Instructor or Lecturer, Writing and Rhetoric

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The Opportunity

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR), in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for three, 9-month non-tenure earning  instructors or lecturers. The anticipated start date is August 8, 2024.


DWR is committed to innovative research and teaching that addresses challenges related to composition, rhetoric, and literacy in academic, workplace, civic, and community settings. These positions carry a 4/4 course teaching load each academic year, with an opportunity to teach each summer. The selected candidates will work full-time in our writing studies focused first-year composition program (ENC 1101/1102) with opportunity to teach business, professional, editing, and/or medical writing courses at the undergraduate upper-level for the B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric. Teaching modes may include face-to-face, mediated/hybrid, and online. All faculty in the department report to the department chair.


The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR) is one of seven academic units in CAH at UCF. As an independent writing department, DWR is the academic home to 12 tenure-earning faculty members, 31 full-time non-tenure earning instructors and lecturers, two postdoctoral scholars, and 15 graduate teaching assistants. The department supports a comprehensive, vertical writing instruction that includes a first-year composition program, an undergraduate major (B.A.) and minor, and a graduate program with both an M.A. and certificate in professional writing. The department has recently added an undergraduate certificate in Medical Writing and Rhetoric alongside the existing Public and Professional Writing certificate. The department houses the Center for Writing Excellence that encompasses the University Writing Center and the Writing Across the Curriculum program. Our first-year writing program serves approximately 6,000 students every year. First-year writing courses are driven by collaboratively developed student learning outcomes that value equity, access, and sustainability. Moreover, first-year writing curriculum is informed by guiding principles developed from theory and research in rhetoric and composition. Our talented writing faculty have a range of expertise in rhetoric and composition and draw from various approaches to teach writing. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An M.A. (for an instructor) or terminal degree (for a lecturer) in rhetoric, English, or a related field from an accredited institution.

  • Experience teaching college-level writing.

  • A demonstrated commitment to working with students from diverse, multilingual backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate coursework in Composition Histories, Theories, and/or Pedagogy.

  • Pedagogical experience, coursework in, and/or experience in business/professional writing, medical rhetorics, and/or editing.

  • Experience teaching of writing in online learning environments following the field’s best practices and/or certification in online writing instruction.

  • Demonstrated innovation and/or excellence in teaching.

  • Experience teaching a range of diverse writer populations, particularly multilingual writers.

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Rhetoric and Composition.


Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website,   In addition to the online application, candidates should upload the following in PDF format:

  • A cover letter.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • The contact information for three professional references.

  • Statement of teaching philosophy.

Candidates may be asked to submit a writing sample and/or teaching materials as part of the interview process. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.


Review of applications will begin immediately. Initial zoom interviews will occur in February with second round interviews to occur in March 2024.


NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.


Questions regarding this search should be directed to search committee chair, Meeghan Faulconer, at


Special Instructions to the Applicants:



Job Close Date:

Open until filled.


Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.


Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual leave (12-month faculty) and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (


Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240 degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.


Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.


The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.



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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Disabled/Vets.  Click on UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement to view the President’s Statement.


The UCF affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office of Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. 


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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