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Lecturer in Merritt Writing Program: AY 2020-21 (External Applicants) (Anticipated)

Recruitment Period

Open December 20th, 2019 through Saturday, Aug 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


As one of the larger academic units on the UC Merced campus, the Merritt Writing Program (MWP) has a large range of faculty expertise, including creative writing, professional and technical writing, literacy studies, multimodal composition, rhetorical theory, writing pedagogy and assessment, and writing program administration. We offer an array of courses in which students explore the art of critical thinking, craft their written expression, and address a variety of issues and audiences. Our students learn to use language actively, inventively, and responsibly by exchanging their work at all stages of their writing process while building cumulative portfolios. Our interdisciplinary approach to writing offers students the opportunity to reflect broadly on their college education as well as to consider a range of pre-professional and academic opportunities.

Qualifications: The Merritt Writing Program seeks to hire full and part-time experienced teachers of composition, multilingualism, technical or science writing, writing in the disciplines or professions, creative writing, writing in digital/multimedia contexts, and related writing studies fields. Of particular interest are candidates with experience working with first-generation and/or multilingual students and a commitment to student success, higher education access and/or courses that address diversity in language contexts. Merritt Writing Program appointments include required composition general education courses as well as the opportunity to teach other lower and upper division courses. Merritt Writing Program lecturers who hold an academic year appointment will teach a total of five courses annually with section enrollment capped at 20 students for most courses.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in relevant field
• Proof of teaching excellence (see below)

Full and part-time appointments are available. Salary is based on an annual, full-time rate of $56,381.

This is a limited-term appointment which falls under the purview of the Agreement for the Lecturers Unit between the University of California and the American Federation of Teachers. Terms and conditions of employment are subject to UC policy and any appropriate collective bargaining agreement. See the following url for additional information:

Interested applicants are required to submit:

  1. A cover letter (no more than 500 words) that reflects on teaching excellence. Of particular interest are connections for students and faculty in a community dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
  2. CV
  3. List of 3 references with email addresses and phone numbers

Applications must be submitted via this website.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until all positions have been filled.

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.

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 (

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)