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Teaching Assistant Professor of Writing, with a specialty in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

The George Washington University Writing Program
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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We seek applicants for a specialized faculty position at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor (non-tenure accruing), from any disciplinary background and/or work experience in anti-racist work (including non-profit experience) to begin as early as Fall 2022. We invite candidates with a clear commitment to multiple ways of knowledge production, as well as a profound commitment to the stewardship of equity and inclusion. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

The University Writing Program (UWP) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. is made up of multidisciplinary faculty and community activists. UWP faculty are striving to create an equitable environment for our students and ourselves through groups such as the UWP Anti-Racism Committee, a university seminar in Black Girls and Women’s Health Research Collective and Praxis, and a STEM writing seminar. We invite a candidate who can co-create this vision with us.

Specialized Faculty appointments at GW feature a competitive salary and benefits, as well as access to promotion. In the UWP, these positions carry teaching and service expectations, in that order of priority. The standard teaching load is 4/3. The initial contract period will be three years, and is renewable following a successful reappointment process.

We are looking for someone with research or other experience in the writing of students from the diverse backgrounds GW is increasingly recruiting and attracting:  students from under-represented ethnic and racial backgrounds, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and first-generation college students. A researcher, advocate or activist would bring to us knowledge of the action-oriented field of anti-racist scholarship on the writing of these different student populations and the ways faculty can support their academic work in what is often a stressful transition to college writing.

The successful candidate will contribute to our First Year Writing division by regularly teaching the required first-year introduction to academic writing and research courses (UW 1020). This writing and research course is theme-based; each faculty member develops their own topic and writing assignments. We are interested in writing course themes that examine the historical roots of anti-racist literature, advance cultural engagement through a focus on rhetoric and writing, cultivate a deep understanding of the ideas and practice of social and linguistic justice, and teach understanding and use of critical, decolonizing pedagogies, approaches and theories, including intersectionality.

GW is a major research university, serving approximately 26,000 graduate and undergraduate students across multiple campuses in and around the nation’s capital. The UWP is one of the largest and most active academic units at GW, encompassing three divisions — First Year Writing, Writing in the Disciplines, and the Writing Center. UWP professors collaborate with these three divisions. 

Minimum Qualifications:       

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree completed by date of appointment (specialization is open);
  • Experience and/or training in antiracism pedagogies rooted in scholar-activism and/or community engagement, broadly defined.
To apply, please complete an online application and upload:
  • an application letter under “Cover Letter”, 
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogy under “Statement of Teaching Interest,” which includes your approach to anti-racist work, 
  • a C.V., and 
  • contact information for three references 
  • For candidates who reach the initial interview stage, three recommendation letters will be requested.

Review of applications will begin on January 19, 2022. Only complete applications will be considered.

Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Carol Hayes, Chair of the Search Committee, at

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