Lecturer 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 11:59 PM PST on January 10, 2020.  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.

PWR Lecturer Positions

Stanford University seeks a number of highly qualified lecturers to develop and teach intensive 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 (VPUE).


The Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) teaches courses that fulfill the undergraduate writing and rhetoric requirement as well as advanced courses supporting Notations in Science Communication and Cultural Rhetorics. PWR courses, taught primarily as workshops enrolling 15 students each, total approximately 200 a year.  Classes emphasize the development of each student’s analytical and research-based writing, with individual courses exploring writing, rhetoric, and research across a range of thematic perspectives and disciplinary contexts. The second required course at the sophomore level includes focused attention on the study and development of oral and multimedia texts to expand students’ understanding of modes of contemporary language and argument.  We seek applicants with strong interests in writing pedagogy and teaching communities from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, including the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences as well as humanities and the arts.

Lecturers will be responsible for developing syllabi for their courses in accord with general principles and assignment guidelines established by PWR.  Lecturers also participate in professional development activities provided by the program, including formal pedagogy workshops in rhetoric, composition, and the teaching of writing and speaking.  Additional responsibilities of lecturers in PWR include work in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and substantive service on program committees; lecturers will also have the opportunity to participate in writing initiatives across the campus (e.g. the Notations in Science Communication and Cultural Rhetorics and future Notations) and in individual departments and programs (via the Writing Specialists Project).   Lecturers will participate in a lively community of teachers, writers, and researchers committed to improving student writing and speaking and the teaching of writing more generally across the campus. 

Initial appointments of lecturers will be made for a term of two years beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, with a start date of September 1, 2020.  The appointment is renewable based on strong performance and programmatic need (including budgetary considerations) and may eventually lead to the opportunity to apply for promotion to the rank of advanced lecturer or senior lecturer, contingent on rigorous annual review by the program directors and appropriate promotion committees, programmatic need, and available opportunities.  We offer a competitive salary, research and travel funds, and a comprehensive benefits package.


Applicants should hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. preferred) and have significant teaching experience at the university level; while many PWR lecturers come from Writing Studies or a related field, we encourage applicants from all fields with a strong record of excellent teaching and strong interests in the teaching of writing and communication more generally.

To learn more about the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, visit our website at: http://pwr.stanford.edu.  If you have questions about PWR or the lecturer position, write to Marvin Diogenes, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, at marvind@stanford.edu.

To apply and to view a more detailed job description, please follow the instructions found at https://apply.interfolio.com/71295

To Apply

Please send a letter of application outlining your experience and interests in the teaching of writing and speaking and the field of rhetoric and composition (and how you connect your disciplinary training to the teaching of writing, speaking, and research), curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a teaching philosophy statement to Professor Adam Banks, Faculty Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric.  Deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. PST, January 10, 2020.  All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio.    


*Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.