Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center, Postdoctoral Research Assistant
University Writing Center
MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Job Summary/Basic Function
The Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center (UWC) at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research assistant (J39010) who will focus on supporting multilingual writers and fostering global literacy through a one-year, NEH funded, campus-wide programming event focused on second-language acquisition and global literacy. This full-time position will include consulting in the University Writing Center; working on relevant research; developing and offering workshops and programming for students, teachers, and community members with an emphasis on careful reading and improved writing through deep engagement with campus-wide common readings; and creating materials. This is a one-year position that begins January 1, 2022.
A full 40 percent of students who seek guidance at the UWC identify another language besides English as their home language, reflecting MTSU’s diverse student population. The UWC assists student writers of various experiences, backgrounds, and skill levels in developing responsible, informed writing practices grounded in engagement with texts. We value innovative and reflexive scholars and teachers who can create engaging programming that responds to the needs of our students and campus-wide culture. The post-doctoral associate will have the opportunity to work with writers in the UWC and develop campus-wide programming in second language acquisition, writing pedagogy, and global literacies. In addition to working directly with student writers in the UWC, the post-doctoral associate will research and identify best practices for supporting multilingual writers; develop and disseminate strategies to support multilingual writers across the curriculum through faculty workshops and materials; create training for peer writing tutors for these writers; develop and offer workshops on writing about campus-wide shared readings; and develop online instructional support for multilingual writers and for those who teach them.
PhD in second language acquisition, Rhetoric/Composition, Global Literatures, or a closely related field.
Candidates with teaching experience and experience with developing campus-wide programming for a variety of audiences will receive special consideration.
Documents Needed to Apply
In order to successfully apply, applicants are required to include the following documents as separate attachments at the time of online application submittal: a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a statement of Teaching Philosophy, and their Research Statement or Creative Activities (as appropriate to the discipline).
NOTE: In addition, applicants MUST attach a statement showing how their teaching or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion as Other Document 1.
Special Instruction to Applicants
If you need help in applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.
If you have position-specific questions, please contact Ms. Karla Barnes at Karla.Barnes@mtsu.edu.
MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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Application Review Date: 11/16/2021