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Job: Academic and Technical Writing – Assistant Professor (Continuing Appointment), University of Victoria (Deadline: 13 January 2022)

The Academic and Technical Writing Program at the University of Victoria invites applications for a continuing-appointment eligible position at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor to commence 1 July 2022. The successful candidate will be appointed into the Faculty of Humanities.

The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:

  • To teach courses that fulfill or are closely allied with the University’s Academic Writing Requirement (AWR) – ATWP 101 (Fundamentals of Academic Literacy), ATWP 135 (Academic Reading and Writing), ENGR 110 (Design and Communication 1), ENGR 120 (Design and Communication 2), and/or ENGR 240 (Technical Writing) – and other courses as program/teaching needs evolve and as assigned by the program Director;
  • To work with a team of instructors and faculty to develop and deliver new Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course offerings;
  • To help support the professional development and training of new instructors, including graduate students.

Further information about the University’s Academic Writing Requirement can be found on the ATWP website.

Normally, the teaching assignment for an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Humanities is 7 courses per academic year (which may be distributed on a 3-3-1 schedule).


The successful candidate must have:

  • An advanced degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant field (such as Writing Studies, Rhetoric, Composition, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Linguistics, or English);
  • Demonstrated experience teaching university and/or college writing, especially at the first- and/or the second-year level;
  • Interest in teaching technical writing as well as other WID courses;
  • Demonstrated interest in and evidence of engagement with research in areas related to Writing Studies, Rhetoric, Composition, and/or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently within a complex program;
  • Demonstrated evidence of service, particularly in the form of curriculum development and instructor training;
  • Experience with or evidence of potential for administrative and/or academic leadership;
  • Interest in ongoing learning and professional development in the field of Academic and/or Technical Writing.

The following will be considered assets:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching technical writing at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated teaching experience with Indigenous students and/or research interest in Indigenous pedagogies;
  • Demonstrated teaching experience with and/or research interest in student writers for whom English is an Additional Language;
  • Demonstrated research interest in anti-racist pedagogies;
  • Published research in Writing Studies or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience with teaching online and/or hybrid courses;
  • Experience working as a professional or technical writer.

Additional information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

The University of Victoria campus is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples and we are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, customs and culture. We are committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of a Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association:

In accordance with the Collective Agreement, where an Assistant Teaching Professor meets the specified performance standards there is a normal expectation of Reappointment. An Assistant Teaching Professor may apply for Promotion to Associate Teaching Professor at the time of second Reappointment or in any year thereafter.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Contact information

To be considered, please send the following materials:

  • An application letter of no more than two single-spaced pages that:
  • addresses the full scope of the job requirements (explaining your interest in the position, relevant experience and skills, and approach to writing pedagogy;
  • indicates clearly your current legal status to work in Canada as one of the following: Canadian citizen, Canadian permanent resident, Canadian work permit holder, or person eligible to become a Canadian permanent resident.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • The names of three references who are willing to provide letters of support for this application.
  • A curated and organized teaching dossier totalling no more than 25 pages comprised of:
  • A 1- to 2-page statement on your philosophy for teaching writing that includes discussion of efforts to support diversity and accessibility in the classroom;
  • A selection of documents that exemplify claims made in the teaching philosophy statement and offer evidence of helping students grow as writers in academic and/or technical writing classes. These documents may take the form of course outlines, assignment prompts, and/or other teaching materials as well as course evaluation data, teaching observations, and/or student testimonials.

Send all materials as email attachments to Please use the subject line ATWP-ATP application materials.

For further information, please contact

Dr. Erin E. Kelly, Director
Academic and Technical Writing Program
University of Victoria

Telephone: 250-853-3738

Application deadline

To be considered, all materials must be received no later than 13 January 2022.

Long-listed candidates will be asked to have their three references send confidential letters of support of this application in February 2022. Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, short-listed applicants may be required to conduct interviews either in person or remotely. 

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

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