Writing Specialist

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California 91125
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Part Time

Writing Specialist


Job Category: Parttime Regular
Exempt Overtime Eligible: Overtime Eligible
Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The Hixon Writing Center at the California Institute of Technology seeks a generalist Writing Specialist to help support the teaching and learning of academic writing. This part-time (20 hours per week), benefits-eligible position will involve tutoring academic writers working on projects in the humanities, social sciences, and in STEM fields; helping to develop and lead academic writing workshops and presentations; and supporting the ongoing operations of the Hixon Writing Center. A particular focus will be on ongoing, one-to-one support of undergraduate writers making the transition to college writing. The Writing Specialist reports to the center's Director.

This assignment is anticipated to begin in September, 2021.

Job Duties

  • Tutor undergraduate, graduate student, and post-doctoral writers one-to-one and in small groups.
  • Help to develop and lead presentations/workshops for students on topics related to academic writing in the humanities.
  • Help to develop resources related to academic writing in response to student need.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create an inclusive and accessible writing center.
  • Support faculty efforts to improve the teaching and learning of academic writing in their courses.
  • Work with undergraduate peer tutors to support their professional development.
  • Assist in administrative tasks related to program records and assessment, as well as other duties assigned.
  • Locate, read, and share recent research in writing studies and related fields as relevant to center operations.

Basic Qualifications

  • An M.A. in Rhetoric/Composition, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Education, English, History, Philosophy, or related fields.
  • Experience working with college-level writers on academic writing.
  • Experience working with multilingual writers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students in a collaborative and inclusive environment.
  • Familiarity with best practices in writing center pedagogy.
  • Interest in writing in the disciplines and/or writing across the curriculum pedagogy.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with limited supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or significant work toward the degree in Rhetoric/Composition, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Education, English, History, Philosophy, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing center work.
  • Experience teaching in a first-year writing program or a WAC/WID program.
  • Familiarity with scholarship in the field of composition on topics relevant to the position (e.g. first-year writing, genre studies, transfer).
  • Training in applied linguistics and/or English language acquisition.
  • Experience with faculty development or program assessment.
  • Experience reading and responding to writing in diverse disciplines and genres.
  • Experience working within a STEM-focused curriculum and/or genre knowledge about scientific and technical writing is welcome but not required.

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A cover letter that provides an explanation for your interest in the position and an overview of your relevant experience. We encourage candidates to address their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in this letter, or, if they prefer, in a separate statement.
  • Names and contact information for three references. Finalists' references will be called, rather than receiving requests to provide letters.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://hr.caltech.edu/work/job_openings

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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