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

Recruitment Period

Open February 1st, 2020 through Sunday, Mar 15, 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: This application pool is for internal lecturer candidates only. The Merritt Writing Program seeks to hire full and part-time experienced teachers of composition, ESL, technical or science writing, writing in the disciplines or professions, creative writing, and related fields. Of particular interest are candidates with experience working with first generation students and English language learners. 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
• One-semester teaching in the MWP
• 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. Cover letter (no more than 500 words) that reflects on teaching excellence by focusing on one of the following options:
    • Assessment of student work
    • Experimental teaching practices
    • Contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion that benefits learning or course outcomes
    • Course re-design/updating
    • Professional development that has direct impact on the classroom
    • Student evaluations
    • Peer Observations
    • Other as relevant

  2. CV

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
  • Teaching Excellence Cover Letter

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