The Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes applications for a non-tenure stream visiting lecturer teaching position. Position appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. It is a full-time position teaching three courses per term, and they do not include summer teaching. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by Sept. 1, 2021.
The minimum basic qualification is an advanced degree (MFA or PhD) in English or a related field. The Literature program invites applications for Visiting Lecturer positions open to candidates who are robust generalists with an ability to teach a range of genres at the introductory level. We prize candidates who can design syllabuses that are centered on an intellectual problem, a critical question, or an important theme that draws out key features and conventions of literary texts and also encourages students to connect these issues to their own intellectual life. We look for dynamic and creative course design and innovative assignments and evidence of adaptability to changing curricular needs. Curricular needs may include courses in Children's literature; courses that bring together digital narrative, gaming, and literature; and courses that are based on considerations of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity.
Teaching Load: 3/3 plus committee or supervisory assignment
Applications should include:
- Cover letter of 1-2 pp. addressed to Gayle Rogers, Chair. Include a description of your teaching experience.
- Current CV and a list of courses taught at Pitt and elsewhere.
- Teaching Portfolio: It should include sample materials to represent three recent distinct teaching experiences. Applicants who have been the instructor of record for courses should include syllabi, sample assignments, grade rosters, and student evaluations. Applicants who have largely taught as Teaching Assistants should include syllabi, information on the applicant’s contributions to the course, and evidence of effective teaching (student evaluations, comment sheets, and/or letters from course instructors). Applicants who have taught in Writing Centers or in similar teaching environments should include instructional materials and evidence of effective teaching.
- One-to-two-page diversity statement, in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
- The contact information for two individuals—full name, title, and email—who can be contacted by a member of the hiring committee or the Assistant to the Chair, to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf should you be named a finalist.
Applicants will be judged on the basis of teaching excellence, experience with curricular supervision and design, and the fit of teaching experience to department needs. The selection committee consists of the four program directors, the four directors of undergraduate studies, the Chair, and the director of the Writing Institute. When this committee evaluates applications, they will do so in the spirit and norms captured by the department’s statement on the evaluation of teaching.
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.
For information or questions, contact: University of Pittsburgh Department of English, 526 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412-624-6509 | Sarah Baumann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
Assignment Category Full-time regular
Required Attachments Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, Teaching Statement, Teaching Evaluations, Sample Syllabi, Other (see posting for additional details)