Human Resources

Assistant or Associate Professor of Composition

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

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

Michigan Technological University and the Department of Humanities invite applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants with the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments commensurate with a higher rank may be considered for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

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

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in area of expertise and carry out administrative roles as appropriate. Be recognized by your peers for excellence in scholarship. Foster and contribute to a collaborative DEIS culture within the workplace. Engage in professional service activities in the department, university, and professional organizations.  Employees are expected to apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in composition, rhetoric, English, or related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Record of high-quality and innovative teaching and scholarly work in writing studies; experience teaching first-year writing; administrative experience in a writing program or experience in a writing center.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience teaching graduate courses and/or advising graduate students
Experience mentoring, supervising, and training instructors
A record of externally funded research
Experience teaching writing to STEM Students
Active participation in relevant professional organizations

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


Scholarly expertise in some combination of the following areas of specialization:

Writing program and/or writing center administration/studies
Writing across the curriculum (WAC) and/or writing in the disciplines (WID)
Composition theory and pedagogy
Qualitative research design and methods

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Scholarship in antiracist pedagogy, disability studies, feminist pedagogy, literacy studies, LGBTQ+ studies, multimodal composition, technical communication, or translingual writing.

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:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

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 the following: a letter of application detailing their experience with writing program administration and/or writing center experience, their research agenda, and their teaching experience; a curriculum vitae; a diversity statement that describes how their past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging where all members of a campus community can excel; a statement describing their administrative and teaching philosophy; a scholarly writing sample (approximately 20-25 pages). Applicants will include contact information for three reference providers as part of the application process. 

For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by December 2, 2022

Additional Information

The Department of Humanities 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. The usual tenure-track teaching load is 2 courses (6 hrs.) per semester. Please see our website:

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. We enjoy four seasons of outdoor beauty where you can pick blueberries and thimbleberries in the summer; enjoy the fall colors of the mixed northern hardwoods; ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or sled in our 250” of annual snowfall; and hang out on the shores of Lake Superior watching the northern lights. Our university forest maintains 70 miles of singletrack trails for hiking and biking, as well as groomed cross-country and skate ski trails accessible from the campus. Michigan Tech’s own alpine ski hill it is only five minutes from the office to the slopes. Is it time to make your home on the shores of Lake Superior? Reach out to us to learn more about how you can join this team of innovative educators.

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

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.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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