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Assistant Professor of Cultural-Critical Rhetoric

The Program in Speech Communication & Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina seeks to appoint an outstanding scholar of cultural-critical rhetoric at the rank of Assistant Professor.

For this appointment, beginning in August 2013, applicants should have significant and dedicated training in the history and theory of rhetoric, along with interest and expertise in one or more of the following subfields: cultural studies, aesthetics, critical theory, critical performance studies, legal rhetoric, feminist rhetorical theory, critical race discourse, and/or the rhetoric of transnational and global culture.

Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated ability both to expand the Program’s research profile and to complement its current strengths in rhetorical theory, critical social theory, the philosophy of rhetoric, international discourse, public advocacy, rhetoric and technology, performance theory and criticism, and/or communication ethics.

Faculty members in the Speech Communication & Rhetoric Program enjoy a favorable undergraduate and graduate teaching load and are eligible for generous research and travel support. Additional information about the Program can be found on its website. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to make contributions to the biennial USC Conference on Rhetorical Theory and the USC initiative on Social Advocacy & Ethical Life.

The Program in Speech Communication & Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina is closely and deliberately aligned with the Department of English. As it seeks to build substantive bridges between various interpretations of rhetorical and communicative inquiry, the Speech Communication & Rhetoric faculty is committed to rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship and close collaboration with the faculty in Rhetoric & Composition. Ideal candidates will have an interest and capacity to make substantive contributions to this mission.

Applicants for the position must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment (August 2013) and must demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in scholarship and teaching in their areas of expertise.

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by 5 October 2012.

A complete application for this position will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (25 page maximum), teaching philosophy and portfolio, and three letters of recommendation. Electronic or faxed applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover to the address below.

This position in the USC Speech Communication & Rhetoric program is one of two for which applications are currently being accepted. As such, letters of application must identify that they are applying for the position in “Critical-Cultural Rhetoric.” Applications should be addressed to:

Professor Pat Gehrke, Search Chair, Critical-Cultural Rhetoric
Program in Speech Communication & Rhetoric
Department of English Language & Literature
J. Welsh Humanities Office Building
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

The University of South Carolina serves over 29,500 students on the main campus (and over 44,500 students system-wide) and features more than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with “very high research activity.” The Foundation also lists USC as an institution with strong community engagement. The university’s main campus is located in the capital city of Columbia, a diverse metropolitan area that is close to mountains and coastline.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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