Assistant Professor in Writing (Instructional Track)

Rochester, NY

Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

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Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

Appointment Details

Full Time. Position begins with a three-year contract that may be renewed as a four-year contract.

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program ( at the University of Rochester is seeking applications for one Assistant Professor ( Instructional Track ( ) with academic or professional experience that can speak to one or more of the following areas: Writing Studies/Composition/Rhetoric, legal writing, STEM fields, social sciences, digital and multimodal communication, technological advancements and the teaching of writing. The ideal candidate will value diversity, equity, and inclusion ( and relate these principles to their pedagogical approach and community interactions.

A Ph.D. or Ed.D. is expected, but ABDs will be considered. Although an advanced degree is required, the degree need not be in Writing Studies/Composition/Rhetoric, but if the degree is outside this field, the candidate should have extensive writing experience in one of the areas listed above.


WSAP faculty–all non-tenure track–participate in all aspects of the program (teaching, service, and scholarship). This includes

  • Teaching 24 credits per year, typically a combination of 4- and 2-credit first-year and upper-level courses distributed across the fall and spring semesters
  • Participating in program meetings, workshops, and events
  • Contributing to program initiatives through committee and other work that strengthens our community
  • Engaging in scholarly work (often collaboratively) 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 houses the primary writing requirement, supports upper-level writing, and offers writing studies clusters and a minor that complement students’ academic and professional goals across Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. Our faculty, instructors ( and tutors ( come from a range of disciplines; our curricula and programs typically emerge from collaborations with other departments and programs across Arts, Science, and Engineering. We are looking for candidates who love to teach, have an interest in writing studies research, and are excited to be part of an innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative--and friendly:)--community.

Initial appointment of renewable faculty appointment: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027.

Salary range: $58,000 - $58,000

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. Full sets of recent course evaluations

  4. Teaching Statement--with examples--that addresses the following:

  5. How do you relate writing pedagogy to your area(s) of specialty?

  6. How do you incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, as well as in research and/or service?

You may address (a) and (b) either in one teaching philosophy or in a teaching philosophy and diversity statement.

  1. Three letters of recommendation to the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program.
  2. We welcome but do not require supplemental materials (e.g., syllabi, assignments, writing sample, course website, teaching video, etc.)

Review will begin as applications are received and continue until the position is filled.

The referenced pay range represents the full base range of pay for this job. Individual salaries will be determined within the job’s salary range and established based on market data, experience and expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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