University of Houston Writing Fellows Program

The English Department is pleased to announce the establishment of the Houston Writing Fellows Program for writing instructors interested in joining a cohort of teachers and scholars committed to the theory and practice of writing pedagogy. The Houston Writing Fellows Program is designed to enhance the intellectual and pedagogical community of instructors involved in the English Department’s writing courses by providing workshops, mini-conferences, mentorship opportunities, and other events that explore writing pedagogy. Writing Fellows teach within the University’s Core Curriculum, participate in the program of events, and contribute to the extended exploration of the theory and practice of writing pedagogy. They have opportunities to work with the English Department’s faculty in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy, to explore and develop new pedagogies, and to enhance their own teaching practices.

Eligibility: Individuals who have received their Ph.D. or M.F.A. degrees within the past five years are invited to apply to the Department of English’s Houston Writing Fellowship Program. Writing Fellows normally teach the equivalent of four sections per semester of the Freshman Composition sequence (1303 or 1304), and are expected to participate in the events, workshops, seminars offered by the Department’s writing program. Fellowships are for two years and carry a stipend of $30,000, plus benefits, and a budget of up to $1,200 for conference travel and professional development.

Application process and criteria for selection: Candidates should submit a letter of application that speaks to their teaching experience and their interest in writing pedagogy, and addresses how they can contribute to and benefit from the Houston Writing Fellowship Program. In addition, applicants should send a completed Fellowship Information Sheet, available at; a curriculum vitae; transcripts of their graduate degree(s); three letters of reference; sample teaching evaluations; and sample course syllabi. Successful candidates will combine a record of teaching and academic excellence and evidence of their ability to contribute to the intellectual community of the Program.

Please send application materials to: Professor Wyman H. Herendeen, Chair, Department of English, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-3013. Review of applications will begin on 9 May and continue until positions are filled. The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.