Teaching Opportunities

The University Writing Program has opportunities for faculty as well as PhD and graduate students.

Faculty

UWP hiring new faculty for 2023-2024

The UWP is running two searches for multiple positions beginning in 2023-2024. We are accepting applications now through November 15.

Johns Hopkins is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Teaching Fellowships

The University Writing Program invites recent Johns Hopkins PhDs and current graduate students with teaching experience to apply for one-year teaching fellowships.

All teaching fellows participate in a pedagogy workshop in the fall and teach first-year writing in the spring.

The workshop—Teaching Writing Workshop—considers the big questions about writing – what is it, how does it work, and how can I teach it? – and invites participants to explore their answers to these questions as they design their course for the spring and their personal teaching statements. Alongside faculty, participants in the workshop discuss the scholarship and practice of writing studies and inclusive pedagogy as they draft, workshop, and revise writing assignments, syllabi, and pedagogical approaches in the actual classroom.

The workshop meets once a week and can be taken for credit, should graduate students be so inclined, but need not be. We imagine this workshop as both a way to invite participants into its new vision for the teaching of writing and as a significant professional development opportunity for both postdocs and graduate students.

The Positions

Postdoctoral teaching fellows are appointed for one year, with the possibility of a second year. Salary and benefits begin on July 1 and run through June 30 of the next year; the PhD defense must be take place before July 1. Please read the full job description. Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the fall pedagogy workshop (postdocs do not teach in the fall of their first year)
  • Teach three sections of first-year writing in the spring
  • In collaboration with faculty and other postdocs, conduct a research project that contributes to UWP’s mission; share findings at the end of the year
  • Opportunity to attend and participate in regular faculty meetings and to be involved in the intellectual and social life of the UWP 

Teaching fellows who are graduate students are appointed for one year and paid on a 9-month version of the full 12-month Krieger funding with standard graduate student benefits; home departments are invited to “top up” the funding through the summer. Responsibilities include::

  • Participate in the fall pedagogy workshop (no teaching in the fall)
  • Teach one section of first-year writing in the spring

Postdocs and graduate students, in the fall of their first year with the UWP, will participate in a community of pedagogical practice, the Teaching Writing Workshop. The Workshop will replace teaching in that semester. The Teaching Writing Workshop is designed to introduce participants to the ideas and teaching practices of the field of writing studies, as well as the vision and approach of the UWP specifically, and to offer a space for participants to design their subsequent spring semester first-year writing courses. The workshop will meet on a typical graduate seminar schedule of one 2+ hour meeting per week, and it will include faculty, postdoc, and graduate student participants. It may be taken for credit, should graduate students be so inclined, but it need not be. The workshop considers the big questions about writing – what is it, how does it work, and how can I teach it? – and invites participants to apply their answers to these questions through the design of writing assignments, course syllabi, and thoughtful, inclusive pedagogical techniques. The courses that participants design in the fall will be what they teach in the spring, and the program encourages innovative approaches including multimodal and public writing, community engagement, and more. The UWP imagines this workshop as both a way to invite participants into its new vision for the teaching of writing and as a significant professional development opportunity for both postdocs and graduate students.

How to Apply for Fellowships

We anticipate that we’ll begin reviewing applications in February. (A reminder to grad students: please see your adviser before applying.) Please include:

  • Cover letter, describing your background as a teacher and writer
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief proposal for writing class, informed by the goals of Reintroduction to Writing (first-year writing course)
  • Writing sample of no more than 5–7 pages (excerpts are fine)

Please send your application to uwp@jhu.edu.