Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (WRS) at the University of Utah invites applications to fill multiple full-time, career-line (non-tenure-line, renewable five-year contract) Assistant Professor (Lecturer) positions. These teacher/scholar positions officially begin 1 January 2023, with initial teaching in Spring 2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

About the Department

Each successful candidate will join a dynamic and rapidly growing department, one that has a long- standing first-year writing program, vibrant undergraduate minor, major, Master’s and PhD programs in Rhetoric and Composition, a new certificate in professional and technical writing, and the University Writing Center (

As a department, we embrace transdisciplinary approaches to writing and rhetoric studies. We are deeply invested in supporting diverse scholarly interests and methodologies, valuing global rhetorical traditions and language practices, structuring opportunities for students of all backgrounds and identities to learn and grow, and promoting reciprocal relationships with two- and four-year institutions throughout our region and with both local and global communities. Located in Salt Lake City, the U of U is an integral part of a diverse and growing urban region.

Our department is committed to equity and diversity. We believe that diversity is key to providing and fostering critical, civil, and inclusive education. We strive to provide learning environments where respectful speech and attentive listening are extended to everyone. This respect extends to people of all ages, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, neurological and sensory processing, races, ethnicities, tribal affiliations and citizenships, nationalities, countries of origin, documentation status, language backgrounds, religious affiliations, political viewpoints, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational pathways. We strive to see these differences both as strengths and as opportunities to build empathy and reciprocity around our different locations and positions. Questions, discussions, respectful debate, and civil disagreement are encouraged and indeed expected.


Each successful candidate will teach 3 courses during each Fall and Spring semester (on a nine-month, full-time contract). Teaching will be assigned in required lower-division writing courses. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to teach one or more of the following upper-division courses: business and technical writing, scientific communication, WAC/WID development, among others.

Depending on qualifications, interest, and needs, career-line faculty can also offer courses in the department’s undergraduate major and minor in Writing & Rhetoric Studies, as well as graduate-level courses in the department’s graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition. Instructors also have priority choice for optional summer-term teaching, which pays at a per-section rate above the base salary.


Minimum qualifications include a PhD in rhetoric and composition or a closely related field and a record of teaching excellence in relevant courses. Applicants with expertise in one or more of the following are highly encouraged to apply: multilingual writing, multimodality, queer studies, disability studies, gender studies, computers and writing, digital rhetoric, legal rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, environmental rhetorics, online learning, writing program administration, and professional and technical writing. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process

To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and a one-page teaching philosophy statement. Additional materials will be requested of candidates who advance in the search, including evidence of teaching effectiveness (possible examples include: student course feedback, peer observation letters, teaching awards, etc.), a one-page diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor LuMing Mao, Chair of the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies, at Application review will begin on October 14, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination ore sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Director/Title IX Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA), 135 Park Building, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365,

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