Warren Writing Program Instructors and Faculty

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Almost all Warren Writing 10A and 10B courses are taught by experienced and specially trained current UCSD graduate students. Some courses may be taught by former graduate students. Our Program Director also teaches one course per quarter.

Warren Writing 100 courses are taught by lecturers and the program Assistant Director.

Prospective IAs

The Warren College Writing Program welcomes graduate student applications from all departments of the university, including the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Our appointments are for year-long (and usually renewable) teaching positions. Successful applicants learn how to teach students to write and read academic arguments. The purpose of the Warren Writing sequence is to enable undergraduate students, through intensive practice, to read and write academic arguments in preparation for their work in various academic disciplines.

All students in Warren College must complete a two-course writing requirement. Warren Writing IAs work under the guidance of the program director but are the sole instructors in the classroom. All new IAs teach the first course in the sequence from a common syllabus, which allows for productive discussions of pedagogical issues in our weekly staff meetings. Experienced IAs are given the opportunity to design topic-specific courses that fulfill the second course in the sequence. Design and implementation of new courses is always done in groups. Our current 10A course topic is "The Pursuit of Happiness." Our current 10B course topic is "Food Matters: Eating in the 21st Century."

IAs in our program teach six sections per year (not more than 15 students per section). All new instructors are required to attend the WCWP 500 teaching practicum on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Just before the start of the academic year, instructors meet for a two-day orientation to prepare them to teach the first of the two writing courses offered by the program. During orientation, we discuss pedagogy, teaching methods, responding to work-in-progress, teaching successful revision strategies, and grading.

Responsibilities include implementing the course syllabus, teaching assigned sections, commenting on drafts of student papers, assigning grades, holding office hours, attending staff meetings, and using UCSD’s learning management system TritonEd (formerly Ted). Responsibilities average out to 20 hours per week for 50% appointments, so instructors are expected to balance their workload accordingly. Instructors enjoy the collegial atmosphere and a fair amount of autonomy. We work to establish a supportive teaching environment where pedagogical ideas and materials are shared and where IAs feel comfortable asking questions and seeking help.

Our courses run Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday, 80 minutes per section. Instructors are asked to keep reasonable availability open in their own classes to accomodate the program's schedule.

For more information and to apply, please visit the IA Recruitment in the Writing Programs site.

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