Director, Merritt Writing Program

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) seeks a Director of the Merritt Writing Program, with an associated tenured appointment in Writing Studies. The successful candidate will be appointed as either an Associate Teaching Professor, a Teaching Professor, an Associate Professor, or a Full Professor, depending on their qualifications.

Our interdisciplinary department offers significant opportunities to continue to develop a distinctive, high‐quality and comprehensive academic program. The Merritt Writing Program features a highly professionalized faculty and staff dedicated to student success in composition and a comprehensive writing studies minor. Situated in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts the program has highly developed governance and staff support for assessment, service, research, and grant initiatives.

A successful candidate would have significant experience in writing program administration, a strong record of professional activity in writing studies, a tangible commitment to diversity and equity, experience with student‐centered pedagogy and assessment, a strong record of teaching and mentorship, and interest and/or experience with grants and budgets. 

Candidates with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. UC Merced is a Hispanic‐Serving Institution with a high proportion of first‐in‐family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing people historically and currently underrepresented in higher education, who have experience teaching and mentoring students from a wide range of backgrounds, and who are committed to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

To be considered, candidates must have a terminal degree (EdD, MFA or PhD) in Rhetoric, Composition, or a related field by the position start date. Additional qualifications include at least two years of comprehensive relevant administrative experience and at least five years of effective and related teaching experience.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2021.

The position will remain open until filled. However, to ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2021. Applications will be submitted at Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; 6) two writing samples; 7) statement of administrative philosophy and, 8) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Applicants should include a list of three references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Jayson Beaster-Jones and Anne Zanzucchi

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (


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