Lecturer/Writing Program

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Writing Programs
Categories: Faculty


About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description:

The University Writing Program in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for the position of Lecturer.


This is a full-time academic-year non-tenure track position with a start date of September 1, 2019. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal.


Lecturers in the Writing Program are responsible for teaching three sections of College Writing each semester to first-year undergraduate students. The Writing Program offers over 300 College Writing sections a year, taught in seminar/workshop style in classes of 15 students each. The course, which fulfills the undergraduate first-year writing requirement at UMass Amherst, emphasizes the development of each student’s analytical and research-based abilities to write—not only for their classes here at UMass Amherst but also for broader personal, civic, and professional purposes.


Lecturers are also responsible for service to the Writing Program, which might include chairing or participating in a standing committee (Diversity/Tech Fellows, Curriculum Committee, etc.) supervising a project (Student Anthology, Best Text Contest, etc.) or professionally supporting Program or wider University needs.


The position offers the unique opportunity to work with graduate teaching associates and undergraduate students. Along with teaching and service, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with other Writing Program staff members to support our mission to teach writing to our over 5100 first-year students by:

  • Supporting special projects and initiatives as needed.
  • Participating in all program meetings, day-to-day operations.
  • Professionally representing the program’s projects, initiatives and goals in all professional contexts.
  • Maintaining regular office hours.
  • Collaborating with key university departments and programs.



  • MFA in English, rhetoric, composition, communication or related field.
  • A strong record of taking initiative and carrying out projects independently.
  • A strong record of working within a collaborative team environment.
  • A record of academic, professional, and service accomplishments.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in English, rhetoric, composition, communication or related field.
  • Three to five years experience teaching college-level writing.
  • Commitment to teaching and working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to bring a unique and leading-edge vision to the teaching of writing.
  • Experience with curricular design and innovation.
  • Ability to teach across a variety of platforms and with a variety of technologies.
  • Preference given to those who have experience in publication and project management. (ABD may be considered).


Additional Information:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching philosophy (with attention to pedagogy), 4) writing sample relevant to writing pedagogy or writing projects, and 5) list of three current references with full contact information including valid email addresses.

Review of applications will begin on May 17, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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