Assistant Professor-Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Job Description:

The Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Rhetoric and Writing Studies to begin Fall 2021. Preferred areas of expertise include technical writing, user experience, digital/visual rhetorics, and multilingualism/translingualism, with priority given to applicants with experience in border rhetorics and anti-racist pedagogy. The successful candidate will research, teach, and mentor in our new undergraduate major in Technical Writing and User Experience and in our doctoral program. This new hire will seek external funding that will support scholarship by both faculty and students in academic, community, and workplace settings. 


  • A Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, or a closely related field required at the time of appointment. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and research excellence 

Preferred: Experience teaching traditionally underserved students

About UTEP and El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic and more than 50% the first generation in their families to attend college.

The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

The Paso del Norte region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded about 133,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.

El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. 

For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues including Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San DiegoPadres, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin on October 15 and will continue until the positon is filled. For information on the position, please contact Dr. Lauren Rosenberg, Chair of Search Committee,  

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Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.