Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing Instruction at Macalester College

Macalester College invites applications for a one-year, eleven-month (August 2016-June 2017) postdoctoral fellowship in writing instruction. The position is generously funded by an award to Macalester by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which aims to develop a campus culture of writing that prepares students for active citizenship and scholarship in the 21st century. This grant is administered by Macalester’s Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and the successful candidate will work under the guidance of Dr. Zornitsa Keremidchieva, Director of Writing.

The Writing Fellow will:
*   Work as an embedded writing instructor in established Macalester courses. Duties will include attending all class meetings, developing writing resources and facilitating lessons and activities to support the learning goals of the classes;
*   Teach one writing intensive course during the spring semester of 2017 in an area related to his/her professional expertise;
*   Along with the Writing Director, convene a semester-long, 10 member Faculty Learning Community on Writing Pedagogy in order to build faculty capacity to teach writing to students in the writing-designated general education courses at Macalester;
*   Contribute to the one-day January Professional Development series at Macalester and help organize a writing workshop for faculty during the two-day Spring Professional Activities Workshop;
*   Serve as a consultant for faculty who would like to create new assignments or integrate successful, evidence-based strategies for incorporating writing in their courses;
*   Support other efforts to improve writing on campus (e.g. create 1-minute Write Well videos, develop assessment instruments, participate in regular Serie Center programing by sharing his/her own scholarly work at a Conversation About Our Scholarly Lives program or by discussing effective pedagogical strategies during a Talking About Teaching session, etc.);
*   Attend weekly staff meetings at the Jan Serie Center and have regular meetings with the Writing Director.
Qualified candidates will have:
*   received a PhD degree in Communication Studies, Composition, Writing Studies or a cognate field by the time of appointment.
*   excellent communication and presentation skills.
*   an interest and ability to work with diverse faculty across disciplinary lines.
*   post-secondary teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

We are especially interested in candidates with theoretical background and/or practical experience in multi-modal writing instruction, Writing Across the Curriculum, and/or science communication.

The Mellon post-doctoral writing fellowship includes $61,000 salary, full time benefits and funds to support research and travel.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae which includes the contact information (phone and email address) of 2 faculty members who are familiar with your teaching, a research statement, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and a writing sample by email to Marga Miller (<> ) or regular mail to Writing Postdoc Search, Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Dewitt Wallace Library, Suite 338, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 15, 2016. For questions, please contact Dr. Zornitsa Keremidchieva, Director of Writing (<>, 651-696-6637).

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 1900 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.


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