Western Connecticut State University’s Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for a tenure track Assistant Professor - Business/Technical Writing in the Department of Writing, Linguistics & Creative Process. The start date for this position is January 2021.
The Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences is home to 13 departments, 21 undergraduate majors and five graduate majors, and offers a variety of ways for students to further their education. The Department of Writing, Linguistics & Creative Process offers three Options in the Professional Writing major—Creative Writing, Business and Technical Writing, and Journalism and Public Relations - in addition to delivering the university’s freshman writing courses, operating the Writing Center, and delivering courses for or sharing writing courses with other departments around the university. The Department’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing is the largest graduate program in the Macricostas School. The department also offers three undergraduate minors and a variety of writing intensive courses for credit in General Education. Additional information about the department may be found at www.wcsu.edu/writing.
Position Summary: Our new colleague will specialize in the teaching of Managerial Writing and Technical Writing courses; will build interest and enrollment in the Business and Technical Writing Option; likely will teach in the department’s forthcoming Writers’ Studio sequence; may teach courses in Public Relations and/or Composition; and may have opportunities to work with students in the MFA program.
Qualifications: Must possess either a terminal degree or Master’s degree with substantial professional experience in Business or Technical Communications. Must have recent teaching experience at the undergraduate level. Preference will be given to candidates who have recent work experience in Business Communications and/or Technical Writing (freelance work is acceptable). Experience in Public Relations is attractive but not required. Evidence of work experience will be required and is more important than publications, though we would like to see evidence of professional engagement through publications, conferences, or other activities as well.
Faculty carry 12 faculty workload credits per semester but may apply for course release time for research. All tenure-track faculty currently may apply for $1,200 per year for travel to conferences and may apply for release time for research, for research grants of up to $5,000, and for faculty development grants.
WCSU is committed to enhancing our diverse university community by actively encouraging minorities, veterans, women and people with disabilities to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.
Salary & Benefits: The salary range is $64,422 – $85,896 and is commensurate upon candidates' experience. Western offers a comprehensive benefits package. Additional information on benefits can be found at www.wcsu.edu/hr/benefits/. There are grant opportunities to support research and conference attendance.
Application/Interview Process: Interested applicants must submit a letter of application that includes insight into the candidate’s approach to teaching writing; curriculum vitae; evidence of professional experience (work samples) in Business and/or Technical Writing; and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references (no letters, please), who can comment on the applicant's teaching, scholarship, and/or service/leadership to email@example.com. In the Email Subject Line Reference Search #900-012. All materials should be submitted as PDF files. Applications must be received by June 1, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by the end of June.
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