Teaching Opportunities

Review of proposals and applications for the 2018-19 academic year will begin February 15 and continue until positions are filled.

All applications should completed online.

A limited number of full-time renewable lectureships for writing in the disciplines are offered each year. Applications are welcomed from Ph.Ds. with a strong interest in writing. Scholars from the natural and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. All faculty are provided with extensive training and support, so teaching experience, while desirable, is not necessary. Lecturers teach 3 seminars per semester capped at 16 students.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 15 and continue until all positions are filled.

Position Description

Penn’s Critical Writing Program is a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) program. We invite applications for one or more full-time, one-year appointment(s) (non-tenure track) as Lecturer to teach small, discipline-based writing seminars to Penn freshmen. Initial appointment(s) are for academic year 2019-20 and may be renewed for up to two additional years contingent on satisfactory performance and approval of the Dean. Following this period, qualified candidates may also be eligible for a renewable longer-term appointment. Teaching load is 6 courses per year on topics determined in consultation with the program administration. Additional responsibilities include midterm and final portfolio scoring, attendance and participation in all training sessions and faculty meetings, and active professional development in teaching, rhetoric, or writing in the candidate’s discipline.

Qualifications: PhD preferred. Strong interest in writing required. Teaching experience desirable but not required. Extensive training and mentorship will be provided. Applicants from Rhetoric & Composition, Sociology, Economics, Engineering, and Business are especially welcome. We are particularly interested in those applicants who have a global research scope or international research focus.

Application dossiers are to be submitted online at http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1485 and should include an application letter; a curriculum vitae; one writing sample; a draft course proposal; summary sheets of student evaluations, if available; and the names and contact information of three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. The University will contact the referees with instructions on how to submit their letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled.

Successful candidate(s) must be able to attend online training sessions during May 2019 and in-person training sessions August 12 – August 16 and August 19 – August 23, 2019. For more information on the program, visit www.writing.upenn.edu/critical.

The Critical Writing Program is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. A letter broadly outlining your qualifications and interest
  2. Your current CV or resume
  3. A proposed course description, focused on your topic, and modeled after those offered by our program. Please include two scholarly monographs focused on your topic, ideally 250 pages or fewer, that you might use as the basis for organizing your course.
  4. Three letters of reference. Candidates should provide names and contact information of the three referees using the application site. Referees will receive an e-mail providing them with a link for submitting their letter.
  5. Evidence of your accomplishments as a writer or scholar (writing sample)
  6. If applicable, evidence of your accomplishments as a teacher (e.g., teaching evaluations, awards)

All application materials should be submitted online through the Penn Faculty Searches site using the following link: http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1485.

Members of Penn faculty and administration interested in teaching a writing seminar should contact Dr. Valerie Ross, Director of the Critical Writing Program, at vross@writing.upenn.edu

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