Lecturer in the First-Year Writing Program and Coordinator of the Writing Center Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Emerson College

The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing invites applications for a Lecturer faculty position in the First-Year Writing Program (FYWP) and Coordinator of the college-wide Writing Center.  This non-tenure track appointment begins August 24, 2017 and is renewable annually.  

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the college’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities.  Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities.  We particularly invite applications from historically underrepresented groups. 

The nationally recognized FYWP was awarded the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence in 2013. There is a required two-course sequence of first-year writing classes designed to enable students to write competently and effectively.  Introduction to College Writing focuses on cultural analysis that appears in academic work and in the public intellectual sphere.  Research Writing explores how rhetorical situations call on writers to do research and how writers draw on various types of writing to present the results of their research.  Around 55 sections of FYW courses are offered each semester. The FYWP at Emerson is an intellectually lively and socially engaged environment, with multilingual sections, service learning sections, and community and transnational writing projects.  Duties of the Lecturer include teaching FYW courses and the graduate level Teaching College Composition course, mentoring graduate instructors (who are MFA students in creative writing and MA students in publishing), developing curriculum, and participating in the collaborative leadership of the program. 

The Coordinator of the Writing Center serves as the liaison between the FYWP and the Lacerte Family Writing & Academic Resource Center (WARC).  WARC supports all Emerson community members by developing personalized strategies for academic success.  The WARC staff consists of three full-time professionals, the WLP Coordinator, a center manager, and a team of well-prepared graduate consultants. The Coordinator hires and trains writing tutors, provides in-service staff meetings and professional development programs for tutors, coordinates staffing and recordkeeping, conducts writing workshops for undergraduates and graduate students, and works with individual faculty, departments, and programs on writing in the disciplines.  


A PhD in rhetoric and composition, writing studies, or a related field is preferred; a graduate degree is required.  The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should have a record of successful college-level teaching and the background and experience to serve as the Writing Center Coordinator. Interests in genre theory, translingualism, multimodality, circulation studies, community writing, transnational rhetorical studies, African American and Latinx rhetoric, and public rhetoric are especially suited to the intellectual/curricular work of the FYWP.

To apply:

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references to the online faculty employment site at

Priority will be given to applications received by April 7, 2017. Review of the applicants will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing is a vibrant and engaged community of scholars, writers, and publishers with 100 full- and part-time faculty members, almost 500 undergraduate majors, just over 200 graduate students in the Creative Writing MFA program and Publishing MA program.  

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context.  It is located in Boston’s Literary Cultural District in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers.  The college enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 671 graduate students from 71 countries and 48 states.

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