Human Resources

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Rhetoric and Composition

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Department: Humanities
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Humanities, Communication

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University
invites applications for an open rank, tenure track, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition position in Rhetoric and Composition to begin August 2022.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Candidates should have a record of excellent teaching and scholarly work in rhetoric and writing studies. The department's faculty teach and engage in research that both shapes and benefits from a rich multi-disciplinary environment. The department offers doctoral and master’s degrees in the interdisciplinary Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and undergraduate major degrees in Scientific and Technical Communication; Communication, Culture, and Media; and English. Please see our website:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of expertise. Carry out a program of research. Perform department and/or university-level service. The usual tenure-track teaching load is 2 courses (6 hrs.) per semester.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Candidates should receive their PhD by August 1, 2022 in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely-related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated record and continued potential for excellence in research and teaching in the field of rhetoric and composition with expertise in some combination of the following: digital rhetoric and public discourse, rhetoric and human-computer interaction, comparative and cultural rhetorics, environmental communication, multimodal composition, and rhetoric and social justice.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Desirable areas of research and experience include WPA administration, WAC/WID pedagogies related to STEM fields as well as demonstrated ability to mentor graduate students in the field of rhetoric and composition.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills. Ability to teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Experience/interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration; experience/interest in DEIS initiatives.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

As of January 4, 2022, Michigan Tech is requiring all faculty, staff, temporary and student employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 due to the Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate or have an approved exemption for a religious or medical reason.  This includes those working remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the mtu flex website.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and provide contact information for three reference providers, with at least one letter writer who can discuss the applicant’s teaching abilities. Additional materials may be requested after further review.  

Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 5, 2022.  The position will remain open until filled. Candidates should have or expect to receive their Ph.D. by August 1, 2022.

Additional Information

The Humanities department offers doctoral and master’s degrees in the interdisciplinary Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and undergraduate major degrees in Communication, Culture, and Media; English; and Scientific and Technical Communication. Michigan Tech has recently launched nine initiatives that are closely associated with Humanities, including the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC); Diversity and Inclusion; Health and Quality of Life; Sustainability and Resilience; and Education for the 21st Century.


Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals. Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.  (see

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

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