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Director, Merritt Writing Program

Recruitment Period

Open November 25th, 2019 through Friday, Feb 14, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) seeks a Director of the Merritt Writing Program, with an associated tenured appointment in Writing Studies. This position is faculty-administrative, with primary responsibilities for program management as well as strategic vision. The administrative appointment will be part of SSHA with a five-year comprehensive review process. A successful candidate should have significant experience in writing program administration, professional activity in writing studies, a tangible commitment to diversity, experience with student-centered pedagogy and assessment, a strong record of teaching and mentorship, and interest and/or experience with grants and budgets. Associated scholarly activity is inclusive of subfields within Writing Studies; the faculty appointment is located with the Global Arts, Media and Writing Studies department. Depending on qualifications, this tenured appointment could be at the associate or full professor-level (with teaching or research in emphasis). Our interdisciplinary department and programmatic context offer significant opportunities to continue to develop a distinctive, high-quality and comprehensive academic program.

Priorities for this hire include:

  • A strong record of maintaining writing studies as an academic program, particularly in mentorship and leadership
  • A commitment to developing a comprehensive writing program and associated academic planning
  • Experience with course and program assessment
  • Demonstrable interest in obtaining external funding

Those with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. UC Merced is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a terminal degree (EdD, MFA or PhD) in Rhetoric, Composition, or a relevant field by the position start date; comprehensive related administrative experience for at least two years, at least five years of effective and related teaching experience; and two writing samples.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020.

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than February 14, 2020, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of administrative philosophy 4) two writing samples; 5) a contributions to diversity statement; and 6) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit

Applicants for this position level should include a list of four to five references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Anne Zanzucchi and Jayson Beaster-Jones

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

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Merced, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Statement of Administrative Philosophy

  • Writing Sample #1

  • Writing Sample #2

Reference requirements
  • 4-5 required (contact information only)