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Lecturer, Writing and Rhetoric

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Lecturer, Writing and Rhetoric

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The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by December 17, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (December 17, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (WRT) in the Harrington School of Communication and Media (HCSM) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is seeking a faculty member with expertise in teaching writing. WRT’s First Year Writing Program (FYW) has launched new curricular and assessment initiatives rooted in social and linguistic justice, and we are seeking a faculty member to help us advance these initiatives. The one-year appointment, starting in fall of 2022, will be at the rank of a non-tenure track lecturer. Annual reappointments may follow upon successful evaluations and review of teaching performance.

WRT is committed to diversity, access, and inclusion and seeks to compose more diverse and equitable futures. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, and/or excluded in the field who can engage students with different perspectives. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among undergraduate student writers from diverse cultures and backgrounds.


The selected candidate will join the WRT faculty as a lecturer and contribute to the department by teaching 24 credit hours per academic year in the FYW program. They will participate in a collaborative and evolving shared curriculum development and instructional process. They may be asked to assist in other instruction-related service as designated by the department chair; however, lecturers are not expected to perform college and university service beyond those listed above. Lecturers are not required to engage in scholarly activities; however, the application of pedagogical research to classroom practice is important to our department.

Lecturers are evaluated through the annual review process as prescribed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, including a classroom observation and assessment of teaching that will be conducted by the department chair or their designee. Teaching excellence is cultivated, supported, and expected for lecturers. Lecturers may be eligible for promotion to senior lecturer or teaching professor, depending on time in rank, degree attained, and demonstrated teaching excellence.



1. Master’s degree in rhetoric/composition or related field by the time of appointment.

2. Experience teaching writing at the college level.

3. Experience teaching or composing digital, multimodal writing.

4. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.


1. PhD in rhetoric/composition or technical/professional communication.
2. Experience teaching shared curriculum and participating in curricular development.

3. Experience with program assessment.




AAUP - American Assoc of Univ Professors

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Academic Year, Full-time, Non-tenure-track, Limited

End Date of Restriction or Limitation:

Position is full-time academic year, limited to 06/18/2022 with anticipated renewal.


Writing & Rhetoric


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) required documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter.

(#2) CV that includes the names and contact information for three professional references

(#3) “Other" – a statement about diversity and inclusion contributions and pedagogical approaches.

NOTE: This is an “OPTIONAL” Document of - demonstration of teaching effectiveness, such as syllabi, teaching evaluations, peer evaluations, course assignments/activities, sample student work (one complete document of no more than two).

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