Assistant Teaching Professor(s) of Technical and Professional Communication

Position Description
The Department of English at the University of Washington, located on the unceded land and waters of the Coast Salish peoples, invites applications for up to three full-time Assistant Teaching Professors to teach in the area of Technical and Professional Communication (TPC). The successful candidate(s) will join the core faculty of the Program for Writing Across Campus (PWAC), a discipline-linked writing program whose key values include offering outstanding composition courses by centering community and collaboration, supporting teacher development, and creating partnerships across and beyond the university. In recent years, PWAC has been supporting a growing Technical and Professional Communication curriculum, in addition to its long-time mission of offering undergraduate writing seminars linked with lecture courses in disciplines such as Psychology, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Biology, History, Anthropology, Music, Environmental Studies, International Studies, and others. PWAC is situated among a broader group of departmental Language and Rhetoric faculty, renowned for their work in composition studies, WID/WAC, rhetoric, translingualism, language policy, disability studies, antiracist teaching and scholarship, and literacy studies.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses in Technical and Professional Communication (TPC) fields, including: technical, professional, business, scientific, and/or legal writing; documentation; science and technology studies; UX, accessibility, and user-centered communication; technical and environmental rhetoric; content strategy, grant writing, health science writing, writing in the professions; and/or in other related fields depending on program need and instructor interest. These candidates will also play a key role in program building and teacher development initiatives, particularly by expanding TPC programming and contributing to antiracist, inclusive, and accessible praxis.

Other anticipated job responsibilities may include: program assessment and administration; curriculum development in areas related to writing pedagogies, disciplinary writing, teaching across modalities (i.e., remote, hybrid, in-person teaching, or teaching with technology), accessible and equity-oriented pedagogies, or public or community-engaged teaching; supporting international and multilingual students’ writing; collaboration with other department and campus writing partners; mentorship of graduate student instructors; engagement in ongoing professional and teacher development, defined broadly (including community-based work); and service on departmental/campus committees. Although not required, the successful applicants will have the opportunity to engage in research in areas related to TPC, Writing in the Disciplines, or writing studies.

University of Washington teaching faculty engage in teaching and service. The successful candidate will promote a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. This position will have an anticipated start date of September 2023, and is a full-time, 9-month, 3-year renewable (promotion eligible but not tenure-track) position. Length of renewal period increases with promotion rank.

Applicants should have by the start of the appointment a PhD, or foreign equivalent, in Technical and Professional Writing; Rhetoric or Writing Studies; Scientific and Technical Communication; Professional Communication; User-Centered Design; or a related field with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Communication. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a record of innovative and effective teaching that centers language, racial equity, and identity; accessibility;
social justice education; anti-oppressive pedagogies; and/or related human-centered pedagogies. In addition to a record of innovative and effective teaching, candidates should have experience with student mentoring as well as active participation in departmental, university, and/or professional service.

Application Instructions
Please submit a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio, diversity statement, three letters of recommendation, and writing sample. Applicants are encouraged to describe in their cover letter and demonstrate throughout their materials any experience in program building and teacher development, as well as how their teaching, professional service, industry experience, community work, scholarship, and/or mentoring contribute to antiracism, inclusive teaching, or social justice.
Priority will be given to applications received by October 25, 2022. Please direct inquiries to Anis Bawarshi, Department Chair, at

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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