Senior Lecturer(s) in Modern British Literature and Composition

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for one or more Senior Lecturers in Literature and Composition. These are full-time, renewable positions with appointment terms of one to five years with a nine-month service period beginning on September 16, 2016. The successful candidate or candidates will be intellectually expansive scholars trained in modern British literature and able to teach classes in literature, composition, and interdisciplinary classes that combine literature with one or more other arts (e.g., film, music, visual arts).  To match the rank of senior lecturer, the new hire will have experience in lower-division curriculum development and student engagement, and at least five years of college or university teaching experience.

We seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations, prepared to mentor and engage students, and offer support for students and student organizations, who are eager to further UW Tacoma’s goal of building a culturally diverse educational environment. Candidates must have a master’s degree or higher (or foreign equivalent) in English Literature or a related field.

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. The position primarily contributes to interdisciplinary majors in Arts, Media, & Culture and Writing Studies but could also potentially contribute to other interdisciplinary majors at UW Tacoma. The successful candidate will teach courses in literature and composition such as the following: Understanding Literature, Literature and the Arts, Studies in English Literature, Varieties of Literary Criticism, and Introduction to Academic Writing.  For descriptions of the literature courses, see here:  For descriptions of the composition courses, see here:


The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was established in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library

system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. The campus commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth within our campus and broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

To apply, please submit:

1.   Letter delineating your interest in and qualifications for teaching in an interdisciplinary program.  Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity;

2.   Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught,

3.   Statement of your teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness,

4.   Three letters of reference.

Submit all application materials through Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin on the priority deadline of January 1, 2016. For further information e-mail Joe Sharkey, search chair, at

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.