Assistant Professor, Writing Program

Goucher College is a small college with a big view of the world. Located 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD, we’re reimagining liberal arts education and preparing our students for the jobs of the future. We encourage innovation both inside and outside the classroom, and we welcome big, bold ideas. One-third of our students come from a multicultural background. Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.

Goucher’s Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing offers a dynamic Four-Year Vertical Curriculum, which begins with our First-Year Writing Program and continues with our Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) program.  We also offer a minor in Creative Writing, a minor in Professional Writing, and together with the Center for Humanities, an English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing.

Goucher College’s Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing invites applications for two full-time, non-tenure track faculty positions, starting in August, 2017:

Digital Rhetorics

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in digital rhetorics, multimodal composition, or writing across media. The successful candidate must have at least two years of experience teaching courses in related subjects and have scholarly interests informed by one or more of the fields listed above. 

Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC)                                                                              

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in a Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) or similar program/initiative, with at least two years of experience. In addition to the teaching duties, the successful candidate will work with WEC faculty across different academic disciplines on infusing writing into their courses and enriching the teaching of our WEC program. As part of Goucher’s newly adopted 4-year vertical writing program, students typically take a WEC course (in or outside of their prospective majors) during their sophomore year. The successful candidate will also help coordinate our writing proficiency process.

Selected candidates will teach our first-year writing courses and our advanced academic and professional writing courses, in addition to developing new courses in line with their teaching and research interests. This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Teaching is at the heart of our mission, and we are committed to building student-mentoring relationships, as well as helping students develop resilience and encouraging them to reflect on their individual learning styles as the basic building blocks for a lifetime of success. We seek candidates with a commitment to this kind of student mentoring, ongoing scholarly research, and service to the department, the college, and the liberal arts. We also incorporate an international perspective into each discipline. In your application materials, you should clearly articulate how you envision achieving these goals.  

Both positions require a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the time of appointment. Alternatively, candidates with a Ph.D. in a related discipline with extensive teaching experience in Composition will be considered. Broad training and expertise in writing studies and its digital applications is required.


The review of applications will begin on March 6, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. The successful candidates will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.   Interested applicants must apply online at

The following application materials are required:

  • CV
  • Cover letter (please make it clear to which position you are applying)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of scholarly interests 

Three letters of recommendation and official graduate transcripts should be forwarded separately to: Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing Search, Provost’s Office, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794. (Alternatively, PDF versions of recommendations and transcripts can be emailed to the Provost’s Administrative Assistant, Gigi Greenfield, at Inquiries about these positions may be directed to Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, Director of the Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing (


Thank you for considering Goucher College in your search.