Lecturer in Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University

Stanford University seeks a number of highly qualified lecturers to develop and teach intensive first and second-year writing courses in its Program in Writing and Rhetoric, a program in the Department of English and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) teaches courses that fulfill the undergraduate writing and rhetoric requirement. PWR offers approximately 200 courses a year, taught seminar/workshop style in classes of 15 students each. These small classes emphasize the development of each student’s analytical and research-based writing. Individual classes explore writing, rhetoric, and research from a range of perspectives. The requirement also includes increased attention to the interweaving of writing and technology and to the study and development of oral and multimedia texts to expand students’ understanding of contemporary language and argument. We seek applicants with experience and interests in these areas.

Lecturers will be responsible for developing syllabi for their sections in accord with course and assignment guidelines developed by PWR. Lecturers will also participate in professional development activities available through the program, including formal training in rhetoric, composition, and writing pedagogy guided by Andrea Lunsford, Professor of English and Faculty Director of the program. Additional responsibilities of lecturers in PWR include mentoring of graduate student instructors, service on program committees, and work in the Hume Writing Center. Lecturers will join a lively community of teachers, writers, and researchers, including Stanford faculty, lecturers, and graduate students from a range of disciplines. Further information about the program can be found at http://pwr.stanford.edu.

Qualifications: Candidates should hold an advanced degree in English (Ph.D. preferred) or a related field and have demonstrated excellence and strong interests in the teaching of writing; candidates with graduate training in other fields will be considered if they have particular interests in the teaching of writing and the field of rhetoric and composition.

Initial appointments of lecturers will be made for a term of at least one year to a maximum of three years beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year, with a start date of September 1, 2008. Appointments are renewable contingent on satisfactory performance and programmatic need. Starting salary will be in the range of $53,000-$58,000.

Please send a letter of application outlining your experience and interests in the teaching of writing and the field of rhetoric and composition, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and teaching portfolio including teaching philosophy statement, syllabi for writing courses, assignments, and evaluations by November 16, 2007 to Professor Andrea Lunsford, Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Bldg. 460, Rm. 223, Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305-2085.
Stanford University has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. We welcome applications from all people, including women, members of ethnic minorities, and disabled individuals.