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University of Utah Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Department 00095 - Dept of Writing and Rhetoric

City Salt Lake City, UT


New Position to Begin 07/01/2020


The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies ( WRS ) at the University of Utah invites applications for the full-time, career-line (non tenure-line, renewable five-year contract) position of Assistant Professor (Lecturer). The position’s official start date is 1 July 2020 with initial teaching in Fall 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will teach three courses every Fall and Spring semester on a 9-month contract (paid over 12 months), and will have priority choice for optional summer-term teaching, which pays at a per-section rate above the base salary. The bulk of the teaching will be assigned in required lower-division writing courses. Depending on qualifications, interest, and needs, career-line faculty can also offer courses in the department’s undergraduate major and minor in Writing & Rhetoric Studies, as well as graduate-level courses in the department’s graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely-related field and a record of teaching excellence in relevant courses. Experience with and interest in multilingual students and second-language writing is beneficial. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and rapidly growing department, one that has a long- standing first-year writing program, a vibrant undergraduate major, masters and PhD programs in Rhetoric and Composition, and a University Writing Center ( As a department, we embrace transdisciplinary approaches to writing and rhetoric studies, and we are deeply committed to supporting diverse scholarly interests and methodologies, valuing global rhetorical traditions and language practices, structuring opportunities for students of all backgrounds and identities to learn and grow, and promoting reciprocal relationships with two- and four-year institutions throughout our region and with both local and global communities. Located in Salt Lake City, the U of U is an integral part of a diverse and growing urban region.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

To apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references (please also list these 3 references and their contact information within the online application); additional materials will be requested of candidates who advance in the search. Review of applications will begin November 1. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor LuMing Mao, Chair of the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies, at

Open Date 10/03/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00505CF

Type Faculty