Technical & Professional Writing Instructor

Now Hiring: Instructor for TPW 480, Fall 2018

The Technical & Professional Writing (TPW) program at San Francisco State University seeks an adjunct instructor to teach an upper-division course, TPW 480: Writing Technical Documentation. The course instructs students in the design and development of standard types of technical documentation, such as project plans, process descriptions, procedures, tutorials, and usability tests. Course topics include audience analysis, writing style, and best practices. Instructor will be hired to teach the course for fall semester 2018 only, but repeat employment is a possibility. 

Required or preferred qualifications:

  • Master's degree required.
  • PhD preferred.
  • Practitioner experience in technical documentation preferred.
  • Experience teaching college-level courses preferred.
  • Experience teaching online courses preferred.

Instructor will be expected to adhere to a pre-set syllabus for the course that dictates assignments, readings, weekly class topics, etc. A sample syllabus and list of course topics should provide a basic idea of how the course is designed.

This is an online course that does not require any in-person class meetings. SF State provides a learning management system (LMS) based on Moodle, Zoom pro accounts for web conferencing and online class sessions, support for various screencast authoring tools, and excellent technical support for faculty, among other resources. Other TPW faculty teach online extensively and are available to support the instructor of this course.

Compensation will vary based on instructor's qualifications.

To apply, please email resume/CV, references, and, if possible, copies of selected materials from previously taught courses (e.g., syllabi, course evaluations, assignment sheets), to Neil Lindeman:

Neil Lindeman, PhD 

Director, Technical & Professional Writing Program 

San Francisco State University 

1600 Holloway Ave, HUM 423 

San Francisco, CA 94132 


phone: 650/866.5364 

Benefits of working for TPW

We also offer a certificate program that attracts career-changing professionals.

Also among the strengths of our program are the faculty — all experienced professionals.

Care to join us?

We are looking for you if ...

  • You are an experienced professional with appropriate specialized knowledge.
  • You are up to date on trends in the field (preferably in a range of industries).
  • You have an advanced academic degree (Master’s or higher).
  • You have experience teaching or training (preferably at college level or with adult learners).
  • You are enthusiastic about your work and motivated to share what you know.


  • Teach no more than one course per semester. (Typically a three-hour class session, one evening per week, for about 15 weeks.)
  • Be available on campus for student conferences one hour per week.
  • Invest an average of two hours of preparation and grading for each teaching hour per week.


  • Prestige — especially if your professional work involves training.
  • Pay — not an industry rate, but no billing or collections required.
  • Convenient scheduling — evening classes and meetings keep your days free for other work.
  • Repeat employment — not guaranteed, but successful instructors often are asked to return.
  • Professional development — nothing updates and improves skills like teaching!
  • Networking — faculty, students, and their employees may lead to new contacts for you.
  • Satisfaction — our career-oriented students are capable and eager to learn what you teach.

We will value your experience and practical expertise!

Non-teaching options

  • Offer to supervise a student intern where you work.
  • Volunteer as a guest speaker for classes, career workshops, etc.
  • Volunteer to mentor a student or recent program graduate.
  • Volunteer to advise on program development and industry relations.
  • Recommend our program to potential instructors or students.

We will appreciate any contribution that you make!

For more information, please contact:
Technical and Professional Writing Program
College of Liberal & Creative Arts, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415-338-7025