Cornell University, English

Position ID:Cornell-English-LECTUGW [#27399, WDR-00044345]
Position Title: Lecturers in Undergraduate Writing
Position Type:Teaching stream faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: English / Rhetoric and Composition, Academic Writing, Disciplinary Writing, Literature, Pedagogy, Writing Studies
Appl Deadline:2024/04/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/03/26)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University invites applications for two lecturers to teach undergraduate writing beginning academic year 2024-25. This is a three-year term, with renewal based on performance and the needs of the department. 

As part of the university-wide First-Year Writing Seminars program administered by the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, the department offers a wide range of First-Year Writing Seminars in literature, film, and media; nature, the environment, and climate change; culture, politics, and identity; and in community engagement. These writing seminars serve the entire undergraduate population of Cornell University. As such, candidates should demonstrate experience teaching undergraduate writing to students from diverse backgrounds and in diverse fields of study. 

The successful candidates will teach a full-time course load of 3 courses per semester. These courses will primarily be FWS courses with the opportunity to teach one non-FWS 2000-level literature course each spring semester, to be determined based on the lecturer’s experience and interests along with the department’s curricular needs. During some semesters, the lecturer may serve as course leader—supervising FWS courses taught by graduate student instructors and temporary lecturers—as the equivalent of one course. 

Required qualifications are a PhD in English language and literature or similar literary field and experience teaching writing and literature at the undergraduate level. Candidates should have experience developing syllabi and teaching as the instructor of record. Preferred qualifications are experience or demonstrated ability in supervising graduate student instructors and/or contributing to pedagogical training for graduate students. 

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This is a full-time, benefits eligible position beginning July 1, 2024. Visa sponsorship and relocation support are not available for this position. Lecturers must teach in person on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. 

Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online position #27399 with the following materials: 
Two confidential letters of recommendation that speak to the candidate’s teaching ability may be solicited later. 

Priority will be given to applications received by April 15; application review will begin after this date. 

Pay Range: $49,700 - $122,000. Actual salary offers in the College of Arts and Sciences will be based on education, experience, discipline, and relevant skills. 

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
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Department of English
Cornell University
250 Goldwin Smith Hall
232 East Ave.
Ithaca, NY 14853