Postdoctoral Fellow in the Teaching of Writing

The English Department at Millsaps College is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Teaching of Writing (9-month contract, with renewal for a second year possible). The fellow would be part of a thriving department that oversees the college’s Writing Program and offers majors and minors in Communication Studies, Creative Writing, and Literature in English. The successful candidate will teach two 4-hour courses per year, with at least one course being in first-year writing and the other possibly being in a field such as rhetoric, communication studies, creative nonfiction, public speaking, or other related field. The successful candidate will also have primary responsibility for the following two areas in the Writing Program: 1) the Writing Center, where peer consultants provide support to students as part of the college’s Writing Across the Curriculum approach, and 2) the Writing Portfolio system, whereby students demonstrate writing proficiency for graduation.

Oversight of the Writing Center includes supervising undergraduate writing consultants; supervising the day-to-day operation of the Center, including scheduling, payroll, and budgeting; and working with the Director of the Writing Program, the Chair of the English Department, and the Director of Teaching and Learning to best position the Writing Center to meet the needs of the student population.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or terminal degree) in Rhetoric and Composition, English, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching first-year writing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse student population and emphasizing accessibility.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience working as a peer tutor/consultant and/or administrative experience in a college writing center, writing program, or other student support area.

Application Instructions

Application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Laura Franey at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately, followed by phone and/or on campus interviews. Applicants should submit their materials no later than April 18th to receive full consideration. Questions about this search should be directed to Dr. Laura Franey, Acting Director of the Writing Program, at [email protected], or to Dr. Michael Pickard, English Department Chair, at [email protected].

A complete application will include:

  1. a cover letter
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of teaching philosophy
  4. teaching evaluations and sample syllabus for a first-year writing course (if available) and
  5. three letters of recommendation, sent confidentially on the candidate’s behalf to the same email address noted above.

Within these materials candidates should provide specific examples of how they have contributed to equitable and inclusive academic spaces, including how they would enrich Millsaps College’s commitment to supportive environments for a diverse community.

About Millsaps

Millsaps College is a selective institution of higher education located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi — a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million. Millsaps is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation and the innovative shaping of the social, economic and cultural progress of the region. The college was founded in 1890 by members of the Methodist Church and is consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education.

Millsaps has an enrollment of approximately 750 students and employs 80 full-time faculty members. The faculty/student ratio at Millsaps is 1:9, and the average class size is 14. Millsaps has graduated 25 Fulbright Award recipients, seven Rhodes Scholars, six Goldwater Scholars and two Truman Scholars. Millsaps is a member of the NCAA Division III and Southern Athletic Association and competes in 18 intercollegiate sports.

EEO Statement

Millsaps College values diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Millsaps College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

All offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and verification of employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Millsaps College provides a competitive benefits package.

It is the policy of Millsaps College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact [email protected].

Additional Information

In compliance with the amendments to the federal Clery Act concerning annual security reports, all potential job applicants are free to view Millsaps College’s annual Campus Crime Statistics here.

The only national liberal arts college in Mississippi, Millsaps College has consistently been ranked a “Best Buy” among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges and is cited as one of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives. It was the first institution in Mississippi with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and is the only institution in Mississippi ever to be listed in The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Millsaps is a member of the ACS and NITLE, and has an AACSB accredited business school. In accordance with Federal law, we are making available our Campus Security Report to all prospective employees. Millsaps is located in Jackson, the capital of the state. The Jackson area has a population of around 400,000 and offers low cost-of-living, excellent schools, pleasant climate, and many recreational opportunities.

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