Lectureships in the Princeton Writing Program, 2024-25

The Princeton Writing Program invites applications for Lecturers to teach topic-based, multidisciplinary Writing Seminars to first-year students. The Writing Seminars are designed to help students learn how to frame compelling questions and problems, position an argument within a scholarly conversation, and substantiate claims using a variety of source materials. Every first-year student completes a Writing Seminar to fulfill the University writing requirement, building transferable skills which serve as a foundation for their ongoing development as critical thinkers, researchers, and writers across the disciplines.

We welcome applications from candidates with strong interests in writing pedagogy and from all fields of study in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering. College-level teaching experience and the Ph.D. are expected. The typical teaching load is two Writing Seminars per term. Applications for part-time Lecturers may be considered according to the needs of the Program and at the discretion of the Director. As part of this teaching-intensive postdoctoral program, faculty benefit from regular pedagogy workshops and professional development opportunities. Lecturers are responsible for developing syllabi in accord with established guidelines.

Successful candidates will be strong and reflective academic writers, have demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching and mentoring, and have carefully considered the role of writing in teaching their courses. The Ph.D. is expected.

Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience teaching topic-based writing courses or writing-intensive courses, as well as to candidates with Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing in the Disciplines (WID), and/or Writing Center experience. The Writing Program is committed to sustaining a diverse community of scholars who are 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.

The initial appointment is expected to run August 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025, and may be renewable twice for a total of three academic years of appointment. Reappointment decisions are made according to the needs of the Program and on the merit of each applicant’s record of teaching, service, and scholarship. After three semesters in the Program, Lecturers with a strong record may participate in a review process to extend their term beyond the usual three years with expanded expectations for curricular development and service.

The salary for full-time Lecturers will be a minimum of $80,250. Benefits-eligible full-time positions also include the opportunity to apply for research grants and travel grants. All new faculty must attend half-day (morning), in-person pedagogy workshops from May 13-17, 2024, and be accessible by email and Zoom through the month of June to develop their Writing Seminars in consultation with Writing Program directors. Faculty development meetings are required throughout the academic year, including four full days of follow-up workshops from August 12-15, 2024, and a faculty retreat on August 28.

Instructions for Applying

The Lecturer search is open until filled. The deadline for full consideration is January 15, 2024.

Candidates must apply online at Princeton University Academic Jobs. The following is required for consideration:

  • Your current CV;
  • A cover letter reflecting on your approach to teaching writing and how it relates to your experience as a researcher;
  • A 200-word course description for a multidisciplinary Writing Seminar. Please review this year’s course descriptions for models (link below);
  • An academic writing sample (15 pages or an excerpt);
  • and contact information for three references.

More Information

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