California State University, Long Beach, Department of English

Position ID:CSULB-English-UWCRC [#12653, 2541]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor-English (Rhetoric & Composition) and Director of University Writing Center
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Long Beach, California 90840-2403, United States [map]
Subject Area: English / Rhetoric and Composition
Starting Date:2019/08/19
Appl Deadline:2019/01/15help popup* finished (accepting applications 2018/11/09, finished 2019/07/16, listed until 2019/05/02)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Tenure-Track Position Opening


POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor of English (Rhetoric and Composition) and Director of University Writing Center (UWC)

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 19, 2019 (Fall Semester)

RANK and SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

California State University, Long Beach invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of English in Rhetoric and Composition at the level of assistant or associate professor and to serve as the Director of the University Writing Center.

As a faculty member in the Department of English, the successful candidate will be an active member of the department in terms of teaching, research, and service and contribute to a collegial work environment. Evaluation for reappointment, tenure, and promotion is through the Department of English.

As Director of the University Writing Center, the successful candidate will provide leadership and will be responsible for developing, establishing, and implementing the strategic vision and priorities, goals and objectives, policies and procedures, and assessment measures for the UWC. They will confer with the Advisory Committee of the UWC and will report to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies. The University Writing Center will open in the new CSULB Center for Student Success in 2019 and is expected to play an integral part in campus-wide student support initiatives.


  • Ph.D. in English at time of application or completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2019.
  • Specialization in Rhetoric and Composition or Writing Center Studies.
  • Potential for, or evidence of, excellence in teaching and research (especially in the areas of Writing Center Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, and/or English) at the college level commensurate with rank.
  • A minimum of 3 years of tutoring experience in a writing center.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.
  • Demonstrated potential for successful research and publication
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (as appropriate for Assistant or Associate Level):

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching all levels of college composition.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the administration of a writing center.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and direct staff and faculty, manage budgets, and develop and implement activities as well as strategic plans in the UWC.
  • Demonstrated experience in the rhetoric of gender and sexuality.
  • Experience in writing assessment and curriculum development.
  • Experience in the application of digital technology in rhetoric and composition courses.

As a faculty member in the Department of English:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Participate in training, supervising, and evaluating lecturer or teaching associate faculty in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Participate in assessment activities and curriculum development in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Develop and engage in research, scholarly and creative activities in Rhetoric and Composition and/or Writing Center Studies leading to conference presentations and publications.
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees.
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community.
As Director of the University Writing Center (UWC):

  • Recruit, hire, and train undergraduate and graduate students to tutor within the center as well as in satellite centers across the campus.
  • Develop the UWC into an effective hub of writing support.
  • Collaborate with other student-support centers at CSULB.
  • Evaluate and recommend writing technologies for campus needs.
  • Analyze data and submit annual reports on UWC activities and effectiveness to promote student success.
  • Oversee UWC budget.
  • Contribute to a collegial work environment within the Department of English and the UWC.
  • Participate in professional organizations and attend meetings and workshops as appropriate to the discipline.
  • Develop and implement ways to increase diversity and inclusion in the UWC.
  • Promote the services of the UWC to the campus community.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.  CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:

  • A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one-page, single-spaced)

  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Evidence of successful teaching (syllabi, course handouts, tests, student evaluations, etc.)
  • Finalists will also be required to submit a signed SC-1 form and an official transcript.

Applicants should apply and submit all required documentation electronically through:

Upon request, finalists will be required to submit original, official documents, as noted in the required documentation section. 

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Dr. Eileen Klink, Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of English
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-2403
(562) 985-4223 or

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Review of applications to begin January 15, 2019. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)



A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.


CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status.   CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Dr. Eileen Klink, Chair
Department of English
1250 Bellflower Boulevard-MS 2403
Long Beach, CA 90840-2403

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