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Director of Writing and Professor (Open-rank) of Writing Studies

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Director of Writing and Professor (Open-rank) of Writing Studies

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Director of Writing and professor (open-rank). The successful applicant will join the faculty of the Division of Culture, Arts, and Communication, and teach in its Writing Studies major. This is a full-time 9-month service period and is expected start date of Autumn 2023. 

The successful applicant will serve as Director of Writing for the Tacoma campus and, through this role, support diverse student populations through inclusive teaching practices, leadership, and service. In alignment with the University’s and UWT’s vision and mission, the Director of Writing will work within this role to cultivate excellence among minoritized, first-generation, working- and non-traditional students, faculty, and staff.  

The Director of Writing will coordinate the first-year writing program and lead campus-wide initiatives that support writing pedagogy and assessment in the disciplines. The primary responsibilities of the Director of Writing include: 

  1. overseeing the application of university-wide (i.e., at the tri-campus level) standards for teaching writing in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and across the Tacoma campus 
  2. leading programmatic development related to 100- and 200-level writing courses  
  3. designing and coordinating programmatic assessment 
  4. assisting in course scheduling, which may include hiring part-time instructors 
  5. designing, coordinating, and facilitating faculty development related to writing instruction across SIAS and the Tacoma campus  
  6. teaching three courses a year, including first-year writing (with 3 course releases for leadership and administrative duties) 
  7. representing SIAS and the Tacoma campus in university-wide conversations, meetings, and activities related to writing pedagogy  
  8. taking part in shared leadership at the level of the major and beyond 

Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to having at least two years of experience in WPA, WAC, and/or WID; having two or more years of teaching experience, particularly in lower-division writing and stretch composition; experience in assessing and developing writing programs collaboratively; experience mentoring faculty and leading evidence-based initiatives meant to improve writing pedagogy, access, and student success; the centering of equity and inclusion in their research, scholarship, and service. 

Faculty at the University of Washington engage in teaching, research, and service. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct and publish research in Writing Studies/Rhetoric and Composition. All specializations will be considered. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, those doing research about cultural rhetorics and Indigenous rhetorics, environmental rhetorics, anti-racist pedagogy and assessment, first-year writing, multilingualism, or disability studies. 

The University of Washington Tacoma is an urban-serving institution committed to providing an interdisciplinary and community-engaged education to a diverse student body. The tri-campus University of Washington is among the 119 institutions of higher education in the U.S. to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation denoting institutional commitment to community engagement. In particular, the Tacoma campus is renowned for its community-engaged activities, wherein many of its faculty, students, and staff are taking an active role in transforming the city and region into a thriving and just collective of communities. 

The University of Washington Tacoma is a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) and a federally funded Asian American Native American Pacific Islander- Serving Institution (AANAPISI). UWT’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth.  

We invite you to learn more about the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the Tacoma campus by visiting and, respectively. 

The base salary range for this position will be $9,444-$10,300 per month ($85,000-$92,700 per 9-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a one-time relocation allowance, if applicable. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at


Required Qualifications: 

  • An earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in Rhetoric and Composition or related field at the time of appointment  

  • Training and experience in Writing Program Administration, Writing Across the Curriculum, and/or Writing in the Disciplines 

  • Evidence of successful evidence-based teaching experience in undergraduate writing courses, including first-year writing among multi-lingual, working- and non-traditional students
  • Evidence of research activity in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies that is pedagogy-focused and relevant to underserved populations 


To apply, please submit  

  1. a cover letter (2-page maximum) delineating qualifications, research interests, and relevant teaching experience. Letters should also speak to how the applicant’s teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from BIPOC and historically marginalized communities/populations (Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion) 
  2. a curriculum vitae that lists courses taught 
  3. a teaching-related artifact (i.e., a syllabus, an assignment, a rubric, or teaching evaluations) demonstrative of excellence and/or innovation in teaching 
  4. the name and contact information of three professional references (to be provided on the application form)  

Applicants moving beyond the interview stage will be asked to provide letters of recommendation as well as a sample of their scholarship. 

Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials (including letters of recommendation) received via e-mail will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin Wednesday, 18 January 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Dr. Rubén Casas, search chair, at 

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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