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Writing is a central component of GW’s General Education Curriculum, which requires that all undergraduates must complete 4.0 credit hours of a First Year Writing seminar (UW 1020) and at least 6.0 credit hours across Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses. The University Writing Program interacts with nearly every one of the university’s 3,000 first year students. In addition to hundreds of writing courses, the program organizes events and workshops, compiles writing guidance for the campus community and manages the GW Writing Center.

The program also brings together an interdisciplinary faculty from across the university, with specialties in humanities, STEM fields, international relations, business and more. Faculty have been widely published and have received prestigious awards and fellowships from institutions including the National Science Foundation, the Black Film/Archive Center at Indiana University, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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GW Writing Requirement Overview

GW’s writing requirement is built on the principle that intensive writing instruction carried out over multiple terms enhances learning and builds writing skills and practices for the long term. Building skill in writing is not something that should be completed as fast as possible. The University Writing Program recommends an intentional, sequential order of classes: UW 1020 in the first year, one WID course in the sophomore year and one WID course in the junior year.



University Writing Program Faculty Search


Teaching Assistant Professor of Writing, with a specialty in Anti-Racist Pedagogy 

(Full-time, non-tenure faculty position)

We seek applicants for a specialized faculty position at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor (non-tenure accruing), from any disciplinary background and/or work experience in anti-racist work (including non-profit experience) to begin as early as Fall 2022. We invite candidates with a clear commitment to multiple ways of knowledge production, as well as a profound commitment to the stewardship of equity and inclusion. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. 

The University Writing Program (UWP) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. is made up of multidisciplinary faculty and community activists. UWP faculty are striving to create an equitable environment for our students and ourselves through groups such as  the UWP Anti-Racism Committee, a university seminar in Black Girls and Women’s Health Research Collective and Praxis, and a STEM writing seminar. We invite a candidate who can co-create this vision with us. 

Specialized Faculty appointments at GW feature a competitive salary and benefits, as well as access to promotion. In the UWP, these positions carry teaching and service expectations, in that order of priority. The standard teaching load is 4/3. The initial contract period will be three years, and is renewable following a successful reappointment process.

We seek someone with research or other experience in the kinds of writing engaged in by students from the diverse backgrounds GW is increasingly recruiting and attracting:  students from under-represented ethnic and racial backgrounds, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and first-generation college students. A researcher, advocate or activist would bring to us knowledge of the action-oriented field of anti-racist scholarship on the writing of these different student populations and the ways faculty can support their academic work in what is often a stressful transition to college writing. 

The successful candidate will contribute to our First Year Writing division by regularly teaching the required first-year introduction to academic writing and research courses (UW 1020). This writing and research course is theme-based; each faculty member develops their own topic and writing assignments. We are interested in writing course themes that examine the historical roots of anti-racist literature, advance cultural engagement through a focus on rhetoric and writing, cultivate a deep understanding of the ideas and practice of social and linguistic justice, and teach understanding and use of critical, decolonizing pedagogies, approaches and theories, including intersectionality. 

GW is a major research university, serving approximately 26,000 graduate and undergraduate students across multiple campuses in and around the nation’s capital. The UWP is one of the largest and most active academic units at GW, encompassing three divisions -- First Year Writing, Writing in the Disciplines, and the Writing Center. UWP professors collaborate with these three divisions. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree completed by date of appointment (specialization is open); 
  • Experience and/or training in antiracism pedagogies rooted in scholar-activism and/or community engagement, broadly defined.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload:

  • an application letter under “Cover Letter”, 
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogy under “Statement of Teaching Interest,” which includes your approach to anti-racist work, 
  • a C.V., and 
  • contact information for three references 
  • For candidates who reach the initial interview stage, three recommendation letters will be requested.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Review of applications will begin on January 19, 2022. Only complete applications will be considered.

Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Carol Hayes, Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected].