University of Connecticut, English

Position ID:UConn-English-494610 [#16420, 494610]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor, First-Year Writing, Storrs
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: English
Appl Deadline: finished (2020/06/08, finished 2021/01/09, listed until 2020/07/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The Department of English at the University of Connecticut invites applications for one (1) one-year renewable Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) position as Associate Director of First-Year Writing. This position will begin on August 23, 2020 and will be housed at the UConn Storrs campus. For more information regarding the First-Year Writing program, please visit

The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills with a strong commitment to writing instruction at the college level, both teaching and its administration in the English Department, as part of the First-Year Writing (FYW) program.

The ideal candidate will be expected to work with the Director of First-Year Writing to transition the program to a newly designed writing curriculum and pedagogy that emphasizes communications across a number of technologies (referred to in the field as “multimodal composition”).  The new VAP role will have administrative, teaching, and service duties, which will include teaching FYW courses to first-year students, facilitating the graduate instructor Teaching Practicum, instructional development in the form of materials and workshops, and act as a liaison for students and instructors.

Founded In 1881, the UConn Is a Land Grant and Sea Grant Institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It Is the state's flagship Institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School In Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, Including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn Is a Carnegie Foundation Rl (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities In the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and Innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


Completion of all requirements for the PhD in Rhetoric/Composition, English, or a closely related field by the start date of employment and evidence of a strong commitment to undergraduate education. The candidate must have experience teaching college-level writing with some graduate coursework in rhetoric/composition, linguistics, or second-language writing.


Evidence of engagement with current trends in writing studies and college-level writing, a record of teaching diverse range of students at a college or university using face-to-face classroom and remote/online learning formats, as well as experience with Writing Program Administration.


This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position that requires the equivalent of 7 courses a year, allocated to teaching, administration, and service. The person holding this position reports directly to the First-Year Writing Director and the Department Head of English. The position may be renewed annually dependent on funding and post-Covid-19 fiscal realities.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter that addresses the criteria for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Writing Sample;
  • A brief portfolio of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment prompts);
  • Three (3) letters of reference.

For further information, please feel free to review the First-Year Writing Program website: Subsequent questions can be directed to Dr. Lisa Blansett (

Preference will be given to those who apply by June 17, 2020; however, screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of English
215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4025
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-4025

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