Visiting Assistant Professor


The Department of English at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a one-year renewable Visiting Assistant Professor position teaching First-Year Writing courses. This position will begin on August 23, 2021 and will be located at the UConn Stamford campus.

UConn Stamford is a vibrant campus that boasts a diverse student population and a growing number of international and domestic multilingual students. Located in the most visible and economically productive county in the state, UConn Stamford provides a top-ranked research university education delivered in the intimate climate of an urban liberal arts college.

The ideal candidate will bring to this position an engaged understanding of composition pedagogies and approaches as well as experience teaching a diverse range of students who are entering multiple disciplines and emergent interdisciplines on the Stamford campus. In addition to a background in rhetoric, composition, active learning, Universal Design for Learning, multimodal composition, and working with multilingual students, the candidate must demonstrate engagement with recent developments in the fields of writing, rhetoric, and composition at the post-secondary level. These qualifications will be put to use as the candidate implements our innovative approach to writing and composition; the successful candidate will serve as a model for the new program as it is rolled out on the Stamford campus and play an active role in the First-Year Writing program. 

The candidate will teach three courses per semester (six per year) with advising duties as part of a multi-campus writing program; the position reports to the Storrs Campus  First-Year Writing program administration. 

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


Completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition, English, or a closely related field by the start date of employment and evidence of a strong commitment to undergraduate education in writing studies. The candidate must have experience teaching college-level writing with some graduate coursework in linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and/or second language acquisition through writing.


Evidence of engagement with current trends in writing studies and college-level writing, as well as experience teaching composition in English to students at a college or university utilizing traditional in-person formats and remote learning/online platforms.


This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track teaching position that carries a 3-3 teaching load, and specific First-Year Writing program advising duties. The person holding this position reports directly to the First-Year Writing Director and the Department Head of English. The position may be renewed annually and is located in Stamford.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Writing sample;
  • A brief portfolio of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment prompts);
  • Three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, online applications should be received no later than July 16, 2021. The first round of interviews will take place either in person or via Skype after July 20, 2021. For further information, please feel free to review the First-Year Writing Program website: 

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidates will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

These positions will be filled subject to budgetary approval. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio of Teaching Materials
  • Writing Sample
  • Three reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at this site )

And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:

Department of English
215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4025
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-4025

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