Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

Graduate & Post-Graduate Positions

JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program


The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program at the University of Rochester is seeking one or more one-year postdoctoral fellowships, effective August 16, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Responsibilities include teaching 16 credits per year, typically a combination of 4- and 2-credit courses distributed across the fall and spring semesters. Also required is attending the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program’s orientation meeting prior to the beginning of fall classes, and attending special faculty development events.

Salary: $31,200.

Experience with the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program is preferred. Preference will be given to instructors with Ph.D.s or those whose defense dates are prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Preference may also be given to instructors with success teaching 105E, 105 A/B and an ability to develop theme-based courses that will appeal to students in the sciences and/or social sciences. Please note that ABDs may apply, but if accepted, would be hired as graduate students with a salary of $26,000.

    We are particularly seeking candidates who clearly demonstrate the ability to

  • use writing to explore and express ideas,
  • teach invention, revision, and editing,
  • teach argument as a means to develop, formulate, and analyze ideas,
  • teach students principles of academic writing and how to make choices as an academic writer,
  • use an approach that allows students to fully investigate their own ideas,
  • communicate a love of language, writing, and teaching writing,
  • create a positive learning environment for students, and
  • offer a course that many undergraduates would find interesting.

Please complete and submit an application to wsap@ur.rochester.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 31, 2016 up to the date of hire.

Applications should include:

Part A: Personal Information

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Local Address:
  • Local Phone Number:

Part B: Supporting Materials

  • C.V.
  • A brief statement: in one- to two-pages, please explain your teaching philosophy and what you believe you can contribute to the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program.
  • Course description: please provide a potential course description for WRT 105 and WRT 105E.  Course descriptions should be about 1,024 characters.
  • Teaching Evaluations: please submit at least one full set of evaluations.
  • Recommendation from someone who has observed your teaching.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

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