Quin Morton Teaching Fellows, Princeton Writing Program, 2020-21

Princeton graduate students who will be in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status next year are invited to apply for one-year positions as Quin Morton Teaching Fellows. Quin Morton Teaching Fellows teach one topic-based, multidisciplinary Writing Seminar of their own design each semester and participate in an intensive faculty development program, which includes meetings and workshops on seminar design and writing pedagogy. Teaching Fellows are paid at the salary rate for half-time lecturers without the Ph.D. (a minimum of $32,900 for the year), receive full DCE tuition and Student Health Plan coverage, and enjoy all the benefits of fully enrolled graduate students.

The Writing Seminars are designed to teach first-year students learn how to frame compelling questions and problems, position an argument within an academic debate, substantiate and organize claims, and purposefully integrate a variety of source materials. Every Princeton undergraduate completes a Writing Seminar to fulfill the University writing requirement. The transferable skills to which students are introduced in their Writing Seminars serve as a foundation for their ongoing development as critical researchers and writers across the university. We therefore seek applications from candidates with strong interests in writing pedagogy and from all fields of study in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and the arts.

Successful candidates will have carefully considered the role of writing in teaching their proposed course. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience teaching at the college or high school levels, as well as to candidates with Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing in the Disciplines (WID), and/or Writing Center experience.

We expect that the period of appointment will be from August 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021; however, all new faculty must attend full-day workshops May 18 - May 22, 2020, and be accessible by email the month after to develop their Writing Seminars in consultation with Writing Program directors. Faculty development meetings are also required throughout the academic year, including four full days of follow-up workshops from August 17 - 20, 2020, and a faculty retreat on August 31.

The Writing Program is committed to sustaining a diverse community of scholars dedicated to promoting a culture of growth and discovery among students at the University. We strongly encourage women and members from underrepresented groups to apply.

Please note: To be eligible for a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow position, you must be in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status in 2020-21. If you defend your dissertation before September 1, 2020, you will no longer be eligible to serve as a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow. All Quin Morton Teaching Fellow appointments are subject to departmental endorsement and to review and approval by the Graduate School. Please also note: You may apply in both categories (Lectureship and Quin Morton Teaching Fellow); if you choose to do so, please submit your application twice so we can track your candidacy (online at Princeton University Academic Jobs (%listing_link%) for the Lecturer position and by email to writing2@princeton.edu for the Quin Morton Teaching Fellow position). If you are selected for a lectureship, you must defend your dissertation before September 1, 2020. Your cover letters should indicate that you’re applying in both categories.

Instructions for Applying

The deadline for Quin Morton applications is 5:00pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. No late applications will be accepted. Please discuss your interest with your faculty advisor and secure their approval before submitting an application. The position counts as a 6-hour AI teaching appointment.

To apply, email the following documents to writing2@princeton.edu:

  • A cover letter reflecting on your approach to teaching writing and how it relates to your experience and scholarly research;
  • A 200-word course description for a multidisciplinary Writing Seminar. Please review this year’s course descriptions for models (link below);
  • Your current CV with contact information for three references (you do not need to supply letters of recommendation at the time of application;
  • And an academic writing sample (please limit to 25 pages).

Information Session and Proposal Workshop

We invite you to attend our optional information session and proposal workshop. You’ll hear more about the Writing Seminars and the application process, as well as get feedback on Writing Seminar topics you’re thinking of proposing.

Quin Morton Teaching Fellow Info Session
Princeton Writing Program
3rd Floor New South
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4:30-6pm

.: Please register to attend

Please direct questions to writing2@princeton.edu or (609) 258-2702.