Merrill College: College 1 Lecturer Pool (Ongoing)
Merrill College at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of part-time lecturers to teach sections of College 1, the first course of UCSC's Academic Literacy Curriculum. College 1 is a required core course designed to help students develop academic and civic proficiency in reading and critical thinking. Students will develop understanding of academic ethos and habits of mind and practice that are tied to a sense of belonging and academic success. This course prepares students for success in other UCSC courses. There is no placement exam for College 1; enrollment in this course is not tracked by proficiency in reading, writing, or critical thinking.
Instructors meet with a seminar of about thirty students two or three times per week and present material from an established syllabus; assign and evaluate student work; meet with students in small groups; prepare grades, which may include narrative evaluations of student performance; hold weekly office hours; and carry out other typical instructional duties.
Merrill College is dedicated to studying the effects of change in the world--social, political, economic, cultural--with a special focus on questions of social justice at intersections between the developed and developing worlds. The Merrill College core course examines a range of non-fiction texts in light of these themes and in the context of the expectations of the Academic Literacy Curriculum. Applicants should be able to draw on their knowledge in one or several of the major disciplinary subject areas. Expertise in fields of study in the humanities and social sciences (including, but not limited to, sociology, anthropology, economics, politics, and, history) is particularly relevant.
Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree).
Demonstrated record of working effectively with students from a wide range of social, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
Familiarity with current theory and research in critical and analytical reading.
Familiarity with current theory and research in a field of study relevant to the topical foci (see above) of Merrill College.
A minimum of two years' experience teaching critical and analytical reading, thinking, and/or writing at a four-year college or university.
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