UC Merced — Assistant / Associate Teaching Professor in Writing Studies (3 positions)

The Department of Global Arts, Media, and Writing Studies seeks up to three candidates for Assistant Teaching Professors (tenure-track) and/or Associate Teaching Professors (with tenure). Successful candidates will have demonstrated distinction in teaching and scholarly/creative activities in practice, theory, or pedagogy of rhetoric, composition/writing studies, or creative writing at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and/or Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Assigned teaching for these positions will typically be four (out of five) courses per year in 1st-year composition in the Merritt Writing Program, so experience in this area is especially valued. Candidates with specialization in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Creative writing, fiction or non-fiction with sub-fields in new, hybrid, or digital media
  • Rhetorical theory, history of rhetoric, cultural rhetoric, digital rhetoric
  • Writing about writing
  • Literacy or intersections of writing studies with educational theory/psychology

To be considered, candidates must have a terminal degree (PhD, EdD, MFA) in rhetoric, composition/writing studies, or creative writing.

Preferred qualifications include teaching experience at Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and/or Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

UC Merced is a Hispanic‐Serving Institution with a high proportion of first‐in‐family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing people historically and currently underrepresented in higher education, who have experience teaching and mentoring students from a wide range of backgrounds, and who are committed to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2022.

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than April 25, 2022, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to two writing samples; 4) a contributions to diversity statement; 4) letters of reference (Assistant rank) or a list of references (Associate rank) with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit http://facultyexcellence.ucsd.edu/c2d/index.html#Are-there-any-guidelines-for-wr.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than April 25, 2022.

Applicants for the Associate Professor level should include a list of three references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time.

Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.

For additional information, please contact Jayson Beaster-Jones jbeaster-jones@ucmerced.edu.

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

Apply now: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF01274/apply

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The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (https://www.ucmerced.edu/fast-facts), UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (https://merced2020.ucmerced.edu/).

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