Position Title

Assistant/Associate Professor of Instruction


Northwestern University, Cook Family Writing Program

Position Start Date

September 1, 2019

Salary Range


Job Description

Northwestern University’s Cook Family Writing Program invites applications for a continuing teaching track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Instruction, beginning September 1, 2019. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. The initial contract for this position is two years.

Responsibilities include teaching six quarter-long undergraduate courses per academic year, or the equivalent, in a 2/2/2 schedule. Given current program needs, candidates should demonstrate interest in teaching Writing and Speaking in Business and/or Design Thinking and Communication (team taught in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science). Other teaching opportunities may include a first-year seminar, expository writing, and intermediate and/or advanced composition. Candidates may also have teaching and/or administrative opportunities in the peer writing centers overseen by the Cook Family Writing Program.

Academic Qualifications

Requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., rhetoric and composition, technical or business communication, English, or applied linguistics).

Experience Requirements

Preference will be given to excellent teachers who have two or more years experience teaching writing. Successful candidates may also have expertise in online/digital pedagogy, ESL/EFL writers, and/or (multi)media literacies. All candidates must have an interest in co-teaching and in working collaboratively with colleagues to develop course materials and pedagogy.

Application Deadline

January 15, 2019

Application Process

Application materials—to be submitted online—include a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, course syllabi, teaching evaluations from 2-3 recently taught courses, etc.), a diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation (at least two of which address the candidate's abilities in the classroom). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

For submission instructions and a link to submit the application electronically, please go to https://www.writingprogram.northwestern.edu/about/faculty-search.html

Mailing Address

Northwestern University
Cook Family Writing Program
555 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Contact Information

Interested applicants should direct all questions to search committee co-chairs Elizabeth Lenaghan (e-lenaghan@northwestern.edu) and Charles Yarnoff (csy771@northwestern.edu).