CWRU Writing Program Lecturer

The English Department at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for multiple full-time lecturer positions in our new writing-intensive general education curriculum (see:  We seek enthusiastic teacher-scholars to join us in the implementation and continued development of our writing curriculum. Our first-year and advanced writing seminars will cover a range of topics and emphasize intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, and academic writing.


In addition to experienced teachers of college writing, we are especially interested in  candidates who have expertise in teaching one or more of the following populations: writers from diverse educational, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; non-native speakers of English; and/or students with interests in scientific, technical, and community-engaged writing.


Lecturers’ responsibilities will include designing and leading first-year Academic Inquiry Seminars (offered both Fall and Spring semesters) and consulting with students in the Writing Resource Center. Responsibilities may also include designing and leading other writing-intensive seminars; creative writing, professional/technical or scientific communication courses; and/or other undergraduate courses. Opportunities for writing program administrative and assessment activities are available and count in the teaching load.


Minimum Qualifications: Experience in teaching college-level writing and a Ph.D. in English or Rhetoric/Writing Studies - or a PhD in another humanities, social science, or STEM field that is complemented by experience teaching and professional development activities related to college-level writing - is required.


For applicants interested in teaching non-native speakers of English, Ph.D. in TESOL, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Writing, Applied Linguistics, English, or Composition and Rhetoric is required, as well as experience teaching writing to non-native speakers of English at the college level.


For applicants interested in teaching technical or professional communication, Ph.D. in Technical/Professional Writing - or an appropriate terminal degree accompanied by relevant professional experience - is required.


Responsibilities & Duties: Teaching load is the equivalent of six courses over the academic year (does not include summer), which may include a mix of classroom teaching, WRC consulting, and administrative activities. Initial appointment is for one academic year, beginning August 2023; this position is eligible for annual reappointment based on performance and programmatic need.


How to Apply: Application materials should be submitted electronically at Applications received by October 24, 2022 will be given first consideration; the position will remain open until filled. For initial consideration, please submit the following materials:


  • A letter of application that describes your experience teaching college-level writing and the range of courses you would be interested in teaching
  • CV
  • Diversity statement (~1 page) that explains how diversity, equity, and inclusion inform your past and/or future teaching and professional experience
  • Teaching philosophy (~1-2 pages) that describes your values, goals, and beliefs about effective writing instruction at the college level


When candidates are selected for interviews, they will be asked to provide 2 confidential letters of recommendation and to prepare to speak in detail about courses that they would be prepared to teach.


About Case Western Reserve and the Writing Program: CWRU is an independent research university located in Cleveland's University Circle, a square mile urban district of cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions. We enroll over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate/professional students in both liberal arts and professional/technical disciplines. The Writing Program serves as a resource for all CWRU writers, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Our Writing Resource Center offers consulting in several locations on campus, including our main site in Bellflower Hall, the historic building that serves as the home for Writers House, a gathering place for writers that supports community programming, craft workshops, and the New Gutenberg Annex, which is a moveable type print lab and book arts workshop.


EEO Statement: In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. As a recipient of the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the past ten years, CWRU has been recognized nationally as a leader in advancing equity and inclusivity. The university and the College of Arts & Sciences at CWRU are committed to creating an inclusive community where all are welcome, valued and heard. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.



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