Director of Expository Writing

Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

United States

Director, Expository Writing Program

Requisition #: A-80370-3

Status: Full Time

Type: Faculty

School: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program: Department of English

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Location Zip Code: 21218

Closing Date: 12/07/2020 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time

To apply:

General Description

Johns Hopkins University seeks to hire the Director of its Expository Writing Program, housed in the English department. A joint appointment in a department related to the candidate's expertise, if outside English literary studies, may also be possible. The successful candidate will have with a strong background in rhetoric [and rhetorical theory], with fluency in writing and pedagogy. The candidate's fields of research may include minority cultures, indigenous traditions, or diaspora and global community. In addition, the new Director will be able and willing to engage in program building and the elaboration of curricular issues as they pertain to writing in the sciences.  The appointment will be at the rank of Senior Teaching or Tenured Associate or Full Professor, commensurate with experience, achievement, and publication record.

In its current configuration, the Expository Writing Program at Johns Hopkins is an established, highly effective freshman course with an enrollment of nearly half of all (1300+) entering JHU undergraduates.  The pedagogy is state-of-the art, the faculty includes a stable team of devoted and skilled lecturers, along with advanced doctoral students in English.  The two existing courses are small seminars offering intensive study of the art of mounting a persuasive scholarly argument.  

The program is outgrowing its capacity, and the new Director will have the opportunity to innovate its nature and scope.  We seek a Director who will broaden the program's reach across all departments and disciplines, putting writing at the heart of undergraduate learning.


Serious candidates for the position should have:

*A Ph.D.  or M.F.A. in a relevant field
*Experience in managing a large program and training teachers
*A commitment to writing and to the teaching of writing
*A well-articulated and compelling vision of the role of writing in various disciplines, and for various and diverse populations

Application Instructions

Applications are only being accepted electronically via Interfolio until December 7, 2020.  To apply, please click the "Apply Now" button, and include the following required documents: cover letter, CV, representative publications, sample teaching evaluations.  Please also list names and email addresses for three references.

To apply for this position, visit:

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

  • During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.
  • The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

EEO is the Law. Learn more: 
Important legal information:

Clery Notice of Availability 

The Johns Hopkins University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the University’s website

In keeping with the mandates of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the University’s Annual Report contains statistics of certain crimes that are reported and that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or an officially recognized student organization, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus for the three most recent calendar years. Also included are campus security policies including those related to missing student notifications, alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, and fire safety policies and statistics. All Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students are encouraged to read and print out the report at and to report all criminal incidents promptly to your respective security department.

A printed copy of the report may be obtained from the following university security offices or personnel: Homewood (410-516-4631); Peabody Institute (667-208-6608); Medical Institutions (410-614-3473); Applied Physics Laboratory (443-778-4805); Harbor East Campus (410-234-9301); Columbia Center (410-516-9700); SAIS Bologna Center (202-663-5808, Int. +39.051.2917.811); Washington Centers - KSAS (202-663-5808), SAIS (202-663-5808), Carey Business School (202-663-5808); Hopkins-Nanjing Center (202-663-5808, Int. +86.25.8359.2436); Montgomery County Campus (301-294-7011) and Barcelona, Spain (Int. +34.93.542.25.99).

In your application, please refer to


amsterdam uni

antwerp uni

cambridge uni

florida uni

hamburg uni

harvard uni

hiroshima uni

oslo uni

purdue uni

ryerson uni

shanghai jiao tong uni

stockholm uni