Rhetoric position UC Berkeley

Assistant Professor – Rhetoric of Global Imaginaries of Race or Environmental Rhetoric – Department of Rhetoric


Position title: Assistant Professor

Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t1.pdf. The current base salary range for this position is $74,600 – $97,200. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024


Open date: August 15, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Sep 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Sep 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level either in the Rhetoric of Global Imaginaries of Race, or, in Environmental Rhetoric. Applicants who work at the intersection of these two fields are also encouraged to apply.

In the field of the Rhetoric of Global Imaginaries of Race, the Department seeks applicants whose research and teaching are focused by the discursive structures and practices that shape imaginaries of race and racialization globally. In the field of Environmental Rhetoric, it seeks applicants whose research and teaching centers around the rhetorics that inform natural or built environments, or their interfaces.

Rhetoric is a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary department distinguished by its ongoing interrogation of existing and emerging fields of knowledge at their boundaries. While the Department is open to all disciplines in the humanities or the humanistic social sciences, it strongly values theoretical approaches that cross conventional disciplinary divisions. For more information about Rhetoric, visit https://rhetoric.berkeley.edu.

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of a strong humanistic research agenda and scholarly potential in areas that complement existing strengths in the Department, as well as an ability to teach a wide range of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, to mentor graduate students in the Ph.D. program, and to participate in departmental and campus life.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and in the Department of Rhetoric. Our excellence can only be realized by faculty, students, and staff who are committed to these values. Support for candidates on writing effective statements that demonstrate this commitment can be found at: https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-deib/support-faculty-candidates

The Department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty


Basic qualifications (required at time of application) Applicants for this position must hold a PhD or equivalent international degree or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications Additional qualifications include evidence of strong research agenda and excellent scholarly potential, research and teaching that complement existing strengths in the Department, and the ability to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates should demonstrate broad competence in their home disciplines.

Candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the Department’s multi- and interdisciplinary program and be prepared to teach, mentor, and contribute to the life of the department in a wide range of scholarly areas and interests.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Cover letter detailing research agenda, teaching plans, and areas of service experience and interest, including contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in each of the three categories. For guidance on contributions to DEIB, please find further information here.
  • >Writing Sample – 25-30 pages double spaced

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

References will only be contacted for those candidates under serious consideration and we will seek your permission before doing so

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03993

Help contact: rfahacademichr@berkeley.edu

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