Pending budgetary approval, we seek a distinguished tenured scholar at associate or full professor rank to fill the Crow Chair in Writing in Pitt's Composition Program. The chair was established to support a professor with a record of distinguished scholarship, a strong commitment to the teaching of composition, engagement with writing instruction, broadly defined, and recognition as one who contributes broadly to the department's mission. We look for a colleague who is open to innovative writing, research, and pedagogy and to pushing the boundaries of the discipline and its relationships to other aspects of English and to the broader public-a colleague who can help mentor the up-and-coming junior faculty, attract and supervise graduate students, and share in the administration of the program and in the support of writing instruction across the university.
Such a colleague would teach a range of courses in the graduate and undergraduate curriculum and join a core faculty with a distinguished record of work in composition, literacy, pedagogy, and rhetoric whose interests include the history and theory of literacy and instruction, rhetoric and poetics, digital media, activist and working class rhetorics, material and bodily rhetorics, critical rhetorics of race and sexuality, rhetorics of science and technology, African American rhetoric and public writing, student writing, and the relationship of reading to writing. Our program has long cultivated interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to the field of composition with a strong commitment to its integration into English Studies. Our new major in Public and Professional Writing extends those commitments across the university and to workplaces, as well as to the broader public sphere. Colleagues edit the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture, collaborate with researchers in science and engineering, and engage in digital research and pedagogy. They have taken the lead in projects such as Pitt Education in Prisons (a pedagogical project bringing together Pitt undergrads with inmates), the Writing Studies Tree (an online, crowdsourced database of academic genealogies within writing studies), a new collaborative major with Computing and Information Science in Digital Narrative and Interactive Design, and DBLAC (a digital network and learning community of Black graduate students in composition, literature, and literacies).
We will be looking for colleagues who would find these commitments, interests, and affiliations congenial and bring to the department research projects and pedagogical practices that will enrich and transform them.
Salary for the position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The chair comes with a generous research and programming fund. The position will begin fall semester of 2019.
In order to receive full consideration applications must be received by November 1, 2018.
Please contact Don Bialostosky, Chair of the English Department, 526 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260,with any questions . firstname.lastname@example.org . 412-624-6509.
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