Director of the Writing and Communication Program

Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

College/Div/School: School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Department: Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Job Description: 

The School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications and nominations for the Director of the Writing and Communication Program (WCP) and endowed Class of 1958 Professorship in Communication.  The position seeks a senior tenure-track faculty member at the rank of advanced associate or full professor beginning in August 2020.

The Writing and Communication Program

The WCP Director provides a vision for the Writing and Communication Program’s parallel missions in teaching and learning for Georgia Tech students and in professional development for WCP postdoctoral and lecturer faculty. More specifically, The WCP Director is responsible for advancing the humanistic goals of LMC through the following activities:

  • Furthering the program’s teaching and learning mission by overseeing classes in first-year composition, technical and business communication, learning support, and research writing for 5,500 students per year.
  • Leading and advocating for the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, one of the country’s oldest, largest, and most innovative postdoctoral teaching fellowships in humanistic studies. Through the Brittain Fellowship, the Director guides the careers of 40 teacher-scholars, including their pedagogical development, professional development, scholarship, and employment goals inside and outside the academy.
  • Identifying, promoting, and maintaining collaborations between the Writing and Communication Program, other units within LMC, and across campus (e.g. the Naugle CommLab, the College of Computing, the Scheller College of Business, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain).

Applicant Requirements

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, or Technical Communication (or closely-related field) from an accredited university, and a background check must be completed prior to employment. . Candidates must possess an internationally recognized publication record appropriate for tenure at an R-1 institution and demonstrate a record of excellent teaching, administration, and mentoring. Ideal candidates will integrate traditional and innovative theory and practice in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication into a productive dialogue with other scholars in LMC—helping to articulate the School’s mission of providing “humanistic perspectives in a technological world.”

The School of Literature, Media and Communication

LMC supports undergraduate degrees in Literature, Media, and Communication and Computational Media, and graduate degrees in Digital Media and Global Media and Cultures, and successful candidates will be expected to contribute to these programs. LMC’s location at a public technological university in Atlanta makes it an important international center for innovation at the intersection of the arts, media, and technology. The School is committed to the values of inclusion and diversity, and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented or marginalized communities. For additional information about the School, consult our web site.

Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.

Application Process

Nominations, which should include the name and contact information for the nominee, may be emailed to Dr. Karen Head, Search Co-Chair:  

Applicants can assume a fully confidential process. Applicants should send submit a cover letter (containing an overview of the applicant’s administrative experience, mentorship experience, pedagogical approach, and curricular vision), and a CV. Additional portfolio materials will be requested at later stages. Applications should be addressed to WCP Director Search Committee, School of Literature, Media, and Communication and emailed as a single PDF to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received before November 1, 2019.

Institution Employment Link:

Contract Period: 9 months

CIP Discipline Code: 

Rhetoric and Composition

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, other

Technical and Scientific Communication

Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

Degree Levels: Doctorate

Position Type: Administrative

Application Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

Position Starting Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Search Chair: Dr. Karen Head, Search Co-Chair

Dept. Web Site URL:

Vacancy Status: ACTIVE

Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience