Non-Tenure-Track Instructor / Director of First-Year Writing Program

University of New Haven

Non-Tenure-Track Instructor / Director of First-Year Writing Program

College of Arts & Sciences: Department of English

Search # 21-11F



The Department of English at the University of New Haven invites applications for a non-tenure-track full-time Instructor to serve as the Director of First-Year Writing and teach writing courses in the English department. The First-Year Writing Program is one of the university’s points of pride and has seen many successes in recent years. The program has been celebrated for its teaching excellence, genuine assessment practices, and pedagogical innovation. We are seeking an enthusiastic person to lead the program to continued excellence.


The First-Year Writing Program is part of an English Department that also houses a Writing Across the Curriculum Program, a Peer Tutoring Writing Center, majors in Writing and Literature, and minors in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. The Director of First-Year Writing is supported by a Writing Programs Coordinator. All of the full-time faculty in the department teach First-Year Writing courses. As a group of highly collegial faculty united by a desire to provide exceptional learning experiences for our students, we seek a colleague who values collaboration in achieving our shared goals, which are expanding into the realm of multimodal composition and authentic audiences.


The Director of First-Year Writing shapes the mission and activities of the program, encourages innovative teaching, supports teachers in the program, and collaborates with faculty and administrators to meet students’ needs. This individual leads placement and assessment efforts, organizes teaching observations, prepares professional development opportunities, and works with the department chair to staff classes and hire part-time faculty.


In addition to teaching First-Year Writing courses, the successful candidate may also teach courses in Business, Professional, and/or Technical Writing. Candidates who can expand upon our existing strengths with specialties in Science Writing, Healthcare Writing, Government Writing, and/or Legal Writing are desirable. The university’s typical course load is 4/4. This position offers a 1/1 reduction for administrative duties.



Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field and demonstrated excellence in teaching first-year writing and/or professional writing courses.  Demonstrated experience with writing program administration and assessment is desirable as well.


Diversity and Inclusion:

The University of New Haven is committed to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The University seeks candidates whose teaching, research and/or service has prepared them to contribute diversity and inclusion in our academic community. Applicants are asked to submit a diversity and inclusion statement explaining how their teaching, scholarship and/or service, contributes to building and supporting diverse and inclusive communities.


Application Process:

All information on candidates will be kept confidential. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Qualified candidates should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted online at


The University of New Haven is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Similar searches: Full-time, 4-year college or university, Lecturer/instructor, English, Connecticut