Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Fellow Application

The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute

(the Communication Across the Curriculum program at Baruch College, CUNY)

is hiring for the first time in more than two years!

The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute seeks 2-4 Communication Fellows to join their vibrant staff for the Spring 2016 semester and beyond. Review of applications will begin immediately.

In close partnership with faculty and our colleagues in academic support programs, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute cultivates learning environments in which students become strategic, thoughtful communicators and creators. They develop and support Communication Intensive Courses, guide pedagogical reflection, and foster the teaching and learning of written, oral, visual, and digital literacies across the College.

Communication Fellows are partnered with faculty in order to serve as engaged, interested pedagogical consultants. Trained in core Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) principles, practices, and strategies, Fellows lend expertise as faculty create, develop, and teach communication-intensive courses, units, or projects. Depending on context and disciplinary needs, they may, for example:

*   participate in faculty development seminars,
*   guide instructional design to ensure scaffolding,
*   conduct individual consultations on assignment design,
*   facilitate in-class workshops,
*   support faculty in effectively using peer review and other strategies for responding to student work,
*   collaborate with faculty to marry course content with opportunities for students to develop communication skills,
*   or provide supplemental instruction to students, facilitating experiential, active learning.

Fellows may also be assigned to the Institute’s various projects. These include, for example, Creative Inquiry Day (the College’s celebration of undergraduate research); developing and relaunching our website; expanding our assessment portfolio; developing portions of our annual Symposium; and contributing to information gathering such as surveying of faculty and students.

All Fellows engage in a robust professional development program that provides training and ongoing support for both the immediate work of the Institute and the career development of the Fellows themselves.

Required Qualifications:

*   A terminal degree, or current candidacy with significant work toward degree
*   Significant teaching experience that demonstrates active, communication-intensive pedagogy fostering deep learning
*   Excellent oral, written, visual, digital and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

*   Curriculum design experience
*   Experience working with faculty and/or in intimate learning environments with students
*   Basic familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning, rhetoric and composition, multilingual writers and speakers, WAC/WID, and/or the teaching of oral communication

They especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as those who have experience with diverse populations.

Communication Fellows are paid on the CUNY Non-Teaching Adjunct I scale, currently $38.91/hour for new hires, and must abide by CUNY workload limits. Appointments are for 8-15 hours per week, dependent on budget, availability, and experience. Because Fellows’ work is often project based, applicants should have a degree of scheduling flexibility that would allow them to, for example, schedule meetings with faculty, students, and other Institute staff. Re-appointments are available based on satisfactory performance. Health care benefits are available in the third consecutive semester of 15-hour/week appointments. Appointments will begin in late January 2016.

Please electronically submit a C.V., a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and approaches to teaching, a separate sheet outlining your availability for the spring semester, and the contact information for three references to:

Heather Samples, Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute       <>

Please write “Communication Fellow Application” in the subject line. Note that cover letters are read carefully for evidence of reflection, engagement, and expertise, and will be an important means for selecting candidates for interviews.

No phone calls, please.

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