New Book from Inkshed Publications

Cover of Crossborder Networks in Writing StudiesCross-Border Networks in Writing Studies. Derek Mueller, Andrea Williams, Louise Wetherby Phelps, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon. 2017. Published in association with Parlour Press. Available from and in March 2017. Available through Amazon.comParlour Press, or by emailing Roger Graves (if you are in Canada and want to avoid duty costs)

CROSS-BORDER NETWORKS IN WRITING STUDIES coordinates mixed methods approaches to survey, interview, and case study data to study Canadian writing studies scholars. The authors argue for networked disciplinarity, the notion that ideas arise and flow through intellectual networks that connect scholars not only to one another but to widening networks of human and nonhuman actors. Although the Canadian field is historically rooted in the themes of location and national culture, expressing a tension between Canadian independence and dependence on the US field, more recent research suggests a more hybridized North American scholarship rather than one defined in opposition to “rhetoric and composition” in the US. In tracing identities, roles, and rituals of nationally bound considerations of how disciplinarity has been constructed through distant and close methods, this multi-scaled, multi-scopic approach examines the texture of interdependent constructions of the Canadian discipline.​

SFU 3-year position: Deadline Mar. 20

The SFU Student Learning Commons is looking for a Writing Services Associate. This is a full-time, 3-year term position. The successful candidate is responsible for coordinating writing workshops and associated services, primarily for undergraduate students. Most of our writing workshops are classroom-integrated, and many of those support SFU’s writing-in-the-disciplines requirement. The Writing Associate also works with the Writing Services Coordinator.
To access the Job Description and Job Details, go to SFU’s Human Resources page for APSA postings and scroll down to WRITING SERVICES ASSOCIATE II, GRADE 8 – Competition #120.” The Job Details PDF has application instructions at the bottom.
The application deadline is Monday March 20. If you have any questions about this position, Amanda Goldrick-Jones (Writing Services Coordinator in the SFU Student Learning Commons), encourages you to get in touch with her: / 778-782-9382.

Acting Director, Writing Centre at University College, U of T

University College at the University of Toronto invites applications for a one year, part-time (40%) appointment as the Acting Director of the University College Writing Centre (UCWC). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and will commence on July 1, 2017, ending on June 30, 2018.

The University College Writing Centre offers one-on-one writing assistance to UC students and to students in UC programs. It also offers skills workshops on various aspects of writing and supports writing development in UC programs. The Acting Director of the Writing Centre will provide academic administration of the centre and also undertake direct writing instruction.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending the following to a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a list of three referees, and relevant materials related to the teaching of writing. To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be received by Tuesday 21 March, 2017.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment or equivalent professional, creative, or instructional experience in a relevant field and have demonstrated excellence in teaching and pedagogy. Experience in university level writing instruction is required; experience teaching in a writing centre and administrative experience are considered assets. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through a teaching dossier submitted as part of the application and contact with referees. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Duties of the Acting Director include, but are not limited to, providing academic administrative leadership for the UCWC; forming and leading a team of writing instructors; collaborating with UC program directors and instructors on assignment design and the delivery of writing instruction in UC program courses; and collaborating with other writing centre directors on the delivery of group workshops and other common initiatives.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto have both a collegiate and departmental structure. University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of over 4600 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world. In addition to the Canadian Studies Program, University College sponsors two other interdisciplinary undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and the Mark S. Bonham  Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

Writing Specialist Position, University of Toronto Mississauga

The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga is hiring a Writing Specialist. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, and will begin July 1, 2017. Applications are due November 30, 2016.

Full details are available online here: Tyler Evans-Tokaryk, Director of the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, invites potential applicants to contact him with any questions: Phone 905-569-4408, Email

Call for CWCA Conference (due Jan. 10)

The Call for Proposals for the Canadian Writing Centres Association 2016 conference (Calgary, Alberta, May 26 and 27, 2016) has been posted on a handsome new conference website at The deadline for submission is January 10, 2016. Travel funding for a limited number of presenters will be available. More information will be added to the website as available.

UBC: 12-month Lecturer position (due Feb. 1)
Arts Studies in Research and Writing (Twelve-Month Lecturer)

The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a 12-month lecturer position in Arts Studies in Research and Writing (ASRW) in the Faculty of Arts ( This position may be filled as either a part-time or full-time appointment (75% – 100%) and normally with an anticipated start date of July 1 or September 1, 2016, depending on course scheduling.

Arts Studies in Research and Writing is a unit specializing in the study and teaching of research and writing. ASRW courses introduce Faculty of Arts students to the discursive practices of social science and humanities disciplines. The successful candidate will work closely with other ASRW faculty to support student participation in research activities (e.g., student conferences), and s/he may be asked to contribute to other ASRW initiatives and to the further development of curriculum for undergraduate research writing. The ASRW Lecturer can expect to teach several sections of ASRW courses: WRDS 150 (Research and Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences) and ASTU 400A (Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts: Knowledge-Making), with the possibility of teaching a course in another unit in the Faculty of Arts.

Applicants will have a doctorate in a relevant field, including writing and discourse studies, composition, rhetoric, applied linguistics, language and literacy studies, or equivalent experience teaching academic writing in university environments in a way that is informed by current theories in writing pedagogy. Evidence of teaching excellence is required. Evidence of successful team building, collaboration, and curriculum development is an asset, as is a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

This position is a one-year appointment without review (non-tenure track), with the possibility of renewal on a yearly basis subject to availability of funds, excellence in performance, and in accordance with UBC policies. A full-time 12-Month Lecturer is expected to carry a teaching load of 24 credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) plus service; however, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted where additional administrative responsibilities are assigned by the Chair. It is expected that teaching assignments will be distributed across the 12-month period of appointment to include scheduling in the summer session, if possible.

The following application materials must be sent electronically (as separate Word or .pdf files, using this file naming convention: LASTNAME, Firstname_Cover; LASTNAME, Firstname_CV; etc.) by email to the following address: by noon on the application deadline: February 1, 2016.

(1) a cover letter indicating your suitability for the position,
(2) curriculum vitae, including a list of all post-secondary courses taught, indicating credit value of each,
(3) a teaching dossier including,
(a) statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages max.),
(b) evidence of teaching effectiveness and success in post-secondary teaching of writing (e.g., student evaluations of teaching or reports of peer review of teaching if available), and
(c) sample syllabus for WRDS 150 and if applicable for other writing & discourse studies courses taught

Applicants should also arrange to have three 3 confidential letters of reference sent by their referees to the same email address noted above by the stated deadline.

The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will, however, be given priority.