The University of Pittsburgh Composition program invites applications for full-time lecturers to join an active and innovative program that houses first-year composition classes and a growing Public and Professional Writing major and certificate program. Colleagues teach a range of courses in the undergraduate composition curriculum, from first-year composition courses to intermediate and advanced courses. Full-time lecturers teach a 3/3 load, with some responsibility for administrative or committee work. Lecturers hired in this search will have a three-year renewable 8 month contract, starting in fall term 2019. Non-tenure-track faculty members are not eligible for tenure, but have paths to promotion.
Our program has long cultivated interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to the field of composition. We believe in asking students to engage with challenging texts and do serious intellectual work in their writing. Our program in Public and Professional Writing extends those commitments across the university and to workplaces, as well as to the broader public sphere.
We value flexible teachers who can create engaging courses that respond to the needs of our programs and general education requirements. Lecturers are likely to regularly teach a version of our first-year composition course or a course for international writers who need specialized support for their writing. They will also have the opportunity to work with writers in the Writing Center and/or develop and teach courses in one or more of these areas: digital media, Black rhetoric, legal and policy writing, medical and health writing, science and technical writing, writing in advertising and public relations, professional writing, writing for people with disabilities. Candidates with teaching experience in these areas are preferred.
Applicants must hold an MFA or a PhD at the time of appointment and offer evidence of excellent teaching and institutional and professional engagement. They must also show how their teaching or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.
Salary is competitive.
Deadline: March 31, 2019.To apply, submit the following items via Interfolio:
- Cover letter
- Current curriculum vitae
- Teaching statement that addresses writing pedagogy and a commitment to inclusion and diversity
- Sample syllabi for two writing courses, and at least two writing assignments or sequences; other teaching material such as in-class workshops is welcome.
- Student surveys for three classes
- Names of at least 3 references who are familiar with the candidate’s teaching