Hixon Postdoctoral Instructor in STEM Writing and Communication

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) seeks a specialist in academic writing and communication in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) for a two-year postdoctoral instructor position to begin in September of 2017. This position is associated with a new initiative to support the teaching and learning of writing in Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science (E&AS).

This instructor's time will be dedicated to pedagogical work of three types. The first is collaborating with specific E&AS faculty to support the teaching and learning of writing in their courses. The second is working in our Hixon Writing Center to support student needs related to STEM communication. The third is teaching in our undergraduate writing curriculum, which seeks to prepare incoming students for their work as writers across disciplines. This position will also allow time for the instructor to pursue his or her own research. This instructor will be mentored by our Campus Writing Coordinator.

Experience with the theory and practice of writing in the disciplines is particularly important for this position. We especially seek candidates who have experience through prior study, teaching, and/or research with the discourse communities of engineers (e.g. electrical, environmental, mechanical, civil, medical) and applied scientists (e.g. computer science, materials science, applied and computational mathematics, aerospace). We welcome applications from qualified candidates with degrees in English, Education, Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Studies, and related fields. We also welcome applications from candidates with degrees in STEM fields who have a demonstrated expertise in the teaching and learning of communication.

Located in Pasadena, California, Caltech is a world-renowned and pioneering research and education institution dedicated to advancing science and engineering, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. Our small student body (about 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students) makes us unique among our peers.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting the following materials electronically to hixonpdi@caltech.edu:

  • Cover letter, including a statement of interest in this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample of no more than 30 pages
  • 3 letters of recommendation

We also welcome, but do not require, a teaching portfolio that contains materials relevant to this position (e.g. teaching philosophy, syllabi, writing assignments, course evaluations).

Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 14th. Questions about the search may be directed to hixonpdi@caltech.edu. The appointment is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D.