Lecturer in Discipline (limited-term UWP lectureship)

The Columbia University Undergraduate Writing Program (UWP) in the Department of English and Comparative Literature invites applications for one-year and three-year Lecturer in Discipline positions to begin July 1, 2024.

UWP Lecturers teach first-year writing and assist the directors in developing theme-based first-year writing courses in collaboration with Columbia's faculty.

The Undergraduate Writing Program is located in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The "University Writing" course is part of Columbia University's Core Curriculum, which is required of all first-year students in Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of General Studies, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Information about the UWP and University Writing is available at http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/uwp.

We particularly seek faculty with expertise in Writing Studies (including all subspecialties, but especially writing center studies).  We currently teach sections of our first-year writing course in each of the following thematic areas:

·         American studies

·         climate humanities

·         data and society

·         gender and sexuality studies

·         film and performing arts

·         human rights

·         law and justice

·         medical humanities

·         race and ethnicity

·         urban studies

·         writing for multilingual learners

Please foreground in your letter of application your background in teaching writing and which thematic area(s) you are most qualified to lead. You also may suggest other broad areas of inquiry that are not on this list.

The initial term of appointment for the three-year position is one academic year with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, contingent on satisfactory performance. The expected lecturer course load is 3-3. UWP courses are capped at 14 students per section. Lecturers may also mentor 3-4 graduate students each semester, providing feedback on syllabi, leading professional development workshops and holding individualized meetings in office hours. Depending upon instructional need, some lecturers may be permitted to replace one class with work as a Writing Center consultant.


• Fulfillment of all terminal degree requirements by June 30, 2024.

•Two years of experience teaching writing at the college level.

• Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and access in writing classrooms.

•Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: scholarly promise and achievement, teaching potential, and appropriateness to our particular needs and current capabilities. 


Preferred qualifications: 

•A Ph.D. is preferred; however, a candidate with another terminal graduate degree and exceptional experience will receive full consideration. 

•Experience in leadership, mentoring, and curriculum development within a writing program.

• Documented evidence of pedagogical excellence and evidence of professional growth and activity in writing pedagogy.  


Application Instructions

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials:

           • cover letter addressed to Dr. Nicole B. Wallack, Director of the UWP. The letter should articulate your teaching philosophy for writing courses, preparation, engagement with writing studies research, and experience in the thematic area(s) for which you are applying. 

           • curriculum vitae

           • one syllabus from a recent writing course

           • writing sample of no more than 25 pages

Three letters of reference should be submitted to Interfolio on your behalf directly by the faculty recommenders. The applicant may enable the system to generate an automatic email to the reference provider, requesting a letter of reference and offering a secure link to Interfolio where a letter can be uploaded. Wherever possible, letters should be uploaded into the online system. If this is not possible, the applicant should refer the reference provider or dossier service to the following address: Dr. Nicole B. Wallack, Chair, UWP Search, Department of English and Comparative Literature via the UWP’s administrative assistant, Mr. John Stobo (jrs9@columbia.edu).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The start date for these positions is 7/1/24. Teaching begins in fall 2024.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Pay Transparency Disclosure

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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