Assistant Professor of Writing



Job description

Washington DC

Posting Number: F001408

Rank: Assistant Professor

Discipline: Humanities

Specialty: Business & Professional Writing

Contract Type: Non-Tenure Track

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Proposed Start Date: 08/01/2019

Position Description Summary

The University Writing Program (UWP) at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, seeks a specialist in teaching professional, business, or technical writing, broadly construed, to join the program at the rank of Assistant Professor (non-tenure accruing) as early as Fall 2019. The successful candidate will contribute an ongoing research agenda to complement the work of our diverse, multidisciplinary faculty and play a central role in developing course offerings that expand the program’s reach both within and outside of the university.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

We seek a person who can contribute to our First Year Writing (academic writing) division by regularly teaching the required first-year introduction to academic writing and research course (UW 1020), as well as collaborate with our other divisions, noted below. We are particularly interested in better serving our students in business, international affairs, public health and health services, political communication, and engineering, and we seek to attract faculty who are culturally and academically diverse.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree completed before date of appointment
  • A research agenda related to composition, rhetoric, or professional, business, or technical writing
  • Experience and evidence of excellence teaching professional, business, or technical writing in a university setting or in a workplace or professional setting
  • Some familiarity with contemporary composition and/or rhetorical theory and practice

Other Information

GW is a major research university, serving approximately 26,000 graduate and undergraduate students across multiple campuses in and around the nation’s capital. The UWP is one of the largest and most active academic units at GW, encompassing three divisions – First Year Writing, Writing in the Disciplines, and the Writing Center – as well as a nascent Professional Writing program with a mandate to expand UWP’s engagement and impact beyond the traditional classroom. A strong candidate would be able to contribute in all of these areas.

Regular non-tenure-track (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor rank) appointments at GW have relative parity with tenure-track positions in salary, benefits, and access to promotion. In the UWP, these positions carry teaching, research, and service expectations, in that order of priority. The standard teaching load for UWP faculty is 3/3. In the future, some portion of this teaching load may be reallocated toward administrative and program-building work, as appropriate, given ongoing assessments of operational priorities and opportunities for programmatic growth. The initial contract period will be three years and is renewable following a successful reappointment process.

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application and upload the following:

  • an application letter under “Cover Letter”,
  • a statement of teaching philosophy under “Statement of Teaching Interest,”
  • a statement of research interests under “Statement of Research Interest,” and
  • a C.V.

Review of applications will begin November 26, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Jessica McCaughey, Chair of the Search Committee, at

Open Until Filled: Yes

Background Screening
Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. We have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.