Fellow Positions in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

APPLICATION DEADLINE: For full consideration of an application, all required materials must be uploaded to Interfolio by midnight EST/9:00 P.M. PST on February 9, 2018.  If you receive a notice from Interfolio stating that the materials will not be sent along to the search committee until after the deadline, do not be alarmed; the deadline marks the time by which materials must be submitted to Interfolio.

Fellowship for the program in writing and rhetoric


Location: Stanford, California. Main Campus.

Stanford University seeks a number of highly-qualified fellows to develop and teach first and second-year writing courses in its Program in Writing and Rhetoric, a program in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. We explicitly seek applicants with experience and interests from a range of disciplinary backgrounds with a strong interest in the teaching of writing and speaking. Qualifying applicants must have completed their doctoral work within either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 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 and include consistent conferencing and written feedback on drafts of major assignments. 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.

The PWR Fellowship Program is meant to provide intensive pedagogical training, practical classroom and individualized, conference-based teaching experience, and a range of opportunities to contribute to a teaching community to recent terminal-degree recipients. Fellows will generally teach two sections per quarter during the academic year, with one quarter of teaching one section to have time for research in their own area of interest (five sections in all for the year). They will be responsible for developing syllabi for their sections in accord with course and assignment guidelines defined and used throughout PWR. Fellows will also participate in professional development activities available through the program, including formal training in rhetoric, composition, and writing pedagogy for several weeks in August before the start of the academic year; we consider this intensive immersion in writing pedagogy one of the primary benefits of the fellowship, as the principles and practices can be adapted to teaching in all disciplines. They will join a lively community of teachers, writers, and researchers, including Stanford faculty, lecturers, and fellows from a range of disciplines. Further information about the program can be found at https://undergrad.stanford.edu/programs/pwr.

Appointments of Fellows will be made for a term of two years beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, with a start date of August 1, 2018 (new Fellows are expected to be on campus for full engagement with the training sessions in August, as these sessions are essential preparation for teaching effectively in PWR as well as a centerpiece of the fellowship). Salary will be in the range of $66,800, and will be accompanied by a standard benefits package.

We welcome inquiries and questions from potential applicants and from Chairs or Directors of Graduate Studies. In the first instance, potential applicants should contact Associate Vice Provost, Director of PWR, Marvin Diogenes (marvind@stanford.edu). Chairs and Directors should contact Professor Adam Banks, Faculty Director of PWR (ajbanks@stanford.edu).


Candidates must have completed their doctoral studies during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic years (June 2018 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. At the time of application in February 2018, 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 doctorate and received the degree before the appointment begins. 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 speaking.

Application deadline is Februaryy 9, 2018 at midnight EST/9:00 P.M. PST.

Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

application instructions

Please submit a letter of application (outlining your teaching experience and interests in the teaching of writing, and ideas for themes for writing courses), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation (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), and a teaching philosophy statement via Interfolio (apply.interfolio.com/46235) by 11:59:59PM EDT February 9, 2018. Applicants with questions should contact Associate Vice Provost Marvin Diogenes (marvind@stanford.edu).

If you have additional questions about the position, please contact Marvin Diogenes, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, at marvind@stanford.edu .