Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University

Stanford University seeks a number of highly qualified postdoctoral teaching fellows 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, utilizing technology and exploring a range of oral and multimedia texts to develop students’ understanding of language and argument.

Postdoctoral teaching fellows will be responsible for developing syllabi for their sections in accord with course and assignment guidelines developed by PWR. Fellows 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. Postdoctoral teaching fellows 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

Qualifications: Candidates should hold the doctoral degree in English or a related field and have strong interests in the teaching of writing; candidates with doctoral training in other fields will be considered if they have particular interests in the teaching of writing. Starting salary will be $45,000.

Initial appointments of postdoctoral teaching fellows will be made for a one-year term in the 2008-2009 academic year, with a start date of September 1, 2008. Postdoctoral teaching fellow appointments are renewable for a maximum of two additional years contingent on programmatic need and satisfactory performance.

Please send a letter of application outlining your previous experience and interests in the teaching of writing, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and teaching portfolio including teaching philosophy statement, syllabi, assignments, and evaluations by November 16, 2007 to Professor Andrea Lunsford, Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Bldg. 460, Rm. 223, Stanford CA 94305-2085.
Stanford University has a strong and ongoing commitment to principles of diversity. In that spirit, we encourage applications from all people, including women, members of ethnic minority groups, and individuals with disabilities.