University of Minnesota Rochester — Composition, Rhetoric, or Writing Studies Faculty (Tenured or Tenure-Track)

Faculty Position (Tenured or Tenure-track) in
Composition, Rhetoric, or Writing Studies (open rank)
Center for Learning Innovation

The Center for Learning Innovation, an interdisciplinary department focused on health sciences, at the University of Minnesota Rochester, seeks applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenured or tenure track faculty position in Composition, Rhetoric, or writing studies to begin fall semester 2020. Applicants specializing in composition theory, pedagogy, or other teaching and learning research are particularly encouraged to apply. Secondary expertise in scientific rhetoric and writing, professional and technical writing, and Writing Across the Curriculum and/or Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) will also be of particular interest. As a part of the Writing Integrated Curriculum (WIC) at UMR, writing is incorporated into the instruction of courses in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. This faculty member will work collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in an interdisciplinary department to teach stand-alone undergraduate writing courses as well as writing units within STEM and Human Sciences courses. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and research excellence in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.

Earned PhD in Composition & Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or closely related field with degree conferred before the start date of the hire is required.

Applicants seeking appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor levels must meet the requirements above and possess a distinguished record of academic achievement (scholarly research or other creative work, teaching, and service) appropriate for rank and tenure/tenure-track status as required by Section 7.12 of the Regents Policy on Faculty Tenure found online at Departmental Standards for Promotion and Tenure for the Center for Learning Innovation can be found at

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate experience and commitment to the scholarship of student learning and engagement with a demonstrated passion for writing integrated within the curriculum.
  • Show experience designing, teaching, coordinating and/or composition courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with undergraduate health care education and/or expertise in a related discipline.
  • Work well in interdisciplinary teams; is enthusiastic about shaping a developing university; and successful experience with team teaching.
  • Have knowledge, experience and ongoing commitment to working with underrepresented and diverse students, including: People of color; new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; first-generation students; and/or students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Exhibit creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and excellent communication skills.

About UMR. The University of Minnesota designated the University of Minnesota Rochester as its fifth System campus in December 2006. UMR’s distinct Vision is to inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower our graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century. UMR offers both the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). The BSHP is a collaborative program with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (MCSHS). UMR’s innovative approach to active, collaborative, interdisciplinary learning is supporting success for graduates who either continue their education in a broad range of health sciences (BSHS) or enter multiple health professions (BSHP).

About the UMR Center for Learning Innovation. The new Composition, Writing Studies, or Rhetoric faculty member will join colleagues in the Center for Learning Innovation (CLI), an interdisciplinary department that focuses on undergraduate education in health sciences and engages students as participants in research on learning. The CLI is a learning-centered faculty community in which ongoing assessment guides practice and is the basis for research on teaching and learning. Faculty take a team-based, collaborative approach to teaching and research. While some engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning across the integrated curriculum, others approach their research from a disciplinary education perspective. The CLI promotes a learner-centered, technology-enhanced, concept-driven, and community-integrated learning environment. Through ongoing assessment of student achievement, the CLI aspires to personalize education and continuously improve the educational experience for our students.

Active review of applications will begin November 18, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled, with the expectation of an August 2020 start date. Applications must be submitted online at Search postings for Job Requisition #333788 for application instructions and links. In addition to the Faculty/Academic Application for Employment form, applicants must attach to the online application (1) a description of teaching experience and philosophy, (2) summary of research interests, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) and diversity statement. For more information, contact

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