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Assistant Professor of Teaching, Science and Engineering Writing

Application Window

Open date: October 27, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 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

The University Writing Program (UWP) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Teaching position in Science and Engineering Writing. Faculty in this position are members of the Academic Senate and are eligible for security of employment. The primary responsibilities of this position will be teaching and developing writing courses in science, engineering, and related subjects. The UWP is committed to diversity and inclusion and seeks candidates who will contribute to a teaching context that supports a linguistically and culturally diverse student body. Secondary responsibilities will include professional and/or scholarly achievement, particularly in relation to curriculum and pedagogy, along with academic service and administration. The expected teaching load is six courses across three academic quarters, with opportunities for release time for significant academic service and program leadership.

Teaching responsibilities for this position include teaching upper-division courses in our Writing in the Disciplines (WID) and Writing in the Professions (WIP) course series, as well as courses in our professional writing minor and anticipated professional writing major. The ideal candidate will have experience in fostering inclusive, stimulating, and effective learning environments and demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice in higher education.

Faculty members in the Professor of Teaching series are expected to maintain a continuous and current command of their area(s) of expertise and to pursue an agenda of scholarly engagement. The ideal candidate will demonstrate scholarly engagement through peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and/or research reports that contribute to the campus’s teaching and learning mission. Preferred areas of expertise and research include (but are not limited to) justice-oriented approaches to STEM writing, anti-racist writing pedagogies and assessment practices, engineering and environmental justice, intercultural communication in science and engineering, collaboration practices of engineers and/or scientists, writing in the disciplines, and writing across the curriculum.

Finally, faculty in this position will provide broad intellectual leadership in the University Writing Program; work across STEM disciplines to form and grow campus and community partnerships, particularly with the College of Engineering around writing-focused initiatives; and contribute to curriculum design and provide mentoring/support of faculty teaching STEM writing courses, particularly engineering writing.

Qualifications
Applicants must have a PhD (completed or near completed) in Technical Communication, Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, or an appropriate related field. Additional qualifications include evidence of excellence in the teaching of writing at the undergraduate level. Preferred qualifications include expertise in engineering writing/communication, science writing, and technical communication and a strong record of teaching in these areas. Preferred qualifications also include experience developing campus and community partnerships and contributing to curriculum design and faculty development.

Teaching Context
The UWP is committed to teaching a linguistically and culturally diverse student body and to hiring faculty who reflect that diversity. This commitment is of particular importance as UC Davis moves toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. The UWP offers a professional writing minor as well as an award-winning Writing in the Disciplines (WID) and Writing in the Professions (WIP) course series that fulfills an upper-division writing requirement at UC Davis. Our new colleague would teach courses in the 102 and 104 series, such as UWP 102E Writing in Engineering, UWP 104E Writing in Science, and UWP 104T Technical Writing. Our new colleague would also have opportunities to teach courses in the professional writing minor and anticipated professional writing major, as well as courses in their areas of specialization.

About the University Writing Program at Davis
The successful candidate will join an independent writing program with an established emphasis on writing in the disciplines and professions, as well as a diverse student population. UC Davis has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its "stellar" program of writing in the disciplines. In addition, UC Davis has a long-established Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program and is in the process of opening a new Writing Center. The UWP publishes the journal Writing on the Edge and the undergraduate annual Prized Writing. We enjoy the support of Davis’s renowned programs in the sciences, environmental studies, agriculture, and engineering, plus close ties with the arts, the humanities, and the School of Education. Located in Northern California’s Central Valley, adjacent to Sacramento and within easy driving distance of the Bay Area and the Sierras, UC Davis offers a superb, diverse environment for teaching and research.

Websites: www.ucdavis.edu, writing.ucdavis.edu, and diversity.ucdavis.edu/join-us

To apply, please submit the following materials through the online application form
https://recruit.ucdavis.edu:
● Cover Letter
● Curriculum Vitae
● Statement of Teaching Philosophy
● Teaching Portfolio (Optional. Teaching Portfolio may be requested at a later phase in the process)
● Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
● A Writing Sample (Optional. A writing sample may be requested at a later phase in the process.)
● 3 Letters of Recommendation
● Reference Check

Reference Check Information
https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/recruitments-and-removals/reference-checks
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (completed or near completed) in Technical Communication, Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, or an appropriate related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Evidence of excellence in the teaching of writing at the undergraduate level.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred qualifications include expertise in engineering writing/communication, science writing, and technical communication and a strong record of teaching in these areas. Preferred qualifications also include experience developing campus and community partnerships and contributing to curriculum design and faculty development.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - 2-page cover letter describing your work

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

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Teaching Portfolio - May be requested at a later phase in the process. Teaching portfolio includes sample syllabi and course materials.
    (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Writing Sample - A writing sample may be requested at a later phase in the process.
    (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:
    https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05283

Help contact: vahigbysweeney@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

DAVIS, CA