Director of Eighth College Academic Program LECT SOE

Director of Eighth College Academic Program LECT SOE

University of California San Diego


Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Dec 9, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


Eighth College invites applications for a Teaching Professor position at the tenure-track Teaching Professor level to serve as the Director of the Eighth College Academic Program. Teaching Professors have nine-month (academic-year) appointments and are full members of the Academic Senate of the Faculty of the University of California, San Diego.

Eighth College is the newest of the eight undergraduate colleges at the University of California, San Diego and will matriculate its first cohort of students in Fall 2023. Building on the College's theme, “Engagement & Community,” its academic mission is to introduce students to critical community engagement in the context of addressing structural racism. The program encourages inter-disciplinary inquiry, critical thinking, and invites multifaceted engagement with communities - both in the San Diego area and elsewhere.

The college's academic program is comprised of four courses: three lower-division courses (Engagement 1-3, taken in the first and second years) and one upper-division course that students take in either their junior or senior year (Engagement 100). The three lower-division courses provide a foundation in critical community engagement with an emphasis on historical and current effects of structural racism on communities. Two of these courses are writing-intensive; all three provide an introduction to interdisciplinary inquiry. The upper-division capstone course requires a community-based project; these group projects encourage inter-disciplinary approaches. All courses focus on the challenges posed by the effects of structural racism in communities and present students with a variety of research methodologies and involve collaborative, interdisciplinary work. Additional information on the college's curriculum can be found at

The Director of the Eighth College Academic Program will be an academic leader who, in addition to teaching in the program, will contribute to its design and help define its pedagogical vision. The director will be responsible for recruiting Senate faculty and lecturers to teach in the program and working with them to develop the curriculum and implement pedagogical innovations; for supervising program staff; for monitoring and assessing the program's effectiveness and learning outcomes; for successfully recruiting, training and supervising teaching assistants; for managing program resources; and for facilitating the integration of the academic program with the student life programs at the college. The director reports to the College Provost.

Salary: Commensurate with experience based on published University of California pay scales.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. or terminal degree in Writing Studies, Rhetoric, English, Educational Studies, Linguistics, or a related field

Preferred qualifications
Preferred candidates will have:

Background in writing studies and composition pedagogy, and significant knowledge of Writing in the Disciplines (WID) or Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Experience in program assessment

Experience or interest in public writing and/or digital or multimodal writing

College-level teaching experience, with demonstrated success teaching undergraduates, and knowledge of and experience with employing instructional strategies tied to contemporary research on the science of learning (i.e., evidence-based teaching)

Significant experience in critical community-based service learning

Experience with interdisciplinary pedagogy and collaboration with faculty from a variety of disciplines

A commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education and a demonstrated ability to address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population, including developing effective teaching strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education and who are L2 learners

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

3 Letters of Recommendation, 2 Optional
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The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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La Jolla, CA

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