Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Positions in Writing at University of Southern California


The University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences announces openings for Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Positions in Writing.

The USC Writing Program in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California, seeks qualified applicants for full-time non-tenure-track teaching positions—Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Master Lecturer, Assistant Professor (Teaching), Associate Professor (Teaching), and Professor (Teaching)—to join our faculty beginning Fall 2015.

The Writing Program teaches courses that fulfill the 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, attended primarily by 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.

Full-time non-tenure-track faculty teach three sections each semester, for which they will develop syllabi and assignments in accordance with program guidelines. The Writing Program also provides significant opportunities for professional growth and development. Faculty are eligible to participate in program, college, and university governance. New faculty will join a vibrant community of teachers, writers, and scholars composed of faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines.

The Writing Program hopes to hire faculty interested in making a career of teaching writing at USC. Initial appointments are fixed-term, with the possibility of renewal contingent on performance and review by the program faculty, its directors, and the college deans. Dornsife provides opportunities for promotion based on demonstrated teaching excellence and service to the program, school, and university.


Candidates should have a PhD or other terminal degree by June 2015. 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. While many of our faculty have scholarly backgrounds in English Literature or Rhetoric and Composition, we welcome candidates from all fields.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014. Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, teaching evaluations and the names of three referees who can speak to teaching abilities. The referees will be contacted directly by USC. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/34219.

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