Writing Specialist and Lecturer in STEM Writing and Communication

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
13 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
11 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Hixon Writing Center at the California Institute of Technology seeks an academic Writing Specialist and Lecturer with a specialization in the field of technical writing and communication to help support the teaching and learning of writing at Caltech, with a focus in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS). This full-time position is comprised of two components. First, the position will work with the Campus Writing Coordinator in the Hixon Writing Center to support the teaching and learning of writing with students and faculty in the engineering and applied science fields. This work will involve a mix of tutoring students, designing and leading workshops, and collaborating with faculty. Second, this position will teach three sections per year of the EAS engineering technical writing course (E11). This is a 3-unit course, signifying that students spend one hour per week in class, and two hours per week working on coursework outside of class. This position is anticipated to start mid-September 2017 and end following Caltech commencement in June 2018. Review of applications will begin April 24th.

Job Duties

In addition to teaching the EAS writing courses, job duties include:

Tutor undergraduate, graduate student, and post-doctoral writers one-to-one and in small groups

Help to develop and lead presentations/workshops for students on topics related to academic writing in the humanities

Help to develop new presentations/workshops to support undergraduate writing in STEM fields

Help to develop resources related to academic writing in response to student need

Help to plan and execute events that foster a culture of writing on campus

Support faculty efforts to improve the teaching and learning of academic writing in STEM courses

Work with peer tutors to support their professional development and program development

Assist in administrative tasks related to program records and assessment and other duties as assigned

Locate, read, and share recent research in writing studies and related fields as relevant to Center operations

Basic Qualifications

  • A M.A. in Rhetoric/Composition, English, TESOL, or related fields with demonstrated expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) communication OR a M.A. or Ph.D. in a STEM field with demonstrated expertise in writing and communication.
  • Experience working one-to-one with college-level writers on academic writing.
  • Experience teaching college students about academic writing in a classroom (or large group) environment.
  • Experience and training in working with multilingual students and students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience reading and responding to academic writing in STEM disciplines and genres.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with limited supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or significant work toward the degree in Rhetoric/Composition, English, TESOL, or in a STEM field.
  • Familiarity with scholarship in the field of composition on topics relevant to the position (e.g. STEM discourses; writing across the curriculum).
  • Experience with faculty development.
  • Familiarity with best practices in writing center pedagogy.

Supervisory position? No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 04/12/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

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, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.