The USC Writing Program in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California, seeks qualified applicants for part-time teaching faculty to join our department.
The Writing Program teaches courses that fulfill USC's undergraduate writing requirement in a context informed by the rhetorical tradition, process theory, and ethical discursive practices. First-year courses develop students' writing and critical reasoning skills within thematic contexts. Advanced courses, composed primarily of juniors and seniors, bring students together based on their academic interests and career goals, addressing writing in different disciplines for various audiences. Small class sizes in both first-year and upper-level courses facilitate a workshop model of instruction, frequent one-on-one and small-group conferencing, and an emphasis on the writing process. Faculty teach up to three sections each semester, for which they will develop syllabi and assignments in accordance with program guidelines.
Initial appointments are for one year fixed-term, with the possibility of renewal contingent on university need, as well as performance and review by the program faculty, its directors, and the college deans. We offer competitive pay and benefits to part-time Lecturers. New faculty will join a vibrant community of teachers, writers, and scholars composed of faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines.
Candidates should have a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree by the time of appointment. We require demonstrated excellence in teaching writing at the college level and we value familiarity with the needs of writers whose first language is not English. Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. While many of our faculty have scholarly backgrounds in English Literature or Rhetoric and Composition, we welcome candidates from all fields.
Review of applications will begin after April 15, 2021, and will continue on an ongoing basis. Applicants should submit a letter of application, diversity statement, CV, teaching evaluations, a recent course syllabus with writing assignments, and three letters from referees who can speak to teaching abilities. The referees will be contacted directly by USC. The diversity statement (300-500 words) should describe your training, experience, and/or commitment to using diversity as a pedagogical tool, as part of efforts to promote equity in the classroom and university community. In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the "Apply" button at the top of this page.