University of California San Diego — Marshall College, Dimensions of Culture Writing Program Director / Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment

Thurgood Marshall College, formerly known as Third College, was founded in 1970 in a period of transformative social change in the United States and the world. From its beginning, the college has enriched the lives of undergraduates with a commitment to the development of young people as both professionals and engaged citizens. In 1993, the college was named in honor of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Justice Marshall is well known for his dedication to educational opportunity for all, civil rights, freedom of speech, women’s rights, and the right to privacy.

Thurgood Marshall College at the University of California, San Diego, is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body, and seeks a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE) to serve as director of its Dimensions of Culture Writing Program. The LPSOE writing director position is a nine-month (academic-year) appointment. LPSOEs are full members of the Academic Senate of the Faculty of the University of California, San Diego. The position is analogous to a tenure-track assistant professor whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education.

Thurgood Marshall’s Writing Program, “Dimensions of Culture—Diversity, Justice, and Imagination” (DOC), challenges students to develop a historically grounded understanding of the diverse experiences that have shaped U.S. culture. The distinctive core sequence, which serves as the centerpiece of the general education requirements, emphasizes a deep examination of American society. DOC is designed to be an interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the promise of the nation’s founding ideals juxtaposed to collective struggles to realize those ideals for all communities. The year-long Dimensions of Culture Program introduces TMC students to major issues in the history of the United States with an emphasis on the tension between the nation’s founding principles and the inequality and lack of opportunity experienced by various groups over time.

Topics include:

  • successive waves of immigration
  • the formation of stratifications based on gender, class, “race,” religion, and other categories
  • the social movements that struggled to fulfill the founding ideals
  • the role of institutions in the delivery of justice and equity, and
  • the cultural production that has been shaped by these issues.

All three courses in the lower-division DOC (Diversity, Justice, and Imagination) sequence provide undergraduate students with a critical language that allows them to analyze social problems in an intelligent and grounded fashion. In addition to attending core curriculum faculty lectures, students will participate in small discussion sections led by graduate student Teaching Assistants.

Details about the program may be found at:

The Dimensions of Culture Writing Program Director will be an academic leader who, in addition to teaching in the program, will contribute to its design and help define its pedagogical vision. The Director will take the leadership role, in collaboration with the College Provost and the College Writing Advisory Committee, in curricular design; successfully recruit, train, and supervise graduate teaching assistants and lecturers; monitor and assess the program’s effectiveness and learning outcomes; supervise a small staff; collaborate with the directors of the other colleges’ writing programs on campus-wide writing initiatives; and participate as a member of the senior staff of Marshall College in coordinating academic activities and setting goals for the college. The Director will be able to propose courses to teach in Summer Session, which provides additional income.

Required Qualifications:

The successful applicant should have:

  • A Ph.D. in American Studies, Literature with a U.S. focus, History with a U.S. focus, and related fields. Ideal candidates will also have experience in teaching critical reading and writing skills to undergraduate students.
  • A record of distinguished teaching in a U.S.-related research area with expertise in teaching college-level reading and writing
  • Strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience administering a college writing program or comparable program that utilizes American Studies materials.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and based on published University of California pay scales.

Applications should be submitted to the UCSD on-line application collection system, AP-On-Line Recruit, at: In order to be considered, applicants are to submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, 3 reference letters and a separate statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions (For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see

*Teaching evaluations may be requested if the candidate is selected for an interview

AA-EOE: The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.