Writing Program-Postdoctoral Fellow

Writing Program-Postdoctoral Fellow
Date:  03/19/2020

Colby Writing Program Postdoctoral Position

We seek a two-year postdoctoral fellow to become an integral member of the Colby Writing Program and its Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) initiative for upper-level writing in the majors. The successful candidate will teach in a WAC-based Writing Program and work closely with the Director on departmental WEC projects, data analysis, and faculty development. There will also be an opportunity to develop new courses and continue to advance a research agenda in the candidate’s area of expertise. Candidates with teaching experience in writing and rhetoric and a Ph.D. or advanced ABD status in a Ph.D. program in a relevant field (e.g., English, Composition/Rhetoric, Writing Studies) are invited to apply.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

For this position, we seek a Ph.D. or advanced ABD in a relevant discipline with teaching experience in college-level writing, composition studies, and/or rhetoric; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty across disciplines; experience with research methods in composition and rhetoric; knowledge of composition/writing studies scholarship and pedagogies; and the ability to work as a member of a diverse community.

The successful candidate will work with the Director and disciplinary faculty to support the development, implementation and assessment of departmental WEC writing plans; teach two first-year writing courses annually, with the option to propose and teach an additional course in an area of interest; support campus writing assessment; and collaborate with Colby Writing Program and Farnham Writers’ Center Directors to plan and facilitate pedagogy workshops, ongoing programs, and new initiatives.

To apply, please submit an application through Interfolio at:


Include cover letter, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusive teaching, and a brief statement of research interests. Please also include a representative sample of current scholarship and summaries of recent teaching evaluations.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with a goal of interviewing candidates via Zoom by early April and having finalists give presentations and complete second-round interviews by mid-May. Position starts September 1, 2020.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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