Writing Studies (Lecturer positions)

Oct 12, 2022

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media (JWAM) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for experienced and dynamic writing studies instructors to join its faculty as Lecturers with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. JWAM is committed to research and pedagogy that responds to and addresses historic inequities and therefore welcomes applicants who would contribute to our ongoing efforts to create an open and diverse community, one that fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged in the field of writing studies. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


Writing, Research and Discourse Studies (WRDS), a division within JWAM, offers innovative research and teaching in the field of writing studies. WRDS faculty have contributed to the development of cultural writing studies, writing in and across disciplines, and new rhetorical genre studies in ways that diversify the teaching of writing according to anti-racism, decolonization, Indigenization, and transgender and Disability justice theories and practices. These foci inform WRDS’ current development of an undergraduate writing studies minor and will inform future planning for an undergraduate major and graduate writing studies program. Applicants should expect to contribute to WRDS’ ongoing development of these departmental commitments in ways that diversify the teaching of writing praxes. Building on existing initiatives, the successful candidates will work collaboratively to deliver courses and projects within WRDS, and JWAM potentially.


We expect to fill up to 4 Lecturer positions for an initial term of 3 years, including a probationary first year. The Lecturer position is a full-time appointment without review (i.e., non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms of up to 5 years, subject to availability of funding and demonstration of excellence in teaching, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The successful candidates will be expected to carry an annual teaching load of 24 credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) in JWAM, with the possibility that some of the teaching assignments may be made in another unit in the Faculty of Arts, based on the needs of JWAM and the collaborating unit. In addition, the position will involve service responsibilities. In cases where extraordinary additional service responsibilities are assigned by the Director under the advisement of the Chair of WRDS, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted. The Lecturer will work closely with the Chair and with other WRDS faculty in a highly collaborative environment.


WRDS’ faculty is committed to creating unique opportunities for students to succeed as practiced writers and emerging social and scholarly professionals in an era of significant shifts in communication technology and culture. WRDS currently offers four undergraduate courses (WRDS 150, WRDS 250, WRDS 350, WRDS 360) to approximately 6,000 students each year. In these courses and in keeping with the commitments outlined above, we use writing-in-the-disciplines, new rhetorical genre studies, cultural writing studies, and discourse-analytic approaches informed by current research in the fields of writing studies, rhetoric, and applied language studies. The successful candidate will initially teach sections of WRDS 150A (for Arts students), WRDS 150B (for non-Arts students), and/or WRDS 350. Applicants will be expected to work closely with other faculty to support student participation in research activities (e.g., student conferences and publications), and they may be asked to contribute to other WRDS initiatives and to the further development of curriculum for undergraduate writing.


Application instructions


Applicants must have a doctorate in writing studies or a closely related field (e.g., discourse studies, rhetoric/communications, applied linguistics), or a doctorate in another field and significant experience teaching writing in university settings (this teaching will be informed by current writing studies research). We particularly welcome applications from instructors with experience teaching writing to students from a range of disciplines including those in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and applied sciences, and experience with or expertise in teaching writing to diverse student populations. Evidence of collegiality, collaboration, and curriculum development is also an asset, as is a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Applicants should provide:


(1) a letter of application indicating suitability for the position;

(2) a curriculum vitae, including a list of all post-secondary courses taught;

(3) a teaching dossier that includes:

  1. a)    a statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion (500 words max);
  2. b)    a statement of teaching philosophy related to the teaching of writing (500 words max);
  3. c)    evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations, past sample syllabi, peer reviews of teaching);
  4. d)   proposed syllabi for a WRDS 150A course and a WRDS 150B course.
  5. Each syllabus should include a description of the research area examined, a list of sample texts, and descriptions of sample assignments. For examples of syllabi of WRDS 150 sections currently being taught, see: https://jwam.ubc.ca/undergraduate/writing-requirements/arts-students/;

(4) the names and contact information for 3 academic references.


Application materials must be submitted electronically as PDFs. Please follow the instructions provided on the application webpage:  https://jrnl.air.arts.ubc.ca/applications-for-writing-studieslecturers-school-of-journalism-writing-and-media/. The deadline for completed applications is November 13, 2022. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the positions are filled.


We will contact the referees of shortlisted applicants for confidential reference letters. Applicants should ensure that their referees are aware that this is a teaching position and should accordingly focus their assessment on teaching and pedagogical expertise and experience. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Jaclyn Rea, Chair of the Search Committee, in care of Serena Gibbons, may be sent to wrds.info@ubc.ca. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: https://indigenous.ubc.ca.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Given the uncertainty caused by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if any new travel and other restrictions are in place at the time.