Academic Jobs Wiki

If you wish, please feel free to use this page to share information about salaries offered for positions in Rhetoric and Composition. This would be helpful to all current and future seekers. If you're willing to do this, make a note of the kind of job, the level (asst/assoc/full), the region, the kind of university, the salary, and any very significant perks/incentives (if any), male or female, and if you negotiated.

  • Example: "Assistant Prof TT, South, Public University, $62,500 9 month contract, + summer teaching extra, $5,500 moving, $5000 startup, female (negotiated moving expense)"

See 2009 Detailed Hiring Info (for Rhet/Comp jobs), Rhetoric / Composition 2010 Positions and Details & Rhetoric/Composition Positions and Salaries 2011-12 for results from the last several seasons.

Also see: English Lit Salaries 2012-13 & English Lit Salaries 2011-2012.

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Rhet/Comp Positions and Salaries 2012-13[]

Average Writing Program Director Salary: $75,000 (see Dec. 2012 WPA Listserv)

Assistant Prof, TT, Midwest, Public University, $52,000, 9 month contract, up to 1 month's salary moving expenses, new computer, $1000/year professional development, female

Assistant Prof. TT, Southwest, Public University, $54,000, up to $2000 moving expenses, new computer, female ABD.

Assistant Prof TT, Northwest, Public University, $52,000 9 month contract, guaranteed $5000 research grant first summer, $5,000 moving, $3000 startup, female

Asst. Prof TT, Northeast (small town), SLAC, $48500 12 month contract, $4000 moving, $2500/year professional development, new computer, good benefits, female ABD

Asst. Prof TT, Northwest, Public University, $48,000 9 month contract, up to 10% of salary for moving expenses, $1100/year travel, new computer, female

Asst. Prof TT, Midwest, Public University, $51,000, $2000 moving expenses, up to $5000 for professional development work this summer, new computer, female

Asst. Prof TT, Northeast, Public University, $64,000, 9-month contract, $6000 moving expenses, $4000 for 5 years each year for research and travel, new computer and printer, female ABD

Asst. Prof TT, East, Public U, $59,000, 10-mo contract, no moving or startup.

Asst. Prof TT, South, Public University, $54,000, 9 month contract, $2000 startup, female

Asst. Prof TT, Midwest, Public University, $56,000, 8 month contract, summer teaching extra, small reimbursement for moving expenses (move would be nearby), new computer, female ABD

Asst. Prof TT, Southwest, Public University, $62,000, 9 month contract, $7000 startup (negotiated up from $3500), $3300 moving expenses, new computer, NTT position for wife, male

Adv. Asst. Prof TT, Northeast, Public University, $73,000, 9 month contract, no moving or startup (union), $4500/yr research and professional development plus other grants, female

Asst. Prof TT, East, Public University, $58,000, 9 month contract, $20,000 startup, $7,000 moving expenses, new computer, male

Asst. Prof TT, Midwest, Small Liberal Arts College, $49,000, 9-month contract, $500 for software, $2,000 moving expenses, male ABD (negotiated salary, software, moving)

Lecturer, renewable, northeast, R1, $58,000, 10-month contract, moving, female ABD.

Asst. Prof TT, Northeast, Public University, $61,000, 9 month contract with extra money for summer teaching, no moving or startup (union), generous benefits, including 100% college tuition for children, female PhD

Asst. Prof TT, East, Public University, $51,500, 9 month contract with extra money for summer teaching, no moving or startup, new computer, male PhD.

Asst. Prof TT, Midwest Public University (small town), $45,000 (common summer teaching or overload pay for admin work), 9 month contract, no moving expenses (BOR reqs), new computer, at least $1000 prof dev with the option of more from the college, male ABD (defended before contract start date)

Visiting Asst Prof (non-TT), Public University, East, $45,000 (with benefits), 9-month contract, new computer, $3,000 moving expenses, and $2,500/year travel & professional development, male PhD.

Associate Prof TT, Mountain West, Public University, $57k (base) + extra summer teaching (8k, two sections). No moving.  14% donated to retirement.  Tuition for family.  New computer every three years. Ok travel money.  Male.  Worked here ten years.

Assistant Prof TT, East, private SLAC, $58,500. Negotiated up 3k, new computer, male Ph.D.

Comments and Questions[]

Can we put (TC) next to the technical and professional writing positions because we're an established subfield like WPA? I'm not sure if our salaries differ from other Rhet / Comp positions or not, but knowing what's normal for us could help our TC colleagues in their salary talks.  

  • Hi: this is a page for last year's job cycle salaries (offers made for jobs starting in AY 2012-13). It's a bit late for this page, but guess it's time for a new page and the dstinction you suggest may be established there: Rhetoric/Composition Salaries for AY 2013-14

I'd like to hear about what startup pay means. Is this just a signing bonus, if you will? $20,000 sounds quite nice. Is this (startups, not a $20,000 one necessarily, but startup pay in general) standard with some institutions?Jobz4uNme 06:57, March 15, 2012 (UTC)

Oh wow! I just noticed that $20k in startup for that last offer. I received an offer for $7k & here's what it covers for me: travel to archives, travel to conferences (above yearly travel fund), software to support pedgagogy, and, I believe, additional computer and office equipment over-and-above the agreed upon computer.
A lot of times, large start-up funds will be held in reserve by individual colleges/schools and doled out, as needed, over a number of years (usually, I believe, the years before the three or four year tenure review). Large start-up funds are also, often, granted with the assumption that some or most of the money would go for a subvention offer to a university press for book publication.
I have found that, generally, some start-up money is provided in most offers. Between us, my wife and I got five offers this year and all of them included some kind of start-up money (this covers both lit & rhet jobs at a variety of different kinds of institutions). Oncomouse 16:56, March 16, 2012 (UTC)

Why do so many people negotiate for a new computer or that so many institutions typically offer this? I understand the need to negotiate for a machine on site at work that can be entirely for research, but why does it have to be new? Our field has a deep engagement with the materiality of writing (peep Technological Ecologies and Sustainability: Methods, Modes, and Assessment for some consideration on it in our field) and e-waste is a significant issue (she says, the day the "new iPad" is announced). Does the moment of negotiation have to be just about about the new? just about you?

I guess I would answer this question/rant/self-promoting-article-plug with an illustration of the unlikely conversation that would occur given the opposite scenario you suggest: "Why, yes, I think that sounds like a fabulous offer, but my advisor told me to inquire whether you could throw in an old typewriter for me to write on. Whether it works or not is entirely up to you, since I plan to perform this duty without thought of reward for myself or my new family. On that score, I suppose I don't need to have a new baby, if you know of anywhere I could find an old one, but my partner is somewhat insistent. Also, do you mind paying me in confederate currency, or possibly old buckskins? That would help me avoid all those evil trappings of capitalism that ultimately sully this whole salary negotiation experience, and would alleviate the need to print new money at public cost. Oh, and I'll only sign the contract if it is printed on 100% recycled stock, using mercury-free synthetic ink (or at the very least, ink harvested from free-range squid)."
To answer without the sarcasm, yes the "moment of negotiation" is probably the one and only time we will have any semblance of power in this asymmetrical employer-employee relationship, so it is our one and only chance to make something "just about [us]" for one brief and shining moment. Some of us have been living below the poverty line for so long that we might leap at the opportunity to have something new for once. I'm not sure where you get off wagging your finger at a bunch of wage slaves who finally get to negotiate for a decent salary for the first time in their lives (at an average age of 36!) and some new office equipment that might actually be under warranty for a couple of years, but I think your admonishments are best saved for people who have the means to say with casual disdain, "meh, who needs a new computer or iPad? They're only things, after all!" Well, madame, they are things some of us might need to do our jobs for the next few years, so why begrudge us that?
  • hey OP here: clearly I raised some vitriol (I get it - the tone of the final question could rub) - but I actually just wondered about the "new" part having heard about a negotiation where someone was offered a desktop, but was told it might be 2-3 years old, and that seemed fine/wasn't a point of further negotiation - but thanks for the sarcastic anger P1. Hilarious.

Not angry at all. Read it in a friendly mocking tone, and you're closer to the mark.

Odd that so many offers have been made already, but there are still no posts. Is everyone shy this year? Azzypoo 19:26, February 14, 2012 (UTC)

I'm guessing, b/c so much news seems to be coming 2nd hand from a person at Purdue, that a lot of the people getting offers are not regular wiki users.Oncomouse 18:07, February 15, 2012 (UTC)

Guess it's not a good year to be male and on the job market. First four posts from females. Azzypoo 19:33, February 18, 2012 (UTC)

--- Maybe it's because women are more likely to report, or just an effect of the small sample size.

I'm sure sample size has much to do with it. The humanities do employ more female scholars, though. But, really, I was just making an observation -- there's not enough data for any sort of meaningful conclusions to be drawn here.
Well, congratulations to the one dude with a job in the Southwest! I would actually not be at all surprised to find that more women are getting jobs (based on my own observations). We obviously can't know for sure in either case.