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Faculty Positions

Part-Time and Temporary Lecturers

The San Diego State University Department of Rhetoric & Writing Studies maintains an  open "pool" of applications for temporary faculty positions and reviews this pool on an  as-needed basis to identify qualified applicants for available instructional work.  

We welcome applications from prospective temporary faculty with expertise or  experience in the following areas: rhetoric and writing studies, including first-year  composition, technical communication, professional writing, and business writing.  

Temporary appointments may be either full or part-time. Initial appointments are  typically one semester or one academic year, to be renewed contingent on satisfactory  evaluations and continuing availability of work. Applications will remain in our applicant  pool during the academic year you apply, meaning we are currently accepting  applications to the pool and will purge the files April 30, 2023.  


  • Graduate degree in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Composition, Professional and/or  Technical Communication, or English  
  • University teaching experience  
  • Demonstrated currency in subject matter  
  • Demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively  with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups*    

*Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight SDSU Building on Inclusive  Excellence (BIE) criteria:

  1. are committed to engaging in service with  underrepresented populations within the discipline,
  2. have demonstrated knowledge of  barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
  3. have  experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring  underrepresented students,
  4. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to  integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into  research,
  5. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending  knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
  6. have experience in or have demonstrated  commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
  7. have  expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural  communication and collaboration, and/or have research interests that contribute to  diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Please indicate in your cover letter  how you meet at least two or more of these criteria. 

Application Procedures  

Prospective temporary faculty who would like their applications on file are invited to send the following items via the Interfolio below:

  • A letter of application, including an articulation of how you meet at least two Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria]  
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Syllabus from their most recent first-year composition course
  • Major writing assignment from their most recent first-year composition course
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references
  • Optional: Student evaluations and letters of recommendation 

Apply via Interfolio

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the  California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the  requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed  satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to  satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of  applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the  position.  

San Diego State University is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not  discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual  orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability,  pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.