Canisius Employment Opportunities


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Work type: Faculty
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Faculty

Assistant Professor & Director of the Writing Center

Canisius College invites applications for a tenure-track professor of English who will create and direct a new Writing Center. The position will begin in August 2018. The Writing Center Director will report to the Dean of Arts and Sciences and hold a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of English.

The director will administer the writing center and teach half-time, including a peer-tutoring course, first-year writing courses, and upper-level rhetoric/writing courses. The director will provide strong leadership in fostering a campus-wide culture of writing and building an effective resource for students and faculty. The director will be responsible for establishing a vision for the center and articulating and assessing the center’s goals and objectives. In addition, the director will run and assess the first-year composition course, hire tutors, hold faculty workshops, and serve as a guide for those teaching writing in the core curriculum.

Required: Ph.D. in Composition/Rhetoric or Writing Center Studies. The successful candidate will have experience and training in writing center theory and administration; knowledge of best practices in the field; a record of excellence in teaching college writing and/or undergraduate writing courses; an active research agenda; outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills; and demonstrated ability to work well in a team-oriented environment. 

We welcome candidates with interests in our humanistic core curriculum, which explores issues of diversity, ethics, global awareness, and social justice. We likewise welcome candidates with experience and expertise using inclusive strategies in working with writers with a range of abilities and from diverse backgrounds.

The review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline to apply is November 15. Interviews will take place at the MLA convention in January 2018. 

Applicants must submit their cover letter (to Mick Cochrane, Chair, English Department), curriculum vitae, and teaching and writing center philosophies. These philosophies should discuss experience and commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Also, please include the names, titles and email addresses of three references. Your references will receive an email from Canisius College requesting they submit their reference letter directly to Canisius College’s Human Resources Department.

Canisius College, founded 1870, is a Jesuit comprehensive liberal arts college with strong commitments to social justice and to preparing students to be reflective women and men for others. The English Department supports the mission and is committed to faculty diversity. To learn more about the English Department at Canisius College go to:

Canisius College is located in the Buffalo/Niagara Region of New York State where the cost of housing, excellent school districts, numerous cultural organizations and a wide range of sports, entertainment and dining venues are just a few of the many things that make for an excellent quality of life.  Our four-season climate allows for a myriad of outdoor recreational activities that range from the beach in the summer to the ski slopes in the winter.  Furthermore, we are only 90 minutes away from Toronto, Canada, an additional source of recreational and cultural activity.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice. Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity. The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.


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