1516-Assistant Professor of English.

Job #:  1516.   

One-Year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Writing, Department of English

The Department of English at Pacific University seeks a specialist in rhetoric and composition for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professorship. We seek candidates committed to teaching undergraduate writing and who have some experience developing writing-center services, writing curricula, and assessment.

This is a one-year position that may be renewable for up to three years depending upon strong teaching evaluations and available funding. With a 3:3 course load, the successful candidate will teach introductory composition/rhetoric courses, a section of First-Year Seminar, and occasional creative writing or literature courses depending on enrollment and departmental need. While the applicant will have no service or professional development requirements as part of this position, s/he will have regular duties necessary for the running of the department and/or as determined by the chair.  Depending on the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications, the course load could be reduced to 3:2 with a larger service assignment.

Pacific University is a private, liberal arts college located in Forest Grove, OR, just outside the Portland metro area. The English department faculty members are active in creative, scholarly, and pedagogical innovation. Our undergraduate students pursue credentials in Creative Writing, English Literature, and Editing and Publishing, benefitting from internships with the literary journal, Silk Road Review, and the MFA in Creative Writing program, among others. For more information, please visit www.pacificu.edu.


·         Applicants must have completed their PhD prior to Fall 2017. 

·         They must have experience teaching first-year composition at the college level and evidence of an active research agenda.

·         Expertise in writing center pedagogy and/or digital humanities is a plus.  U.S. work permit required.


·         Application review begins January 10, 2017. 

·         Candidates will be interviewed March 15-18 at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland, OR.

·         Campus visits will be held in late March or early April. An offer will be made in late April.

Required Application Materials

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         Three letters of reference

·         Teaching Portfolio, including a Statement of Teaching (no more than two pages), a list of courses taught, a list of courses prepared to teach, sample syllabi and assignments, sample course evaluations, and a Diversity Statement (no more than two pages)

Please send your materials as one PDF document to the English Search Committee via email: humanities@pacificu.edu. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.  


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.