Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Writing & Rhetoric (11104959)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric (DWR) at the University of Mississippi seeks applicants for an Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric. This 9-month teaching position carries a 4/4 teaching load with service responsibilities and starts 19 August 2024.  This is a renewable position with benefits. Instructors are non-tenure track faculty with opportunities for promotion to Lecturer and Senior Lecturer as defined by the department’s Instructor Promotion Policy. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. The DWR supports and cultivates student-centered learning while encouraging collective pedagogical approaches from faculty.


Job Responsibilities
-    Teaching first-year courses, including Writing 101 and 102;
-    Participating in the ongoing evaluation and revision of curricula;
-    Contributing to a professional development community within the DWR;
-    Contributing to distributed assignment, course, and program assessments;
-    Serving the department in various capacities

The University of Mississippi is proud to offer a comprehensive salary and generous benefits package. Benefits include employer-paid portions of medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. In addition, the UM retirement program includes an employer contribution. UM offers generous paid holiday time off, personal (vacation) and medical leave for most employees – staff members accrue personal and medical leave based on their years of service. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. For information about our employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

Position Details

Appointment :9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in composition, rhetoric, or a related field by hiring date


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.



Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Three Professional References with Knowledge of Applicant’s Teaching Record and/or Professional Experience


Optional Documents

  • Sample syllabi
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Sample courses or assignments
  • Diversity statement

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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