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Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

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Arts & Humanities, English Literature & Composition
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Position Number:


Working Title:

Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies

Classification Title:

9-Mo Non-Tenure Track Faculty


Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)


Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies

Position Designation:


Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

Months per year:


Primary Purpose of Department:

The WRDS department engages in teaching, research, and service in rhetoric, composition, and digital communication. WRDS is home to an exemplary First-Year Writing Program (winner of the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence), the Writing Resources Center, and an emergent undergraduate minor and major. Together, WRDS programs are committed to providing UNC Charlotte students from first-year to graduate high-quality writing instruction, while serving as a site for innovative research and service to the university and the Charlotte community. For additional information about our department, visit our website at

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Non-Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate teaching goals.

Teaching – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, and grading student work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities are to teach primarily First-Year Writing, advise, engage in curriculum and instructional development, provide appropriate service and leadership to the university, the public, and the profession, engage in ongoing professional development, and contribute to developing and promoting the new WRDS minor and major. Course load is 12 credit hours per semester (three 4-credit courses or four 3-credit courses).

Required Qualifications

  • MA (Lecturer) or PhD (Assistant Teaching Professor) at time of appointment in Rhetoric & Composition or related discipline
  • Record of effective teaching of college-level writing
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching First-Year Writing
  • Familiarity with the “Writing About Writing” approach to teaching First-Year Writing
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Evidence of inclusive teaching practices
  • Experience working effectively with multicultural and otherwise diverse groups of people
  • Evidence of collegiality and a commitment to work collaboratively as part of a supportive team

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned masters and/or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated success teaching a “Writing About Writing” curriculum
  • Experience and interest in learning theory, writing pedagogy, emerging media, and innovative technologies of digital communication
  • Experience in an independent writing program or department with an undergraduate major
  • Successful leadership in writing program administration, particularly writing center and/or First-Year Writing

Necessary Licenses/Certifications:


Special Notes to Applicants:

This is a 9-month non-tenure track position on an initial 3-year, renewal contract. This position includes opportunities for promotion and the potential for a 5-year, renewable contract.

Please apply online at (position #003737) and include the following:

  1. Letter of application responding to the required and desired qualifications listed above
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Writing sample
  4. List of 3 professional references, who can address quality of teaching, in particular
  5. Candidates should be prepared to submit 3 current letters of recommendation, sent separately to the search committee co-chairs. Please do not send letters until requested.

Complete applications received by December 19, 2022 are assured full consideration, although recruitment will continue until the position is filled.
After an initial round of Zoom interviews, provided it remains safe to do so, we expect to host on-campus interviews for finalists early in the new year.
Candidates will be asked during their initial interview to discuss how they address social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in teaching.
The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check and be required to submit an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Date Review of Applications will Begin:


Proposed Hire Date:


Contact Information:

For more information, please contact the search committee co-chairs, R. Mark Hall ([email protected]) and Angela Mitchell ([email protected]).


About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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