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POSITION DESCRIPTION AND ANNOUNCEMENT
Assistant Professor, Rhetoric Department
Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication
University of Minnesota http://www.rhetoric.umn.edu
The Department of Rhetoric of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites
applications for a tenure-track position in the area of technical communication
pedagogy and communications technology. The Rhetoric Department offers a B.S.
and an M.S. in scientific and technical communication and an M.A. and Ph.D. in
rhetoric and scientific and technical communication.
The department is looking for a teacher and scholar who will augment the
department's nationally recognized efforts in scientific and technical
communication pedagogy and communications technology. This person would conduct
research and guide graduate students in the design, implementation, and
evaluation of electronic learning environments, educational multimedia, and
online documentation. Additional expertise should include at least two of the
following areas: audience analysis, document design, visual rhetoric, Web design
and navigation, usability testing, and writing and designing for e-space.
Teach and develop courses in areas of specialization. Engage in an active and
coherent research program. Collaborate with departmental efforts toward
establishing academic and industry partnerships. Support both theoretical and
practical aspects of technical communication. Seek external funds through
grants. Serve as advisor to undergraduate majors and graduate students in the
department. Provide general service to the department, college, and community.
Appointment, Rank, and Salary:
Nine-month, tenure-track position; rank of assistant professor; competitive
salary. Starting date is 16 September 1998.
Minimum: Ph.D. (in hand on starting date) in Technical Communication, Rhetoric,
Instructional Design, Communication, Human Factors, or closely related field.
Evidence of ability to contribute to existing programs in Department by teaching
and publishing. Familiarity with the technical communication discipline.
Desired: The Department will prefer candidates with successful teaching
experiences, research, and publication records; skills appropriate to designing,
implementing, and evaluating online learning environments; evidence of
collaborative research activity; and industry or related experience.
Application Procedure and Deadline:
Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcript, and three letters
of reference to:
Ann Hill Duin, Chair
Department of Rhetoric
University of Minnesota
64 Classroom Office Bldg.
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Review of applications will begin 6 March 1998 and continue until the position
The Rhetoric Department plans to make a preliminary selection of potential
candidates early in March and hopes to meet informally with any of those
candidates attending the College Composition and Communication Conference in
Chicago in April. Other potential candidates who are not attending CCCCs will be
contacted by telephone. We anticipate campus interviews will be held in mid to
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall
have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to
race, religion, color, creed, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital
status, veteran status, public assistance status, or sexual orientation.
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