Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (WRS) at the University of Utah invites applications for the full-time, career-line (non tenure-line, renewable five-year contract) position of Lecturer. The position’s official start date is 1 July 2020 with initial teaching in Fall 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will teach three courses every Fall and Spring semester on a 9 month contract (paid over 12 months) and will have priority choice for optional summer-term teaching, which pays at a per- section rate above the base salary. The bulk of the teaching will be assigned in required lower-division writing courses. 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.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely-related field and a record of teaching excellence in relevant courses. Experience with and interest in multilingual students and second-language writing is beneficial. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and rapidly growing department, one that has a long- standing first-year writing program, a vibrant undergraduate major, masters and PhD programs in Rhetoric and Composition, and a University Writing Center ( As a department, we embrace transdisciplinary approaches to writing and rhetoric studies, and we are deeply committed to 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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and educator. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information: humanResources/5-106.html

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

To apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references; additional materials will be requested of candidates who advance in the search. Review of applications will begin November

1. See the job posting at Questions about the position may be directed to Professor LuMing Mao, Chair of the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies, at

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