Lecturer II, English

Job Description

The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applicants for six regular lecturer positions in rhetoric and composition to begin 1 July 2020. This is a non-tenure-track, continuing position in which faculty are eligible for promotion, and in which the predominant responsibility is teaching. We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated record in teaching excellence to teach first-year composition in the Core Writing Program, which offers a series of first-year courses designed to meet the needs of incoming students. All writing courses are supported by an independent, long-standing Writing Center. The Core Writing Program takes a rhetorical approach to writing and communicating, emphasizing writing in-context for specific purposes and audiences. The position carries a 4/4 teaching load, though there may be course release opportunities for academic advisement, assessment, curriculum development, or other administrative duties. For more information on the Core Writing Program, please see its website here https://www.unr.edu/english/core-writing.



Required Qualifications

Candidates must possess teaching experience at the college level, and have an M.A. or higher degree in English, with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition, by 15 August 2020. Successful candidates will have an excellent record of teaching writing, and must demonstrate an ability to support the university’s commitment to inclusiveness.


Preferred Qualifications

Applicants who possess experience working with and teaching diverse groups of students, and who provide evidence of a commitment to a broad involvement with diversity work on campus will be preferred.


Compensation Grade/Rank

Lecturer II


Department Information

The Department of English has well over 400 majors and minors, with an increasingly diverse population of students studying writing, literature and linguistics. Our faculty teach a wide range of courses which draw upon a multitude of critical, rhetorical and linguistic perspectives.

The University of Nevada, Reno, is the state’s flagship university and a land-grant research and teaching institution. It serves approximately 22,000 students, with significant and growing numbers of first-generation students and students of color (www.unr.edu). UNR is ranked in the top tier of “best national universities” by U.S. News and World Report. In accordance with the university's land grant, tier one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a multicultural environment.


The university is centrally located adjacent to downtown Reno. Boasting a vibrant arts and restaurant scene, Reno has also become a hub for world-class outdoor recreation. It is situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, four hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, and near both Yosemite and Lassen National Parks.


The University of Nevada, Reno believes that diversity promotes excellence in education. We are an inclusive and engaged community, and we recognize the enhanced value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.


EEO/AA: Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Total Compensation

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Required Attachment(s)

The University of Nevada accepts applications electronically via the university’s website at https://www.unrsearch.com/. Please attach the following documents to your application. Contact jobs@unr.edu, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:


1)  Resume/Vita

2)  Cover letter

3)  Statement of teaching philosophy

4)  Reference contact information for three professional references

5)  A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying


Contact Information for this position

Search chair, Dennis Cronan


(775) 682-6365


Search Coordinator, Roberto Lara


(775) 784-6707




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