Illinois State University — Assistant Professor in Technical Communication

The Department of English at Illinois State University invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Technical Communication with research and teaching expertise in the following areas: digital rhetorics; web application development and design; web publishing; information architecture. The selected candidate will join an internationally recognized English Studies faculty with a programmatic commitment to social justice and cultural studies approaches to technical communication; participate in delivering well-established undergraduate and graduate concentrations in technical and professional communication and rhetoric and composition; and help to further develop our focus in international/intercultural technical communication as part of a department commitment to global studies. 2/3 teaching load; competitive salary. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Candidates are expected to have:

  • An earned doctorate in Technical Communication or closely related field
  • Evidence of promising scholarship in Technical Communication
  • A record of successful college teaching in Technical Communication or closely related field.

We additionally welcome candidates with a strong background in rhetoric and with interest and/or experience in any of the following: public rhetorics; environmental rhetorics; usability studies; legal writing; technical editing; teaching online or hybrid technical communication courses.

To ensure full consideration, please complete and submit electronically the standard Illinois State University job application at

Additionally, please send electronically via Interfolio’s ByCommittee – a letter of application, CV, and writing sample to the attention of Elise Hurley, Chair of the Technical Communication Search Committee, Department of English, Illinois State University. Also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Interfolio’s ByCommittee by recommenders.

Letters of application, CVs, and writing samples provided by individuals selected for screening interviews and on-campus interviews will be available for review by all tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Department of English.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016 and continue until position is filled. Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted via Skype or telephone. The appointment begins August 16, 2017.

The ISU English Department emphasizes an English Studies model in its undergraduate, MA, and PhD programs, and includes scholars in the fields of Children’s Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, English Education, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Publishing Studies, Rhetoric, TESOL, and Technical Communication. Our Department faculty and graduate students are a community of diverse scholars who value collaborative and interdisciplinary work. For additional information about ISU and our Department, please consult

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority/Female/Disability/ Veteran.

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