Each preceptor develops a writing course on an academic topic and teaches one or two sections per semester of fifteen students per section. The position is for three years, renewable for a term of up to five years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and decanal authorization. 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, including fields in the sciences and social sciences, or to candidates with MFAs; who have experience in the teaching of academic argument at the college level; who demonstrate a lively interest in issues of writing pedagogy and an innovative approach to the teaching of freshman communication skills; and who enjoy collaborating with colleagues on assignment design and program development.
The University and Program have a strong commitment to diversity among faculty and staff, and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.
Doctorate (or Doctorate nearly completed) in traditional liberal arts discipline taught in Harvard College, including fields in the sciences and social sciences, or MFA or terminal degree with relevant experience teaching writing in a field taught in Harvard College.
We welcome applications from candidates with experience and expertise in the teaching of writing in STEM fields, the social sciences, or public policy; with experience and/or strong interest in teaching engaged scholarship writing courses, integrating multimedia and digital learning into course design and class activities, or designing innovative capstone projects.
Harvard College Writing Program Hiring Committee One Bow Street, Suite 250 Cambridge, MA 02138
For the first round of the application process, please submit the following items:
a cover letter explaining your philosophy of teaching writing 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.
brief one-paragraph descriptions of two courses that you might teach in the Writing Program (the Hiring Committee is interested in hearing ideas for courses that would both fit the Program's pedagogy well and complement the current roster of Expos 20 courses; the Hiring Committee also welcomes thoughtful proposals about innovative assignments that might lend themselves to student capstone presentations and/or the use of multimedia and digital tools. For descriptions of courses currently being offered, visit our Expos 20 courses page. Please do not propose a course topic that specifically duplicates a course in our current roster.).
Candidates who are interested in applying for Curricular Innovation Awards for Engaged Scholarship Expos Courses should first include a proposal for an Engaged Scholarship Expos course as part of this job application. Should candidates be hired, they would then become eligible to apply for a Mindich Curricular Innovation Award. Two awards will be granted per year; each award is $3,000. The awards committee will make its decisions in early July 2020.
After each course description, as a separate paragraph, please describe a possible capstone assignment for the course (the Hiring Committee understands that the proposal is just a sketch and offered in the absence of course logistics and detailed Writing Program budget guidelines; we are interested in seeing how the capstone you propose might help students write to a wider audience than just the course instructor, might give students practice in presentational skills, and provide students with a satisfying culminating experience in the course). Students would complete the capstone in the final week or two of the semester. The capstone should be related to the course's research paper.
Please upload your two course descriptions and capstone proposals as a single attachment to the Applicant Document field
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