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Writing Program Lectureship

Position overview

Salary range: Salary range: See Table 15 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $66,259 - $72,404 annually. Percent appointments may vary.
Percent time: Positions generally range from 33% to 100%
Position duration: From one quarter to one year.

Application Window

Open date: May 10, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Jul 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 31, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Santa Barbara, Writing Program invites applications for qualified lecturers to join a vibrant and dynamic program. Lecturers teach lower- and upper-division courses, including introductory writing courses for a variety of students and advanced courses in academic, interdisciplinary, civic, and professional areas. The Writing Program has a professional writing minor with six emphases. Additionally, Writing Program lecturers are integrally involved in program governance, development, and innovation.

For information about the UCSB Writing Program, which has received a CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, please visit our website, UC Santa Barbara has been ranked as one of the top 25 research universities in the world and includes nationally- and internationally-recognized programs in the humanities, sciences, and engineering. Located on California’s Central Coast, UC Santa Barbara provides high-quality education in a beautiful setting.

Applicants will be selected according to the quality of their experience teaching writing; their knowledge of the field of rhetoric and composition; and their experience as writers in both academic and professional contexts. The Program is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Lecturers hired in this search may receive contracts with the possibility of renewal up to six years; at the sixth year, a lecturer may be considered for a continuing appointment, which is an ongoing contract with merit reviews every three years. Appointments include full benefits. Positions are pending funding approval.
Courses are taught in-person on campus. Therefore, applicants must be able to teach in-person, with no additional reimbursement. Lecturer appointments will range from one-quarter to one-year time, with the possibility of reappointment, depending upon performance and Program needs. Terms and conditions of employment are subject to the University of California policy and any appropriate collective bargaining agreement.

The position will remain open until March 31, 2025 or until the Program needs are fulfilled, whichever comes first. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application to the new recruitment.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the review date specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a terminal degree (e.g., MFA, MBA, PhD) or must have completed all requirements for a PhD except for the dissertation, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

One year of college-level teaching experience. If the candidate is ABD, then the PhD must be conferred by the appt start date.

Preferred qualifications

Experience teaching first-year or upper-division writing; experience teaching technical and/or professional writing (such as scientific, journalistic, technical, business and/or legal writing); experience teaching digital media and/or online writing; and/or experience teaching writing to diverse student populations and to international students. PhD in Composition and Rhetoric.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide the names and complete contact information for 3-5 references. Candidates selected for an interview will have their references contacted when the interview is scheduled.

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About UC Santa Barbara

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy please visit: For the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California