Creative Writing and Professional/Technical Writing (Two Positions)

University of Washington Tacoma's Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program seeks applicants for two positions in a newly formed undergraduate Writing Studies major that offers creative writing, professional communication and technical communication tracks.  The position will primarily support Writing Studies, but will also contribute to other interdisciplinary programs at UWT.

Position 1: Full-time, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor, tenured or tenure-track, with a regular teaching load of 6 classes per academic year (two per quarter), a scholarly/creative publication record commensurate with rank, and service responsibilities to include participation in collaborative coordination and leadership of the major, whose leadership will rotate over time.

Position 2: Full-time, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Visiting Assistant Professor with a teaching load of 6 (Visiting Assistant Professor) or 7 (Lecturer or Senior Lecturer), a scholarly/creative record commensurate with rank, and service responsibilities to include participation in collaborative coordination of the major. Appointment at the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level may be for one, two, or three years. Appointment at the Visiting Assistant Professor level would be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Applicants must have a terminal degree, either an MFA in Creative Writing or Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Professional Communication, Technical Communication or closely related field.  Candidates who are ABD will be considered.  Teaching will be in the candidates areas of specialization as well as teaching academic writing at the lower-division level, including first-year composition in the Freshman core.  All University of Washington Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service in an interdisciplinary context. Appointment effective September 16, 2011.  These positions are contingent upon funding.

IAS offers a range of interdisciplinary majors, of which Writing Studies is one.  We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches in all of them.  One of three University of Washington campuses, UWT is located in both new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and primarily serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region.  For more information on UWT, visit our website at

To apply, please submit: 1) a letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research/creative projects underway, and your teaching experience, 2) a curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught, 3) a statement of your teaching philosophy, 4) an article length writing sample (or several short creative pieces), 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 6) three letters of reference. Submit all application materials through Candidates can apply to either or both positions. Screening of applicants will begin March 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please e-mail Bill Kunz

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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