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College Writing Program Lecturers

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer
Salary range: ​A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $66,259-$100,224. ​
The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position:

Application Window

Open date: October 2, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

UC San Diego’s college system provides undergraduates with a living and learning community that mirrors the experience of studying at a smaller liberal arts college while affording the benefits of a large research university. Each of the eight colleges has its own academic program through which students fulfill the university’s writing requirements and which serve as the academic manifestation of the unique focus of each college. These programs are at the heart of the college’s student life and academic vision and reflect their college’s mission statement and educational philosophy, providing a general education foundation on which the students build their disciplinary expertise in their majors and upper-division coursework. The overall structure, subject-matter, and educational approach of these programs varies from college to college, but in fulfilling the UC-mandated writing requirement, they are all designed to help students develop the core competencies of written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and information literacy.

We are seeking applicants for non-tenure track lecturer position(s). Appointments may be part-time, full-time, quarterly, or annual. Please use the specialization tool to select the colleges you are applying to be considered for. Additionally, please rank the colleges selected in your cover letter.

In these programs, lecturers teach writing and course content in seminar-style classes. Lecturers are responsible for assessing student work.

Eighth College []
Eighth College is the newest of the eight undergraduate colleges at the University of California, San Diego and will matriculate its first cohort of students in Fall 2023. Building on the College’s theme, “Engagement & Community,” its academic mission is to introduce students to critical community engagement in the context of addressing structural racism. The program encourages inter-disciplinary inquiry, critical thinking, and invites multifaceted engagement with communities – both in the San Diego area and elsewhere.

Muir College []
The Muir College Writing Program courses engage in critical analysis in thinking, reading, and writing during which students must advance beyond the basic competency expected at entrance to understand and write discourse acceptable at the university level. Even when faced with challenging topics, students must demonstrate the ability to comprehend textual arguments at more than a superficial level; their writing must exhibit an understanding of academic arguments and analysis. There are three thematic threads for courses—Humanities, Science, and Environmental/Social Justice.

Sixth College []
Sixth College’s Culture, Art and Technology Program offers students varied scholarly opportunities centered on exploring the intersection of art and technology as a lens to understand, reflect on, and critique culture and cultural production. From the origins of civilization to the history of Hollywood and the future of the environment, students in CAT engage with big questions about where we’ve come from, who we are, and where we are going. We aim to teach students to think critically and creatively, while also preparing them for success in college and the world beyond. The CAT Program primarily hires lecturers to teach our upper division public communication courses (CAT 125 and 125R) and our upper division experiential learning course (CAT 124). For more information on individual courses, please see our website:

Seventh College []
The Seventh College Synthesis Program invites students to engage in an anti-racist curriculum that challenges them to look at large-scale global issues such as the climate crisis from an interdisciplinary and critical perspective. It functions as two interconnected programs in one. The first program is a two-course writing-intensive sequence that asks students to deconstruct the tools of academic and public discourse in order to form strategies for addressing the planet’s intersecting local and global ecological, socioeconomic, and political changes. The second program is an upper-division project-based course, each with its own instructor and theme,offered under one umbrella in collaboration with a broad range of campus and community partners.

Warren College []
The Warren College Writing Program aligns its curriculum with the college’s namesake, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and the college motto, “A life in balance.” In Warren Writing classes, students explore ways of analyzing, researching and communicating about problems that have a direct bearing on their lives. Areas of inquiry include ethical and justice-related problems in science, technology, computers, and engineering. Course curricula emphasize a problem-based pedagogy and the importance of self-reflection on students’ learning. In developing as writers and thinkers, students gain communicative tools needed to write clearly, effectively, and compassionately to a variety of audiences about the solutions most needed to restore balance and equity to people’s lives and the communities in which they live.

Revelle College []
The Humanities Program is a core text and writing program that offers five interdisciplinary, chronologically- arranged courses in the literature and thought of the Western humanistic tradition to undergraduates in Revelle College. The program emphasizes the development of skills in critical thinking and formal, persuasive writing. The Humanities Program hires lecturers to teach both in our lower-division sequence (HUM 1-5) and our upper-division writing course (HUM 100).

In these programs, lecturers present content in large lecture courses with the assistance of graduate TAs. Lecturers support the TAs who facilitate discussion sections and assess student written work.

Eleanor Roosevelt College []
The Making of the Modern World [] is an interdisciplinary GenEd program at Eleanor Roosevelt College. MMW is grounded in world history, from human origins to the contemporary world, and provides instruction in academic research and writing. Since 1988, when the program and college were founded, MMW has been at the heart of ERC’s general education requirements, serving as an academic manifestation of a fundamental aspect of the college’s mission, namely, “to feature dimensions of international understanding and cultural diversity,” and is required of all ERC students.

Thurgood Marshall College []
Thurgood Marshall's Writing Program, “Dimensions of Culture (DOC),” instructs students in critical reading and writing by developing students’ historically grounded understanding of the diverse experiences that have shaped U.S. culture. The lower-division sequence (DOC 1-3) is required of all first-year students at Marshall College and constitutes the core of Marshall College’s general education requirements, providing a unified academic experience for all first year students that is grounded in the College’s commitment to social justice.
Salary commensurate with experience based on published UC pay scales.

**Teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and letters of recommendation may be required if the applicant is selected for an interview.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

MS or MA in any field is required by time of application

Preferred qualifications
  • PhD, MFA or other terminal degree
  • Degree in Composition, Rhetoric, Writing Studies, English, Literature, History, Ethnic Studies, or other field related to the writing program’s curriculum
  • Familiarity with using a LMS (Learning Management System)
  • At least one year experience with teaching writing about, but not in, the sciences, humanities and humanistic social sciences, or social and environmental justice

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - (add description to request ranking of the selected colleges; if no preference, indicate)

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Syllabi - Optional at the time of interview

  • Teaching evaluations - Optional at the time of interview

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)
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La Jolla, CA