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Writing Program - Associate Teaching Professor (Initial Review 11/01/22)

Position overview

Position title: Writing Program
Associate Teaching Professor (LSOE)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023.

Application Window

Open date: August 31, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Writing Program (WP) ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position at the Associate Teaching Professor level. Within the University of California, Associate Teaching Professors have full tenure and Senate rights. The Teaching Professor series prioritizes teaching and also values professional achievement and activity. In the Writing Program, Associate Teaching Professors typically teach six courses. Release time is granted for significant service opportunities and obligations, including administering the Writing Program.

UCSC’s WP currently has a faculty of five Teaching Professors and approximately 45 union-represented lecturers. We are seeking a Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition/TESOL teacher-scholar. Area of specialty is open. The successful candidate will have training and professional experience in the field of Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition/TESOL and will teach a range of writing courses and share administrative responsibilities with other Writing Program faculty. The successful candidate will participate in writing program administration, such as placement, program and personnel reviews, and discussions of pedagogy and policy. The selected candidate will be expected to rotate in as WP Chair in the coming years. Chair service includes additional course release.

The WP currently offers a lower-division writing curriculum that includes entry-level writing courses to satisfy the statewide Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), known as Writing 1, and university-level writing courses satisfying the campus composition (C) requirement, known as Writing 2. The program also offers writing courses for students acquiring academic English (the Multilingual Curriculum, or MLC). Upper-division courses are available for aspiring writing tutors, as is a rigorous seminar for graduate students wishing to teach writing. A new Writing Minor is under development, as is a Graduate Certificate. The WP offers courses in in-person, hybrid, and online formats.

The WP is an independent unit within the Humanities Division, which also includes the Departments of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, History, History of Consciousness, Linguistics, Languages & Applied Linguistics, Literature, and Philosophy. The Division has a strong tradition of collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and encourages applications from qualified candidates eager to extend their activities across departmental and disciplinary boundaries.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who support these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, creative/professional activity, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition/TESOL. A minimum of six years of university-level teaching. Demonstrated experience teaching college composition and rhetoric. Experience in program leadership and administration. A record of university service and scholarship in Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition/TESOL. Demonstrated experience with the pedagogy of writing and rhetorical theory.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Teaching, professional training, scholarly activity, and administrative experience are all requisites for this position. Describe your preparation for this position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Sample Syllabus (1 of 2) - Include a syllabus and a major writing assignment for a composition course akin to Writing 1: Introduction to Composition:

    (This course also has a section for students acquiring academic English, Writing 1E.) Writing 1 or Writing 1E is required for undergraduates who do not meet the Entry Level Writing Requirement:

  • Sample Syllabus (2 of 2) - Include a syllabus and a major writing assignment for a course akin to Writing 2: Rhetoric and Inquiry:

    (This course is required of all undergraduates.)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your teaching, scholarship, and/or service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

  • A recent publication (article, book chapter, etc.).

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 3 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California