Job Posting: Lecturer, Scientific Writing & Communication, University of Washington

Kate Stuart
December 15, 2014

The Division of Physical Sciences (PSD) in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) invites applications for one instructor position in scientific writing and communication at the rank of lecturer or senior lecturer. The successful candidate will join our faculty on a full-time basis for a multi-year, renewable contract on a nine-month academic year appointment beginning September 16, 2015. Although this position is based in the Physical Sciences Division, the candidate will be expected to work and teach across the STEM disciplines. All university faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Duties and Responsibilities

A commitment to excellence in teaching, and supporting the university through service, are essential. Instructional responsibilities include teaching lower division, upper division, and possibly some graduate courses in scientific writing and communication in STEM disciplines; some of which will include students from all of the STEM disciplines in the same class. Other courses may be assigned based on the candidate's qualifications and interests. A successful candidate will develop scientific writing and communication courses for the STEM curriculum, and assist STEM faculty with integrating meaningful and purposeful writing into their courses. Service includes departmental, school, and university committee work, consulting with university scientists and engineers, and participation in professional organizations both locally and nationally.

Required Qualifications

  • A Doctorate or Master's degree (or foreign equivalent) in a STEM-related field with a minimum of 3 years of experience in writing with a strong, demonstrated focus in scientific writing and communication; or a Doctorate or Master's degree (or foreign equivalent) in a writing-related field with a minimum of 4 years of experience in STEM-based writing.
  • Demonstration of excellence in teaching as described in the Duties and Responsibilities section above.
  • Demonstration of ability and commitment to support and enhance learning for diverse populations.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in STEM-related writing.
  • Experience in curriculum development of undergraduate scientific writing and communication courses in STEM disciplines.

The School of STEM offers ten undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees within its four Divisions of Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, Engineering and Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. Our undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering began in Autumn 2014. We also offer master's degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering and Cyber Security Engineering, and we plan to offer a master's degree in Electrical Engineering beginning Winter 2015. Our 74,000 square-foot Discovery Hall teaching and laboratory facility, which includes eleven new science and engineering laboratories, opened in Summer 2014. The Division of Physical Sciences includes faculty in Chemistry, Physics and Climate Science. The Chemistry major, which started in 2014, includes emphases on biochemistry and environmental chemistry. The Physics degree currently offers a minor and is developing a major anticipated to begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

The Bothell campus of the University of Washington, located approximately 20 miles northeast of Seattle, serves nearly 5,000 traditional and non-traditional students and offers degrees through the Schools of Business, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Educational Studies, and Nursing and Health Studies. Since its opening in 1990, UWB has offered creative, interdisciplinary curricula, and a dynamic community of multicultural teaching. It is now the fastest growing campus in the state of Washington.

How to apply: 
For more information about UW Bothell go to or e-mail the search committee chair, Erin Hill ( To apply please submit a single electronic file to with the subject line "AA9214 Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Scientific Writing and Communication." The file should contain the following: a letter of application addressing your qualifications, a CV, a teaching philosophy statement as it relates to the position that includes teaching interests, a sample syllabus, and a sample scientific writing and communciation assignment. The applicant should also send the names and full contact information for three to five references, and ensure that these individuals could write a letter expeditiously upon request from the search committee. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled; complete applications received prior to January 12, 2015 will receive priority consideration.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities. The University of Washington Bothell is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and other eligible veterans. We are particularly interested in faculty who contribute to diversifying the undergraduate and graduate curricula.

If you have a question about the details of this search/position please contact the hiring unit directly. For questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Annie Brelsford at Thank you for your interest in this position at the University of Washington.

Job Search Number: AA9214