University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas seeks an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition (Search #17033). This tenure-track position will include teaching and research in Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English.

The First-Year Writing Program includes English 101, English 102, and the university’s long-established Stretch Program (ENG 101E and 101F); together these courses serve over 5,000 students during fall semesters and over 4,000 in spring semesters. The Director will be responsible for curriculum development, pedagogy, and instructor training, as well as staffing, professional development, and long-term planning. The position includes considerable administrative support, including two full-time Assistant Directors and an Associate Director who manage day-to-day operations.

The Director of the First-Year Writing Program will be expected to

  • be an active scholar in the discipline of Composition and Rhetoric, or other related field, such as multicultural rhetorics, social justice, or digital literacies, with preference given to research interests and/or experience in best practices when serving diverse student populations;
  • have the ability to teach graduate-level courses in composition and rhetoric, and experience with and an ongoing commitment to teaching multiple levels of first-year writing;
  • coordinate the work of the composition faculty in order to build an intentional, sequential first-year curriculum relevant to our university and our student body, as well as provide the necessary faculty development to implement that curriculum effectively;
  • be an ambassador for the program on local, state, and national levels, and through outreach efforts to the local school district;
  • work closely with the assistant and associate directors to provide leadership about best practices in managing scheduling, staffing, budgets, assessment, and program records.

Teaching load is competitive and includes the required pedagogy course and undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, rhetoric, and professional writing. The Department of English ( offers the BA, MA, and PhD in English, as well as the MFA and PhD in Creative Writing.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a dynamic, growing, urban-centered university, proud of its ranking as among the top five most diverse campuses in the United States, listed as a Minority Serving Institution, a Hispanic Serving Institution, an Asian Serving Institution, and a Hawaiian and South Pacific Islander Serving Institution. UNLV is continually expanding the diversity of its faculty to serve its students. Research areas can include any focus within rhetoric, composition, or writing studies, but we particularly encourage applicants with scholarly interests in minority rhetoric and race and ethnicity in composition studies, as Las Vegas presents a wide range of research opportunities in these fields.

Qualifications include a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, or related field, and appropriate teaching and administrative experience as well as evidence of scholarly potential. Submit cover letter and CV to Dr. Denise Tillery, Search Committee Chair, via on-line application at Although the position will remain open until filled, best consideration will be given to applications received by October 28. For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or