University of California, Merced

Merritt Writing Program Director and Writing Studies Faculty

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) seeks a Director of the Merritt Writing Program, with an associated tenured appointment in Writing Studies. This position is faculty administrative, with primary responsibilities for program management as well as strategic vision. The administrative appointment will be part of SSHA with a five-year comprehensive review process. A successful candidate should have significant experience in writing program administration, professional activity in writing studies, a tangible commitment to diversity, experience with student-centered pedagogy and assessment, a strong record of teaching and mentorship, and interest and/or experience with grants and budgets. Associated scholarly activity is inclusive of subfields within Writing Studies; the faculty appointment is located with the Global Arts, Media and Writing Studies department. Depending on qualifications, this tenured appointment could be at the associate or full professor‐level (with teaching or research in emphasis). Our interdisciplinary department and programmatic context offer significant opportunities to continue to develop a distinctive, high‐quality and comprehensive academic program.

Priorities for this hire include:

  • A strong record of maintaining writing studies as an academic program, particularly in mentorship and leadership
  • A commitment to developing a comprehensive writing program and associated academic planning
  • Experience with course and program assessment
  • Demonstrable interest in obtaining external funding

Those with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. UC Merced is a Hispanic‐Serving Institution with a high proportion of first‐in‐family undergraduate students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable
and diverse scholarly environment. In order to be considered, candidates must have a terminal degree (EdD, MFA or PhD) in Rhetoric, Composition, or a relevant field by the position start date; comprehensive related administrative experience for at least two years, at least five years of effective and related teaching experience; and two writing samples.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

For additional information, please contact Anne Zanzucchi ( and Jayson Beaster-Jones (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020.

Contact Information

Anne Zanzucchi, Search Committee Chair and Associate Teaching Professor, Writing Studies
Global Arts, Media and Writing Studies
University of California Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Contact Phone: 
(209) 217-7228
Contact e-mail: