Writing courses

Assistant Professor in Writing, (Non-Tenure) Instructional Track job with University of Rochester

Assistant professor in writing, educational path (non-permanent)

Writing, Speaking and Argumentation Program

Appointment details

Full time. The position begins with a three-year contract which can be renewed to a four-year contract.

The University of Rochester Writing, Speaking, and Argumentation Program is seeking applications for a non-tenured assistant professor (in the teaching stream) with academic or professional experience who can speak to one or more from the following fields: Writing/Composition/Rhetoric Studies, Legal Writing, STEM fields, Social Sciences, Digital and Multimodal Communication. The ideal candidate will value diversity, equity and inclusion and relate these principles to their teaching approach and interactions with the community.

A Ph.D. or Ed.D. is planned, but RBAs will be taken into account. Although a graduate degree is required, the degree does not need to be in writing/composition/rhetorical studies, but if the degree is outside of this area, the candidate must have extensive experience writing in one of the areas listed above.


Teach 24 credits per year, usually a combination of 4 and 2 credit courses spread over the fall and spring semesters

Participate in program meetings, workshops and events

Contribute to program initiatives through committees and other work that strengthens our community

· Faculty should engage in scholarly work to advance teaching and learning goals; we support scholarship through collaborative projects, writing groups and conference support

WSAP is an interest-based composition program that offers writing study clusters and minors that complement students’ academic and career goals in the arts, sciences, and engineering. Our instructors and tutors come from a range of disciplines; our programs and programs typically emerge from collaborations with other departments and programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering. We are looking for candidates who enjoy teaching, who have an interest in writing studies research and who are excited to be part of an innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative and friendly community :)-.

Initial appointment (approximate start and end dates): July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026.

Competitive salary.

To apply, please submit the following:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Complete sets of recent course evaluations

4. Teaching statement – with examples – which addresses the following points:

  • A. How do you relate the pedagogy of writing to your area(s) of specialty?
  • B. How do you integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into your teaching, as well as research and/or service?

You can address (A) and (B) either in a teaching philosophy statement or in a teaching philosophy statement and a diversity philosophy statement.

5. Three letters of recommendation to the Writing, Speaking and Argumentation program.

6. We welcome but do not require additional materials (e.g. course syllabi, assignments, writing sample, course website, teaching video, etc.)

7. Uploading application materials will also require a statement of commitment to advancing equity and fostering an inclusive and diverse community in academia.

Review of the application will begin November 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Rochester, an equal opportunity employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from applicants from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled