Preceptor in Expository Writing

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
22 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Preceptor in Expository Writing: Introductory Writing Courses

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department/Area Harvard College Writing Program Position Description

Each preceptor teaches one or two sections per semester of ten students per section, including significant one-on-one conference time with students. Because course enrollments fluctuate, preceptors may be asked occasionally to teach Expos 20, with section sizes of 15 students. Preceptors are eligible for multi-year contracts. Salary and benefits are competitive. Preference will be given to candidates with Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in fields that are taught at Harvard College, or to candidates with MFAs; who have experience teaching fundamental analytical reading and writing skills and sentence skills at the first-year college level; who demonstrate a lively interest in issues of writing pedagogy and an innovative approach to the teaching of freshman communication skills (for example, engaged scholarship/community engagement projects, design studio model, the use of multimedia, or digital learning); and who enjoy collaborating with colleagues on assignment design and program development.

Please see the Harvard College Writing Program’s website for additional details.

The University and Program have a strong commitment to diversity among faculty and staff, and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate (or Doctorate nearly completed) in traditional liberal arts discipline taught in Harvard College; or MFA; or terminal degree with relevant experience teaching writing in a field taught in Harvard College.

Additional Qualifications Special Instructions

For the first round of the application process, please submit the following items:

Student Essay 1

Student Essay 2

We’ve included the essay assignments, posted as pdf files below, to give you some context for responding to the draft.

Assignment Prompt 1

Assignment Prompt 2

Please address your comments to the student writer of the paper. The draft itself is a Word document. Save a copy of the essay with your comments to the student about how to revise this draft. You should include both the margin notes you make on the draft itself as well as your end comments. Please do not comment on every writing issue in the student paper; instead, focus your margin and end comments on the issues that you think are most important for the student to work on for the revision. Upload this document in the ARIeS system to the field “Paper 1.” If you hand-write your notes, please make sure the penmanship is legible. Please also make sure that the comments are legible when scanned into a PDF. You should be aware that ARIeS automatically converts Word documents into PDFs. In order to ensure that your margin comments are converted properly, you might consider converting to PDF before uploading the document and double-checking. (If you are using the MS Word function to create margin comments, the ARIeS uploader/ PDF converter will sometimes not clearly indicate what multiple comments on a line of text refer to.) You might consider using a number system to reference margin notes.

  1. your CV
  2. a cover letter explaining your philosophy of teaching writing to underprepared undergraduate writers and relevant undergraduate teaching experience. Candidates are welcome, but not required, to submit a separate Statement of Teaching Philosophy to complement what is discussed in the cover letter.
  3. a sample of your writing (no more than 10 pages of academic or expository prose) uploaded to the Applicant Document field “Writing Sample 1.”
  4. your teaching materials from current or past courses (syllabi, writing assignments, and the like), particularly those relevant to the teaching of underprepared undergraduate writers, uploaded to the Applicant Document field “Sample Syllabus.”
  5. your comments on a student paper uploaded to the Applicant Document field “Paper 1.” Instructions for commenting on a student paper are as follows: Please read the two student drafts, posted below, and choose one on which to comment.

Candidates who are invited to the second round will be asked to submit the following:

  1. letters of recommendation. The Harvard ARIeS online hiring system will contact references to request letters of recommendation. (To use your Interfolio account to submit letters of recommendation, please see instructions via Interfolio);
  2. records of excellent teaching (preferably official records of student evaluations for courses taught).


For information on how to navigate the ARIeS system, please see the Harvard Academic Positions page and click on “For Harvard Applicants.”

Contact Information

Harvard College Writing Program
Hiring Committee
One Bow Street, Suite 250
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email expos@fas.harvard.edu Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed 3 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of experience do you have teaching undergraduates?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How many years of experience do you have teaching undergraduate writing courses?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of experience do you have teaching undergraduates as a graduate student?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How many years of experience do you have teaching your own course(s) (i.e., not as a discussion section leader)?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have experience working with faculty and graduate student instructors on writing-in-the-disciplines or writing-across-the-curriculum projects? If so, please briefly describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Have you worked in administrative, supervisory, or mentoring capacities in current or past teaching positions, particularly as those capacities relate to the teaching of writing? If so, please briefly explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Do you have experience teaching or working with ESL students? If so, please briefly explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Do you have experience teaching basic writing or academically at-risk students? If so, please briefly explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Do you have any experience using innovative assignments and teaching methods (activity-based learning, design studio model, the use of multimedia, or digital tools for the teaching of writing)? If so, please briefly explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample 1
  4. Sample Syllabus
  5. Paper 1

Optional Documents

  1. Other
  2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

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