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The Undergraduate Writing Program

Applying to teach in the UWP for the 2022-2023 academic year

During the academic year 2021-22, the Undergraduate Writing Program (UWP) will hold two separate periods for graduate students to apply to teach University Writing, Columbia’s required first-year writing course.

  • MFA students from the School of the Arts are eligible to apply in fall 2021 for fellowships beginning in fall 2022.

  • Doctoral students from GSAS departments outside of English and Comparative Literature are eligible to apply in spring 2022 for fellowships beginning in fall 2022. 

Information for School of the Arts students

On Friday, October 22, 2021, program adminstrators presented an information session for applicants from the School of the Arts. You may view the Zoom recording of that session here (Columbia login required):

 

Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST: Applications due

Email in one pdf file the following application materials in this order:

  1. Application cover sheet; attached on the right side of this webpage.
  2. Letter of application addressed to the hiring committee that foregrounds your teaching philosophy, interest in teaching writing, relevant experience, and any diversity that you would bring to the program. To see a list of our themed offerings and links to course descriptions, please visit the UWP homepage.
  3. C.V.
  4. An academic essay you have written that works with sources. You are welcome to revise your essay for this application. Your submission should be no longer than 10 pages. If you wish, you may submit 10 pages of a longer piece.

Use the subject line: "UWP 2022-23 Application.”  

Please send your completed application to jrs9@columbia.edu.

 

Additional Information for GSAS doctoral students:

Eligibility

Current 5th-year PhD students across the humanities and social sciences departments in Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply. 

PhD students earlier than year 5 must speak with their Director of Graduate Studies before applying.

Terms

  • Appointments are made for a full academic year.
  • Instructors teach one section of University Writing per semester.
  • These appointments will carry a combined stipend and salary that matches the standard compensation for GSAS teaching fellows. In addition, instructors will also receive a full tuition fellowship as well as a fellowship to cover the health fee, the student health insurance premium, the facilities fee, and, if applicable, the international fee.

Training and Development

All incoming GSAS instructors hired in spring 2022 are required to take a preparatory seminar, Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice (English G6913), in August prior to teaching.  The seminar will meet in person from 10am-2pm, Mondays-Fridays, from 8/15 to 8/26/22.  All instructors are expected to participate in ongoing staff development activities, which include small-group staff meetings and semesterly orientations.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Email as one file the first four application materials in pdf format by Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 5pm, EST:

  1. Application cover sheet; attached on the right side of this webpage.
  2. Letter of application addressed to the hiring committee that foregrounds your teaching philosophy, interest in teaching writing, relevant experience, and any diversity that you would bring to the program. If you have already applied to teach in other parts of the Core for next year, please indicate which courses. To see a list of our themed offerings and links to course descriptions, please visit the UWP homepage.
  3. C.V.
  4. An academic essay that you have written.  This sample should be no longer than 10 pages. If you wish, you may submit 10 pages of a longer paper.
  5. You will need one letter of reference from your sponsor or DGS that speaks to your pedagogical abilities, your command of writing, and your ability to meet stated deadlines. Recommenders should email their letters by February 1 to uwp-ref@columbia.edu by TBA.

Your application should be sent as one file, with items 1 - 4 included in that order.  

Use the subject line: "UWP 2022-23 Application.”  

Please send your completed application to jrs9@columbia.edu.