Job Details

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 1418497
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - English and Literature



JOB TITLE
Assistant Professor of Writing

LOCATION
Worcester

DEPARTMENT NAME
Humanities & Arts Department

DIVISION NAME
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Humanities and Arts Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric. We are seeking a colleague to join a small vibrant writing faculty who are committed to adding significant and measurable value to WPI's project-based STEM curriculum. Writing faculty are increasingly working with colleagues in technical disciplines to bring innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and content to a growing writing major. Current focus areas include writing in the life science and medicine, human-computer interaction and online help, interactive media and gaming, and ESL for STEM disciplines. Writing faculty direct the undergraduate major, a minor in writing and rhetoric, and support a university-wide humanities and arts requirement. Writing faculty also direct WPI's writing center where student peer tutors assist students with academic writing projects in and across disciplines.

JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Description:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Humanities and Arts Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric. We are seeking a colleague to join a small vibrant writing faculty who are committed to adding significant and measurable value to WPI's project-based STEM curriculum. Writing faculty are increasingly working with colleagues in technical disciplines to bring innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and content to a growing writing major. Current focus areas include writing in the life science and medicine, human-computer interaction and online help, interactive media and gaming, and ESL for STEM disciplines. Writing faculty direct the undergraduate major, a minor in writing and rhetoric, and support a university-wide humanities and arts requirement. Writing faculty also direct WPI's writing center where student peer tutors assist students with academic writing projects in and across disciplines.

Writing faculty belong to a multi-disciplinary Humanities and Arts department (HUA). While there are no required writing courses at WPI, our project-based STEM curriculum requires extensive writing in junior- and senior-year projects, which are often tied to the university's nationally-known global studies program. HUA Faculty may direct junior-year projects at over 45 different project centers in 25 different countries. Popular Mechanics recently ranked WPI the #1 university for scientists to study abroad.

We are seeking candidates with a strong background and demonstrated excellence in writing pedagogy. We are especially interested in candidates whose combined teaching and research interests examine the intersections between belief, ethics, and one or more STEM discipline. Candidates with backgrounds or undergraduate training in STEM fields and whose research has applicability for ethics/bioethics, pedagogies for recruiting and promoting diversity in STEM fields, and/or public understanding of and engagement with science are especially encouraged to apply. Ph.D. with specialization in rhetoric, linguistics, technical communication, or allied field must be in hand by September 2019.

We plan to conduct Skype interviews in spring 2019. Interested candidates should submit full applications, including letter, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly work, statements of research plans, teaching philosophy, and commitment to diversity and inclusion, sample of scholarly work, and a list of 3 confidential references to our online Human Resources site. We will begin reviewing applications on February 20 and continue until we fill the position. For full consideration, please apply by February 20. Salary includes an excellent fringe benefits package.

Additional information about the Humanities and Arts Department can be found at https://www.wpi.edu/academics/departments/humanities-arts

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

About WPI
Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first technological universities. Today, WPI's reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. The university's curriculum features a flexible, rigorous program that is project-based and globally engaged, committed to providing valuable experiences for students and a positive impact for its partner communities. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking from the Wall Street Journal for faculty who best combine research and teaching. WPI faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems, both on campus and at more than 40 project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Situated with easy access to Boston, Providence RI, the Berkshires, and the Atlantic Coast, Worcester is New England's second largest city. The area offers affordable, quality housing, nine separate colleges and universities including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a robust and growing performing arts scene, and easy access to waterways and hiking and cycling trails. WPI faculty collaborate with regional institutions including Worcester's WICN Public Radio, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Art Museum, Harvard Medical School, Berklee College of Music, Worcester Historical Museum, and UMass Medical School.


FLSA STATUS
United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

To apply, visit: https://wpi.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WPI_External_Career_Site/job/Worcester/Assistant-Professor-of-Writing_R0000297

About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.





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