Job: Lecturers in Columbia University Undergraduate Writing Program

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Jul 3, 2021, 5:04:54 AM7/3/21
Dear colleagues,

Columbia University's Undergraduate Writing Program is hiring lecturers on 3-year non-renewable contracts. We are reviewing applications now. Please see the posting below for details.


Sue Mendelsohn, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Writing Program
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University
310 Philosophy Hall
Columbia Writing Center

Lecturer in Discipline (limited-term UWP lectureship)

Columbia University in the City of New York

Open Date

Jun 11, 2021


The Columbia University Undergraduate Writing Program (UWP) in the Department of English and Comparative Literature invites applications for three-year and one-year Lecturer in Discipline positions to begin August 1, 2021. 

UWP Lecturers teach first-year writing and provide leadership as we continue to develop our theme-based first-year writing courses in collaboration with Columbia's faculty from interdisciplinary centers.

We particularly seek faculty with expertise in one or more of the following thematic areas though we may consider applicants with expertise in other areas as well, depending upon the evolving needs of the course staff: 

  • climate humanities
  • data humanities
  • gender and sexuality
  • human rights 
  • race and ethnicity 
  • religious studies  

Please foreground in your letter of application which thematic area(s) you are most qualified to lead.

The initial term of appointment for the three-year positions is one academic year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, contingent on satisfactory performance. The term of appointment for the one-year positions is one academic year.

Lecturers teach two sections (no more than 14 students per section) of first-year writing each fall and spring semester; mentor current graduate student instructors; plan theme-related events; and support teachers' professional development in workshops, meetings, and class observations. Lecturers' service to the program may also be fulfilled by working on our program's internal publications, assessment materials, and undergraduate journal of student writing.

The successful candidates will join a vibrant and collegial professional community led by four directors and other UWP lecturers. The UWP is staffed by graduate students and part-time faculty who are highly invested in undergraduate education and committed to their own professional development as teachers of writing.  

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


Must have fulfilled the requirements of a terminal graduate degree by June 30, 2021. Two years of experience teaching writing at the college level is also required.

Application Instructions

Please upload the following required materials to the following webpage:

  • Cover letter addressed to Dr. Nicole B. Wallack. Candidates should clearly identify their areas of expertise and interest in their cover letters.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Dissertation or thesis abstract
  • Writing sample of no more than 25 pages
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A syllabus from a recent writing course.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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