TCU, Department of English, Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition

The English Department at TCU invites applications for the Radford Chair, specialization open.


Established in 1983, the Radford Chair is the oldest endowed chair in rhetoric and composition in the United States. TCU has one of the earliest rhetoric and composition graduate programs in the nation, training PhDs specializing in writing studies since the early 1970s. Previous chairs include Winifred Horner, Susan Jarratt, Jan Swearingen, and Richard Enos.


The position includes a 1-1 load, a generous research fund, and a dedicated graduate research assistant.


The Radford chair should have produced significant, influential scholarship in rhetoric, composition, literacy studies, or related fields. We seek candidates whose lived experiences would prove resourceful in mentoring students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds. Named and endowed chairs in TCU's English department carry responsibilities for providing leadership of curricular innovation and professional development of colleagues. We seek scholars with a sustained research agenda and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.


The English Department and the University are committed to and actively pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion. TCU has both well-established and emergent academic programs in Women and Gender Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, African American and Africana Studies, Latina/o Studies, Middle East Studies, Native American Studies, and Asian Studies that grant a variety of graduate certificates, majors, minors, and emphases. The ideal candidate would contribute to one or more of these academic fields. We are a department that values a variety of research approaches, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and professional service. Shared enterprises such as the Center for Digital Expression provide opportunities for bridging literacy, literature, and writing studies.


To apply, sign in online at and upload a letter of application, CV, and a one-page statement indicating experiences with and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Personal/contact information is required; applicant survey is voluntary. All questions regarding the application process should be directed to Human Resources at or 817-257-7790. Review of applications begins 15 September 2018 and will continue until this position is filled.

Required: Doctorate in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy Studies, or related fields; currently tenured at the rank of advanced associate or full professor.

A private, secular institution of 10,000 students located in the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, TCU is a highly selective teaching and research university.

TCU is dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.