Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Writing Studies (WRIT 201) Writing & Research

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7196879 (Ref.No. 4814665)
Posted: November 29, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Nov 22, 2023
Deadline: Dec 06, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Position Description

The Writing Studies Program seeks an adjunct faculty member to teach:

Writing Studies 201, Writing and Research, in Spring 2024

Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-2:35PM

This course will be taught in-person, on campus.

In addition to teaching, instructors in the Writing Studies Program are expected to hold regular office hours (a minimum of three hours a week) in order to provide students with support outside of the classroom. Instructors are also expected to participate in faculty development including workshops, class observations, and syllabus collaboration. Course design must follow the program's curricular guidelines detailed in the writing studies faculty handbook.

Course Description

In this course, students further develop information evaluation and research practices and the rhetorical and critical thinking skills needed to structure complex arguments. In addition, students practice evaluating sources, exploring arguments through library research, and conducting research. This course prepares students for the Writing in the Disciplines courses in their major and requires the completion of at least 4,000 words of graded formal writing, and an additional 1,000 words of informal writing practice.


  • Internal applicants (BUFM) must have at least one year of experience teaching first-year writing as the instructor of record at SMC or equivalent courses at an accredited institution.

  • Outside applicants (non-BUFM) must submit a CV that includes reference to completed graduate coursework in Rhetoric and Writing, course evaluations from a first-year writing course, a sample syllabus of a first-year writing course, and any other evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants may be requested to submit additional materials. Experience must be within the last five years. Applicants must have an MA in Rhetoric and Composition, PhD in English, MFA in Creative Writing, or a similarly-defined field.


  • PhD in Rhetoric and Composition

Applicants must reside in California.

The salary range for this position is $7,447 -$10,308 dependent on qualifications. The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

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