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Endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy and Full or Associate Professor

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University of Arkansas

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Fayetteville, AR, United States

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Aug 29,2019

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Dec 12,2019

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Endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy and Full or Associate Professor



About the University

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200 academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president, and longtime U.S. senator. The mission of the College comes from the writings of Senator Fulbright: “…the highest function of higher education is the teaching of things in perspective, toward the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the free and inquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason, justice, and humanity into the relations of men and nations.”

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the Department:

Housed in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department offers Ph.D., M.A., M.F.A., and B.A. degrees. The Ph.D. and M.A. programs can be completed in literary studies, rhetoric and composition, and literacy studies. New to the department’s offerings are a minor in rhetoric and writing as well as a concentration in rhetoric and writing within the B.A. program. The English Department also offers a graduate certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics.

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Campus, Office Location

Fayetteville Campus - Kimpel Hall

Summary of Job Duties

The Department of English at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville seeks to appoint a Full or Associate Professor as the endowed Brown Chair in English Literacy. This position entails furthering the Brown Chair’s mission to improve literacies throughout the state of Arkansas and beyond by forging durable partnerships with a variety of stakeholders (e.g., practitioners in community agencies and nonprofit organizations, public-school teachers and administrators, and government officials). As an active member of the English Department, the Brown Chair will also teach two courses per year, direct dissertations and theses, and join the department in cultivating a campus culture of writing. The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record of publication, a demonstrated engagement with community literacy, and extensive teaching experience at the graduate level. The ability to collaborate with a diverse faculty and staff is essential. The position starts July 1, 2020, and is a 12-month appointment.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy Studies, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, or related field

Record of high-quality publication in any area related to literacy studies

Experience implementing community literacy initiatives

Demonstrated evidence of excellent teaching at the undergraduate level

Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a diverse faculty and staff

Status as Full or Associate Professor with tenure at current institution

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of excellent teaching at the graduate level

Expertise in computers and writing, digital literacies, and/or access to technology

Expertise in community literacy and/or service learning

Expertise in multiliteracies and/or multimodal composition

Expertise in comparative rhetorics and/or cultural rhetorics

Expertise in rhetorical theory and/or critical theory

Experience teaching first-generation college students

Experience working with diverse student populations

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.





Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding


Repetitive motion




Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Types of Background Checks Required

National criminal background and registered sex offender check

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (


) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

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University of Arkansas Human Resources



(479) 575-5351

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at

. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, a writing sample, and a diversity statement. In the diversity statement, applicants should describe their experience developing a culture of inclusivity. Completed applications received by November 1, 2019, will be given full consideration; applications submitted after this date will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. Initial interviews via Skype are expected in November.

Hiring Location

222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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