Open Instructor Positions

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric is currently accepting applications for one-year instructor positions.  Applicants must have completed their doctoral studies at Stanford during the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years or be a current Stanford postdoc or Stanford affiliate (please see additional details below).  All required materials must be uploaded to Interfolio by 11:59 PM PDT on June 11, 2021.  

PWR Instructor Positions

Stanford University seeks a number of highly-qualified instructors to develop and teach first-year writing courses in its Program in Writing and Rhetoric, a program in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. We explicitly encourage applicants with teaching experience and a strong interest in the teaching of writing and research. Qualifying applicants must have completed their doctoral work within either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic year at Stanford.

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) teaches courses that fulfill the undergraduate writing and rhetoric requirement. PWR offers approximately 200 courses a year, taught seminar/workshop style in classes of 15 students each.  These small classes emphasize the development of each student’s analytical and research-based writing.  Individual classes explore writing, rhetoric, and research from a range of thematic perspectives and within a range of disciplinary contexts. The second course in the requirement includes focused attention to the study and development of oral and multimedia texts to expand students’ understanding of contemporary language and argument. 

Instructors generally teach two sections per quarter during the academic year (six sections in all for the year). They will be responsible for developing syllabi for their sections in alignment with course and assignment guidelines defined and used throughout PWR.  Instructors will participate in professional development activities available through the program, including formal training in rhetoric, composition, and writing pedagogy in August and September before the start of the academic year; we consider this training in writing pedagogy one of the primary benefits of the appointment, as the principles and practices can be adapted to teaching in all disciplines. Instructors will have access to a lively community of teachers, writers, and researchers, including Stanford faculty and lecturers from a range of disciplines.  Further information about the program can be found at

Appointments of instructors will be made for a term of 11 months, with a start date of August 1, 2021 and end date of June 30, 2022.  We offer a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and a standard benefits package. We offer a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and a standard benefits package.


Candidates must have completed their doctoral studies during the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years (June 2021 at the latest) and thus have the Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment; there will be no exceptions to this requirement for applicants in this category. At the time of application in spring 2021, the chair or director of an ABD applicant’s department or program should provide a statement that the applicant will have completed and filed their dissertation and received the degree before the appointment begins.

In addition, current Stanford postdocs and other Stanford affiliates with Stanford teaching experience or interest in teaching writing and research are eligible to apply; these applicants will not need to have a recommendation letter referencing their degree progress, as they will have completed their doctorates already.

We encourage applications from candidates from all fields and disciplines who have demonstrated excellence as teachers and possess strong interests in the teaching of writing and research.

To Apply

Please submit a letter of application (outlining your teaching experience and interests in the teaching of writing and research), curriculum vitae, three letters of reference (note for ABDs: one of your letters must be an endorsement from your department chair or program director confirming you will have the doctorate in hand by the start of the appointment), a teaching philosophy statement (which may include ideas for PWR writing courses), syllabi for other relevant courses, and any other relevant teaching materials via Interfolio (  by 11:59:59PM PDT June 11, 2021. 

Applicants with questions should contact Associate Vice Provost, Marvin Diogenes (