University of Texas at Arlington — Tenure-Track Assistant Professor specializing in Technical Writing & Professional Design

The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Technical Writing & Professional Design, to start in the Fall 2022 semester. 

The successful applicant will be an active researcher who can contribute to our vibrant MA and PhD programs and to our emerging undergraduate program in TWPD, which includes a minor and a certificate and which offers face-to-face, online, and accelerated online courses. The teaching load is 2/2 the first year, with the expectation of remaining 2/2 thereafter based upon significant research productivity. The position also entails service, such as mentoring graduate students or participating on committees. 

A PhD in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely allied field is required; a PhD in Technical Writing, Technical/Professional Communication, or a closely allied field is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests, qualifications, and/or experience related to one or more of the following areas: 

  • content design and delivery (e.g., strategy, usability and user experience, digital/visual design, etc.) 
  • curriculum development and/or writing program administration 
  • decolonial/cultural rhetorics, particularly Asian/Pacific American, Chicanx/Latinx, and/or Indigenous/Native American rhetorics 
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion and social justice in technical and professional communication 
  • grant and proposal writing 
  • internships and community partnerships 
  • making/makerspaces 
  • medical or scientific writing 
  • translation, multilingualism, and/or translingualism 
  • writing in the disciplines 

Strong preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching diverse student populations.
To apply, please go to and submit the following by April 11, 2022, in order to ensure consideration: 

  1. A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in UTA, qualifications, research projects, teaching experience, and professional service and that addresses how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service have or would support the success of a diverse student population. 
  2. A CV that includes a list of proficiencies with various technologies used in research and/or teaching. 

Please direct questions to the Chair of the TWPD Search Committee, Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril ( 

Situated within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, UT Arlington is a diverse academic community of students working together with faculty committed to outstanding teaching, research, and scholarship. With a global enrollment of approximately 60,000 students, The University of Texas at Arlington is the largest institution in North Texas. It is one of 131 universities nationwide to receive the R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. In 2021, UTA received the Texas Tier One designation reserved for the state’s top institutions for academic and research excellence and the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) award for outstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. The University ranks No. 1 nationally in the Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and has approximately 240,000 alumni making an impact across Texas and beyond. 

The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus. UTA also encourages applications from veterans. UTA currently requires periodic COVID-19 testing for all employees. 

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