Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Writing Studies

The Department of Global Arts, Media, and Writing Studies seeks candidates for an Assistant Teaching Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Teaching Professor (with tenure) position. Successful candidates will have demonstrated distinction in teaching and scholarly/creative activities in practice, theory, or pedagogy of rhetoric and composition/writing studies at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and/or Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Assigned teaching for this position will largely be in 1st-year writing, so demonstrated excellence in this area is imperative. Candidates with additional experience effectively teaching professional/technical writing are particularly encouraged to apply.


Minimum requirements: to be considered, candidates must 1) terminal degree with expertise in rhetoric or composition/writing studies (or relevant related field); and, 2) evidence of teaching excellence with experience at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and/or Minority Serving Institution (MSI).


Preferred requirements: Experience teaching both first year writing and professional or technical writing, with evidence of exemplary pedagogical practice.


The teaching professor series is primarily evaluated based on teaching excellence. Successful candidates in this search will be able to demonstrate superlative performance in this area, beyond mere numbers from student evaluations. The required teaching statement should reference this evidence of excellence and elaborate on its meaning.


UC Merced is a Hispanic‐Serving Institution with a high proportion of first‐in‐family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing people historically and currently underrepresented in higher education, who have experience teaching and mentoring students from a wide range of backgrounds, and who are committed to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.


The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023.


Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.


Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than November 1, 2022, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1.) a cover letter; 2.) curriculum vitae; 3.) a contributions to diversity statement; 4.) a teaching statement that demonstrates pedagogical philosophy and practice 5.) evidence of teaching excellence; 6.) a statement regarding scholarly or creative professional activity with relevant service noted as well; 7.) at least one writing sample; 8.) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.


The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.  For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit


Applicants for the Assistant Teaching Professor level should include a list of three references and be prepared to produce three letters of reference to be submitted online. Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.


Applicants for the Associate Teaching Professor level should include a list of three references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.


For additional information, please contact Eileen Camfield at


Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.


As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

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