Postdoctoral Positions in the Teaching of Writing

The Department of English at the University of Delaware invites applications for multiple Postdoctoral positions in The Teaching of Writing starting August 1, 2017. The contract is for one year, and is renewable for two additional years. We seek candidates who hold a PhD in any of the areas of English Studies represented in our department, including rhetoric and composition, literary and cultural studies, English education, film, creative writing, environmental humanities, print and material culture studies, African American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, professional writing, and transatlantic/transnational studies. (See our website for areas of particular strength.) Successful candidates will be engaged in the theory and practice of teaching critical writing, and will be asked to draw on their scholarly training to design a seminar-style course introducing students to writing at the university. He or she will join a vibrant growing cadre of Postdoctoral colleagues in our department.

The Department of English includes some of the top scholars and educators of a broad range of fields. We are a department whose mission is to assemble a diverse faculty in race, ethnicity, and thought. We want the broadest range of voices and people to join an intellectual community determined to lead the way in re-energizing and redefining the integrated arts of critical research and writing across the spectrum of print and digital media. With a growing international population of students at UD, we will look closely at candidates with ESL training and scholarship.

We seek applicants capable of engaging with our students, and of contributing to our community, with expertise, imagination, and passion. In addition to working with some of the top scholars and practitioners of writing in the field, postdoctoral personnel will have opportunities for professional development in their own fields of research and to benefit from the department’s strong affiliations with interdisciplinary studies programs on campus, organizations associated with UD faculty (including the Winterthur Museum, Folger Library, Hagley Museum, and The Library Company of Philadelphia), and numerous other archives and resources in the region.

The teaching load for these positions is three sections per semester, six per year. Five sections of those classes will be English 110-Seminar in Composition, and one section of a course in the candidate’s field of expertise. Classes will be taught on both the main campus in Newark and through the Associate in Arts Program in Wilmington. Opportunities to teach honors, ESL, and low enrollment sections, as well as potential winter and summer term teaching are also offered.

Salary is $48,000 per year, with support for research and travel, and mentoring from senior faculty in composition. Candidates must hold a PhD at the time they begin teaching.

Applicants should visit the staff page on, go to job posting #104174, read “Applicant Instructions” under the “Resources for Applicants” tab before submitting their application. Applicants are asked to create and upload a single document that includes a cover letter, in which you discuss your aims in teaching writing, a CV, and a brief proposal for a writing course that speaks to the goals posted at We may subsequently ask for other supporting materials, including a more detailed course outline, teaching materials, and letters of reference. Deadline for applications is January 20, 2017.

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