The new William S. Dietrich Il Institute for Writing Excellence invites applications for a Writing in the Disciplines Specialist. This full-time lecturer position will include administrative work as well as teaching undergraduates in an active and innovative Composition program. The teaching load for lecturers is typically 3/3, but because this position includes significant administrative work, the teaching load will be reduced to 2/1.
The mission of the Writing Institute is to support and enhance the culture of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, to support sustained intellectual engagement with writing across campus, to offer research-based professional development opportunities related to writing, to drive and showcase innovative and effective writing pedagogy, and to ensure a responsible and effective vision and implementation for the Dietrich School of Arts and Science's writing requirement.
In addition to teaching 3 Composition courses per year, the WID Specialist will help plan and carry out Writing Institute work, run programming for teachers across the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, consult with teachers proposing new writing-intensive courses, help teachers who want to make better use of writing in their teaching in their disciplines, and assist with assessing writing-intensive courses across departments and divisions. The WID specialist will help to develop and administer new programs that fit the mission of the Writing Institute. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to work on pedagogical issues and materials in serious sustained ways with faculty of all ranks across the disciplines.
In addition to supporting this mission, the associate director will teach three Composition courses per year. The Composition program houses first-year composition classes and a growing Public and Professional Writing major and certificate program. Colleagues teach a range of courses in the undergraduate composition curriculum, from first-year composition courses to intermediate and advanced courses.
Our program has long cultivated interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to the field of composition. We believe in asking students to engage with challenging texts and do serious intellectual work in their writing. Our program in Public and Professional Writing extends those commitments across the university and to workplaces, as well as to the broader public sphere.
We value flexible teachers who can create engaging courses that respond to the needs of our programs and general education requirements. The WID Specialist may regularly teach a version of our first-year composition course, work with writers in the Writing Center, and/or develop and teach courses in Public and Professional Writing or for the new Public Communication of Science and Technology certificate program.
The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.
Salary is competitive.
Applicants must hold an MFA or a PhD at the time of appointment and offer evidence of excellent teaching and institutional and professional engagement. They must also show how their teaching or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Since this position will require working with colleagues across the Dietrich School, knowledge of our program's pedagogy and curriculum is strongly preferred.
' Teaching statement that addresses writing pedagogy.
A statement that addresses your commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Sample syllabi for two writing courses, and at least two writing assignments or sequences; other teaching material such as in-class workshops is welcome.
' Student surveys for three classes.
3 confidential letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate's teaching.
Please refer to job description. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Required Attachments: Curriculum Vitae
Optional Attachments: Other (see posting for additional details)
Internal Number: 19009305
About University of Pittsburgh
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