STEM Writing Specialist and Lecturer
Company: California Institute of Technology
Posted on: June 7, 2021
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Caltech community. Job Summary The Hixon Writing Center at the
California Institute of Technology seeks a STEM Writing Specialist
and Lecturer to support the learning of writing and communication
in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
We seek applicants with academic backgrounds in STEM fields who
have advanced knowledge of academic and professional writing and
communication in these fields. This position is pedagogical in
focus and has two components. First, the STEM Writing Specialist
and Lecturer will work in the Hixon Writing Center under the
supervision of the center's director. This work will involve
one-to-one tutoring of students, designing and leading workshops on
STEM writing, and collaborating with other faculty to support their
teaching. Second, this staff member will teach undergraduate
technical writing courses determined by campus needs. (The current
teaching load is three sections per academic year of SEC 11, SEC
12, and/or SEC 13 .) During the summer, additional assigned duties
may include leading support of writers during Caltech's summer
research programs, teaching a graduate course in STEM writing, or
developing new resources for the Hixon Writing Center. This
full-time position is anticipated to start September 1, 2021.
Review of applications will begin June 14th, and the position will
remain open until filled. This job is an on-campus position that
focuses on in-person student support. Once the Institute indicates
it is safe for the staff of the Hixon Writing Center to return to
campus, Writing Center staff will be expected to report to campus.
Job Duties Teaching technical writing courses for undergraduates.
Tutor undergraduate, graduate student, and post-doctoral writers
working in STEM fields one-to-one and in small groups. Develop and
lead presentations/workshops for students on topics related to
academic writing in STEM fields. Develop resources related to
academic STEM writing in response to student need. Collaborate with
colleagues to create an inclusive and accessible writing center.
Support faculty efforts to improve the teaching and learning of
academic writing in STEM courses. Work with peer tutors to support
their professional development. Assist in administrative tasks
related to program records and assessment, as well as other duties
as assigned. Basic Qualifications M.A. in a STEM field with
demonstrated expertise in STEM writing and communication. Two years
of experience writing, reading, and responding to academic writing
in STEM disciplines and genres. Experience working one-to-one with
college-level writers on academic communication as a T.A., tutor,
mentor, or instructor. Experience working with multilingual
writers. Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students
in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Ability to manage
multiple projects/tasks with limited supervision. Preferred
Qualifications Ph.D. or significant work toward the degree in a
STEM field with demonstrated expertise in STEM writing and
communication. Experience teaching college students about academic
communication in a classroom or large group environment.
Familiarity with scholarship and evidence-based practices on topics
relevant to the position (e.g. STEM discourses; writing in the
disciplines). Experience with faculty development. Familiarity with
best practices in writing center pedagogy. Required Documents
Curriculum Vitae A cover letter that provides an explanation for
your interest in the position and an overview of your relevant
experience. A teaching statement that details your approach to
working with students in STEM, including a focus on your work
creating inclusive learning environments. A writing sample that
represents your own work as a writer. (Please provide a text
previously written or published, not composed for this occasion).
Names and contact information for three references. Finalists'
references will be called, rather than receiving requests to
Keywords: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena , STEM Writing Specialist and Lecturer, Other , Pasadena, California
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