Paul Kei Matsuda

Job Opening

Lecturer III Posting – January 2013

The Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan seeks applicants with a Ph.D. for two 100% LEO Lecturer III positions (pending approval) to begin September 1, 2013. These are renewable non-tenure track positions with an expected initial contract of four years. Full-time load is three courses per semester or the equivalent in other duties.

A center for research as well as teaching, the Sweetland Center for Writing offers a collegial environment of professionals who share a commitment to writing instruction and to increasing knowledge about writing and learning.

Instructional duties will focus on teaching and developing writing courses for undergraduate multilingual students and working one-on-one with multilingual students in Sweetland's Writing Workshop.

Administrative responsibilities include curriculum development, professional development for faculty across the College, writing placement advising, outreach to units that work with international students, and service on departmental committees.

Candidates should have a record of successful teaching of writing for multilingual students, as well as theoretical grounding in composition and rhetoric with an emphasis on multilingual writing. Areas of specialization may include World Englishes, English for specific purposes, English language learners, and similar fields. Also desirable is experience in one or more of the following areas: writing across the curriculum and/or writing in the disciplines; first-year writing; writing center pedagogies; and digital literacies. Excellence in teaching and instructional service will be the principal criteria used to select the successful candidates.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to select from a variety of other administrative and research areas. They can join ongoing, funded research projects to study the factors that contribute to continued academic success for multilingual writers and transfer students, electronic portfolio use in transitional and upper-level writing contexts, and longitudinal studies of student writers.

Terms and conditions of employment for this position may be subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers' Employee Organization. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a letter of application, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., teaching evaluations), and three letters of reference to Professor Anne Ruggles Gere, Sweetland Center for Writing, 1310 North Quad, 105 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285. Application deadline is February 15, 2013.

CFP WSRL Conference 2013




October 25-26, 2013

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT


2013 Conference Theme:  Material Rhetorics


Keynote Speaker:  Marilyn Cooper

Michigan Technological University

"Rhetorical Being"


For the 2013 Western States and Literacy Conference, we turn our attention to the field's ongoing exploration of rhetoric and literacy as material practices. In addition to traditional understandings of rhetoric and literacy as symbolic activity between human actors, the field has begun to consider human and nonhuman bodies, animality, technology, and matter not simply as backdrops for human activity but as contributors to persuasion, communication, and pedagogy. This recent turn is not without precedent or current relevance: Gorgias demonstrated the ways language shapes our understanding of nature; Plato discussed rhetoric amongst the sound of cicadas; Demosthenes trained with a mouthful of pebbles; Quintilian attended to clothing in his pedagogy; Erasmus tailored his writing process in response to the then emerging effects of the printing press, and Wollstonecraft forged the relationship between the material conditions of women and the ways women were instructed and talked about. Today, we can look no further than global digital networks and the effects of climate change as evidence that the material is at least an equal player in a vastly expanded notion of a public. In all, the suasive effects of the material subtend the histories, theories, and practices of rhetoric and writing through which we learn and communicate.


We invite proposals that grapple with these ongoing disciplinary questions of materiality informing our histories, theories, and practices in our pedagogies and research.  Of particular interest are presentations that encourage audience participation and discussion, and contribute closely to the conference theme of material rhetorics and to questions concerning aspects of the following:


• Material Theories of Rhetoric & Writing     • Pedagogy as Material Practice

• Rhetoric of the Body                                   • Digital & Networked Technologies

• Object-Oriented Inquiry                               • Nature, Animality, and Materiality


Please submit:

  A cover page that includes the title, speaker/s, address/es, email/s, and phone number/s, along with a brief 25-50 word description of your presentation

  4 copies of a one-page abstract identifying the format of the presentation as: 

(a) 20 minute paper (or a 90-minute panel limited to 3 speakers including time for discussion)

(b) 90 minute round-table (focused discussion encouraging audience participation)


Proposals must be postmarked or sent via email by Friday, March, 22, 2013.  Send to:




For more information about the conference contact: 

                                    Maureen Mathison                                           Peter Goggin     

                                    University of Utah                                     Arizona State University     


                                    (801) 581-7090                                         (480) 965-7748    


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