Post-Doctoral Position in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

The English Department at Wayne State University invites candidates for a 12-month post-doctoral fellow position in Rhetoric and Writing Studies beginning Fall 2023. The area(s) of research specialization are technical communication, community literacy, and/or first-year writing. The teaching load is 0:1 in the first year and 1:1 in the second and third years. This position is one of several under the inaugural Wayne State University Pathway to Faculty Program which includes structured mentoring, resources for the establishment of an independent research program, and the support of a community committed to equity and inclusion. Professionals in the field, both internal to and external to Wayne State, will provide mentoring to help the candidate develop a sustainable research agenda. Following the successful completion of the three-year pre-faculty fellowship, the position will transition into a tenure-track assistant professorship in the department for a minimum of two years. The teaching load during the tenure-track appointment will be 2-2 in undergraduate and graduate courses. A Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field is required at the time of appointment as a pre-faculty fellow.

All applications must be submitted online. To submit an application, applicants should go to the Wayne Talent website and upload the following: a statement of purpose, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, a CV, a list of three academic references, and one writing sample (PDF of a published article or manuscript of approximately 15-30 pages).

For the diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, please let the Appointments Committee know how your research and teaching will support Wayne State University's mission to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.

Materials received by December 31, 2022 will receive priority consideration. Questions about this search can be directed to the Appointments Committee Chair Caroline Maun at englishsearch@wayne.edu. 

Rhetoric and Writing Studies is one of two concentrations in the Ph.D. program in the English Department at Wayne State University, an urban research university with the highest Carnegie designation of RU/VH (Research University, very high research productivity). 

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.