Writing Program Postdoctoral Position

Writing Program Postdoctoral Position - POSITION FILLED
Department:  Colby Writing Program
Date:  11/15/2016


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Colby Writing Program

Full-Time, 12-Month, Temporary (Two-Year), Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment


The Colby Writing Program is pleased to announce a search for a two-year postdoctoral position to support the Writing Program and a new Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) initiative to develop upper-level writing in the majors. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of the Writing Program on departmental WEC projects, data analysis, and assessment work. There will also be opportunity to teach courses and continue to develop a research agenda in the candidate’s area of academic 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.

  • Work with the Writing Program Director and disciplinary faculty to support the development, implementation and assessment of departmental writing plans and the Writing-Enriched Curriculum initiative
  • Teach at least one course per year in first-year writing
  • Develop or continue an ongoing research agenda
  • Collaborate with the Colby Writing Program Director and Farnham Writers’ Center Director to support ongoing programs and create new initiatives as appropriate
  • Participate in the first-year writing assessment initiative
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Ph.D. or advanced ABD in a relevant discipline (e.g., Rhetoric and/or Composition Studies, English, Writing Studies) required
  • Teaching experience in college-level writing, composition studies, and/or rhetoric required
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty across disciplines
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods in composition and rhetoric
  • Knowledge of composition/writing studies scholarship and pedagogies
  • Ability to work as a member of a diverse community


This position reports through academic affairs and the Office of the Provost reporting directly to the Director of the Writing Program. This position will work closely with the Writing Program, Farnham Writers’ Center Directors, as well as other faculty, staff, and students.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, CV, writing sample and a short teaching philosophy statement, (these can be submitted as one or two documents). Also include the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:


Writing Program Postdoctoral Position - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with a goal of interviewing candidates via Skype in February and bringing selected finalists to campus in March. The desired position start date is July 1, 2017.

If you experience difficulty uploading your documents, you may submit any .doc or .pdf materials to hr@colby.edu. Please do not submit duplicate materials.

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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