Writing Program: Advanced Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor (initial review Nov. 20, 2023)

Writing Program: Advanced Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor (initial review Nov. 20, 2023)



Position overview
Position title: Writing Program, Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. (See Faculty-Ladder Ranks-Professor Series) “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. The salary range for an Assistant Professor identified through this recruitment is $80,000 - $100,000. The salary range for an Associate Professor identified through this recruitment is $100,000 - $130,000.

Percent time: Full-time, 100%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024.

Application Window

Open date: September 19, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Nov 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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

The Writing Program (https://writing.ucsc.edu/) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Advanced Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor. Within the University of California, the Teaching Professor series (Assistant, Associate, and Full Teaching Professors) is analogous to tenure-track/tenured with Senate rights and accumulation of credits toward sabbatical leave. In the Writing Program, Assistant/Associate Teaching Professors typically teach six courses in an academic year. Release time is granted for significant service opportunities and obligations, including administering the Writing Program (WP).

UCSC's WP currently has a faculty of four Teaching Professors, two Associate Teaching Professors (including an Associate Teaching Professor hired in summer 2023), and approximately 50 lecturers. We are seeking a Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition teacher-scholar. Area of specialty is open. The successful candidate will have training and professional experience in the field of Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition and will teach a range of writing courses. Alongside other Writing Program faculty, the selected candidate will serve at least one term as WP Chair in the coming years. Chair service includes additional course release.

The WP currently offers a writing curriculum to meet campus requirements, with attention to information literacy and disinformation, genre study, and rhetorical theory/practice. The program also offers writing courses for students acquiring academic English (the Multilingual Curriculum). Upper-division courses are available for aspiring writing tutors, as is a rigorous seminar for graduate students wishing to teach writing. A new Writing Minor is under review, and we ground our teaching practices in innovative best practices in the field (including, but not limited to, contract grading, directed self-placement, multiliteracies, and translingual composition). The WP is a campus leader in terms of teaching modality and offers courses in in-person, hybrid, and online formats.

The WP is an independent unit within the Humanities Division, with connections to both The Humanities Institute (THI) and the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). The Division has a strong tradition of collaborative and interdisciplinary work and encourages applications from qualified candidates eager to extend their activities across departmental and disciplinary boundaries.

The successful candidate should have a teaching record and employment history that prepares them to work with faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of social, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. UCSC is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Sixty-one percent of undergraduates are students of color; 35% are the first in their families to attend a four-year university. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found: https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html

Assistant Teaching Professor, Writing Program. The Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and it has the payroll title “Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE).” An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to "Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure. The Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor titles confer the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and they have the payroll title of “Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE)” and “Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLSOE)” respectively. LSOE and SLSOE are analogous to tenure.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Writing Program: https://writing.ucsc.edu/


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)



  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent foreign degree in Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition. Demonstrated experience teaching college composition and rhetoric. The successful candidate will have held at least one prior career-level position involving writing program leadership or administration.
  • For appointment to Assistant Teaching Professor, a prior post-graduate university position and a minimum of three years of university-level teaching.
  • For appointment to Associate Teaching Professor, a prior post-graduate university position and a minimum of six years of university-level teaching. Experience in program leadership and administration.
  • A record of university service and scholarship in Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition. Demonstrated experience with the pedagogy of writing and rhetorical theory.


Application Requirements

Document requirements


  • Letter of application - Teaching, professional training, research, and administrative experience are all requisites for this position. Specifically describe your preparation for this position.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Sample Syllabus (1 of 2) - Include a syllabus and a major writing assignment for a course akin to Writing 2: Rhetoric and Inquiry. (This course is required of all undergraduates.)
  • Sample Syllabus (2 of 2) - Include a syllabus and a major writing assignment for any undergraduate writing course (lower-or upper-division). If preferred, instead include a syllabus and major writing assignment for a composition course akin to Writing 1: Introduction to Composition.
  • A recent publication (article, book chapter, etc.)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Cruz. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.


Reference requirements



  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 3 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
Apply link: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01618

Help contact: fweigant@ucsc.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

VISIT UC Santa Cruz: https://www.ucsc.edu

Job location

Santa Cruz, California

To apply, visit https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01618

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