Assistant Professor of English/Writing Center Director (Tenure-Track)

College of Arts & Sciences

Millikin University’s English Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of English to serve as Writing Center Director and teach courses for our English major and innovative general education writing program, beginning August 2024. 

Candidates will direct Millikin University’s Writing Center and teach three English courses per semester. The 3/3 teaching load will include a combination of first-year writing, writing in the disciplines, and advanced English courses relevant to the applicant’s expertise and department needs. The Writing Center Director is responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate tutor staff who work with students from across the university; leading weekly tutor staff meetings/trainings; marketing Writing Center services; conducting outreach to faculty and students; holding office hours to support tutors; and managing the Writing Center suite and budget. All English faculty are expected to publish scholarly and/or creative work and engage in university service.

A PhD in rhetoric/composition, technical/professional writing, creative writing, literature or a closely related field is required for this tenure-track position. Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in a university Writing Center setting or similar higher education environment, experience teaching first-year writing courses, and a clear record of teaching excellence.

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive institution serving approximately 1,800 undergraduate, graduate, full-time and part-time students who study in four colleges/schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Fine Arts and Professional Studies. Situated on an attractive 70-acre campus in Decatur, Illinois (population of 65,000), Millikin is located 180 miles southwest of Chicago, 150 miles west of Indianapolis, and 120 miles northeast of St. Louis. A Millikin education is characterized by performance learning — a unique approach to learning that builds the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students apply their learning to experiences both in Decatur and around the world.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2024, and will close once the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials to 

  1. Letter of application
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Teaching philosophy that includes discussion about diversity commitments and experience teaching diverse audiences
  4. Contact information for three professional references

For any questions, email Dr. Julie Bates, director of the School of Writing, Languages & Cultures ( 

Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in this field are encouraged to apply. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Millikin University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. Millikin offers a competitive salary and full benefit package, including eligibility for tuition waiver. 


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