Specialist in Professional/Technical Writing at the George Washington University

This position is open until filled and we welcome any inquiries about the position (contact information is included below).


The University Writing Program (UWP) at The George Washington University (GW), in Washington, DC, seeks a specialist in professional or technical writing, broadly construed, to join the program at the rank of Assistant Professor (non-tenure accruing). The successful candidate will contribute an active research agenda to complement the work of our diverse faculty and play a central role in the development of new initiatives and course offerings that expand the program’s reach, both within and beyond the university.

GW is a major research university, serving approximately 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students across multiple campuses in and around the nation’s capital. The UWP is one of the largest and most active academic units at GW, encompassing three divisions -- First Year Writing (FYW), Writing in the Disciplines (WID), and the Writing Center (WC), with approximately 2,500 students in FYW, 8,000 students in WID, and 6,000 WC appointments each year. This year, our WID program was added to US News and World Report’s shortlist of best programs in the country.

We are seeking a person who can contribute to our First Year Writing (academic writing) division by regularly teaching the required first-year introduction to academic writing and research course (“UW1020”), as well as to the development of an emerging professional and technical writing division. This person also will collaborate with our WID and WC divisions. We are particularly interested in better serving students in the schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Public Health and Health Services, and Business, as well as offering non-credit courses tailored to the needs of staff at the plethora of businesses, governmental agencies, and NGOs in our area.

Regular rank (Assistant, Associate, and Full professor) appointments in the UWP carry teaching, research, and service expectations, in that order of priority. The standard teaching load is 3/3. For this position, there is an expectation that some portion of that load may be reallocated toward administrative and program-building work. The initial contract period will be three years. Following a second successful reappointment process, subsequent contracts will be five years. GW values productive relationships beyond the university, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to devote up to one day per week to outside consulting work (which our location in Washington, DC, richly supports).

Minimum Qualifications: PhD or other terminal degree, or master’s degree with at least two years of experience teaching professional, business, scientific, or technical writing; an active research agenda; experience and evidence of excellence in writing instruction; experience in teaching with multimedia. Degree specialization is open; however, some familiarity with contemporary composition and/or rhetorical theory and practice is required.

Start date is August 1, 2013. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Continuing non-tenure track faculty appointments at GW have relative parity with tenure-track positions in salary, benefits, and access to promotion. Review of applications to begin November 23, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received before December 1. Only complete applications will be considered.

For consideration, submit an application letter, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, course proposal, c.v., and contact information for three references, through the online application system at: http://www.gwu.jobs/postings/11824. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Zachary Wolfe, Chair of the Search Committee, at zwolfe@gwu.edu. All materials submitted may be shared with program faculty.
The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.