Applying to Teach in the UWP
NOTE: The application period for 2013-14 will open up TBA during the Fall 2012 semester.
At a date TBA the Undergraduate Writing Program will begin soliciting applications from graduate students interested in teaching University Writing, Columbia's required first-year writing course. Note: On average, we receive over one hundred applications for fewer than ten positions per year.
Information Meeting for SoA Graduate Students
A representative from the program will speak about how to apply and what the program involves, and will take questions from students.
Graduate students in the following categories are eligible to apply:
- Students in Arts and Sciences Ph.D. programs who will be entering at least their third year of study and at most their seventh year of study in the fall of 2013.
- Students in the Writing, Film, or Theatre Divisions of the School of the Arts who are pursuing M.F.A. degrees and will be entering their second or third years of study in the fall of 2013.
Note for Ph.D. Students in English and Comparative Literature
Ph.D. students in the Department of English and Comparative Literature normally begin teaching in the Undergraduate Writing Program in their third year of study. These students need not apply for positions.
Appointments are for two years, with one exception. Instructors who will begin teaching in their seventh year of graduate study will be appointed for one year only.
In the first year, most instructors teach one section of University Writing per semester. However, some instructors—especially advanced Ph.D. students in disciplines other than English—may be assigned to serve as consultants in our writing center. In the second year, instructors either teach one section of University Writing per semester or serve as writing consultants in our writing center.
These appointments will carry a stipend of at least $23,500 ['12-'13 figure]. Additional benefits involving tuition and fees vary, and will be described in individual offer letters.
Training and Development
All incoming instructors are required to take a preparatory seminar, Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice (English G6913), in the spring of 2013. All instructors are expected to participate in ongoing staff development activities, which currently include small-group staff meetings and semesterly orientations.
Application Procedure and Deadline
To apply, please submit the following materials in hard copy to Dr. Nicole B. Wallack, Director, Undergraduate Writing Program, 310 Philosophy Hall, by TBA:
- Application cover sheet (available through the link below)
- Letter of application describing your teaching philosophy, interest in teaching writing, and relevant experience
- Names of at least two Columbia faculty whom we can contact as references
For first-year SoA students only: instead of listing two Columbia faculty as references, you have the option of replacing one of the two Columbia faculty with a non-Columbia person. If you do choose an outside referent, we request that you have that person send in a recommendation letter/email for you immediately. If a letter, have it sent to the above address; if an email, have it sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for receiving these outside references is TBA.
- An essay you have written for academic purposes that demonstrates your ability to work with sources to construct an argument of your own. (This sample should be no longer than 10 pages. If you wish, you may submit 10 pages of a longer paper.)
Please submit these materials in a file folder (preferably a 3-tab one) with your name and department clearly printed or typed on the tab.
The selection committee will then make an initial decision by TBA, and those selected to continue will be asked to provide the following by TBA:
Comments on a sample student paper that we provide, below.
We will conduct half-hour interviews with selected applicants from TBA, and announce appointments before the end of the calendar year.
Links below are for the 2012-13 academic year. They are left on-line for your reference. They may or not be a part of the 2013-14 application.