Cover Letter Sample - Assistant Professor Of English Page 2


examines the shift since the 1960s from expressive models of
writing toward now-dominant postmodern conceptions of
decentered subjectivity and self-construction through writing.
I argue that these more recent theoretical models, while
promising, cannot have the liberating effects that are claimed
for them without a concomitant reconception of writing
pedagogy and the dynamics of the writing classroom. I relate
critical readings of theoretical texts to my own pedagogical
experiments as a writing teacher, using narratives of
classroom successes and failures as the bases for critical
reflection on postmodern composition theory. After
developing my dissertation into a book manuscript, I plan to
continue my work in current composition theory through a
critical examination of the rhetoric of technological
advancement in the computer-mediated writing classroom.
My interest in the computer classroom has grown out of
recent experience teaching composition in that environment.
In these courses my students have used computers for writing
and turning in notes and essays, communicating with one
another and with me, conducting library catalogue research
and web research, and creating websites. I have encouraged
Mention specific teaching
my students to think and write critically about their
experience that is relevant to
experiences with technology, both in my class and elsewhere,
the job notice or is otherwise
even as we have used technology to facilitate our work in the
course. Syllabi and other materials for my writing courses
Refer to relevant materials
can be viewed at my website:
available on the web.
< In all of my writing
courses I encourage students to become critical readers,
thinkers, and writers; my goal is always not only to promote
their intellectual engagement with cultural texts of all kinds
but also to help them become more discerning readers of and
forceful writers about the world around them.
I have included my curriculum vitae and would be happy to
send you additional materials such as a dossier of letters of
State your willingness to
reference, writing samples, teaching evaluations, and past and
forward additional materials
proposed course syllabi. I will be available to meet with you
and to meet for an interview.
for an interview at either the MLA or the CCCC convention,
or elsewhere at your convenience. I can be reached at my
Mention any temporary
home phone number before December 19; between then and
changes in contact
the start of the MLA convention, you can reach me at (123)
456-7890. I thank you for your consideration and look
forward to hearing from you.


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