Preceptor in Expository Writing: Expository Writing 20 Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University

Title Preceptor in Expository Writing: Expository Writing 20 School Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department/Area Harvard College Writing Program Position Description

Each preceptor develops a writing course on an academic topic and teaches one or two sections per semester of fifteen students per section. Preceptors are eligible for multi-year contracts. Salary and benefits are competitive. Preference will be given to candidates with Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in fields that are taught at Harvard College, or to candidates with MFAs; who have experience in the teaching of academic argument at the college level; who demonstrate a lively interest in issues of writing pedagogy and an innovative approach to the teaching of freshman communication skills; and who enjoy collaborating with colleagues on assignment design and program development.

Please see the Harvard College Writing Program’s website for additional details.

The University and Program have a strong commitment to diversity among faculty and staff, and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate (or Doctorate nearly completed) in traditional liberal arts discipline taught in Harvard College; or MFA; or terminal degree with relevant experience teaching writing in a field taught in Harvard College.

Additional Qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates with experience and expertise in the teaching of writing in STEM fields, the social sciences, or public policy, experience in engaged scholarship, design studio model, use of multimedia, or digital learning.

Special Instructions

For the first round of the application process, please submit the following items:

  1. your CV

a cover letter explaining your philosophy of teaching writing and relevant undergraduate teaching experience. Candidates are welcome, but not required, to submit a separate Statement of Teaching Philosophy to complement what is discussed in the cover letter. brief one-paragraph descriptions of two courses that you might teach in the Writing Program (the Hiring Committee is interested in hearing ideas for courses that would both fit the Program’s pedagogy well and complement the current roster of Expos 20 courses; the Hiring Committee also welcomes thoughtful proposals about innovative assignments that might lend themselves to student capstone presentations or that might deploy engaged scholarship learning methods and/or the use of multimedia and digital tools. For descriptions of courses currently being offered, visit our Expos 20 courses page. Please do not propose a course topic that specifically duplicates a course in our current roster.). Please upload your two course descriptions as a single attachment to the Applicant Document field “Proposed Course Descriptions.” a sample of your writing (no more than 10 pages of academic or expository prose) uploaded to the Applicant Document field “Writing Sample 1.” your teaching materials from current or past courses (syllabi, writing assignments, and the like) uploaded to the Applicant Document field “Sample Syllabus.” your comments on a student paper uploaded to the Applicant Document field “Paper 1.” Instructions for commenting on a student paper are as follows: Please read the three student drafts, posted below, and choose one on which to comment.

Student Essay 1

Student Essay 2

Student Essay 3

We’ve included the essay assignments, posted as pdf files below, to give you some context for responding to the draft.

Assignment Prompt 1

Assignment Prompt 2

Assignment Prompt 3

Please address your comments to the student writer of the paper. The draft itself is a Word document. Save a copy of the essay with your comments to the student about how to revise this draft. You should include both the margin notes you make on the draft itself as well as your end comments. Please do not comment on every writing issue in the student paper; instead, focus your margin and end comments on the issues that you think are most important for the student to work on for the revision. Upload this document in the ARIeS system to the field “Paper 1.” If you hand-write your notes, please make sure the penmanship is legible. Please also make sure that the comments are legible when scanned into a PDF. You should be aware that ARIeS automatically converts Word documents into PDFs. In order to ensure that your margin comments are converted properly, you might consider converting to PDF before uploading the document and double-checking. (If you are using the MS Word function to create margin comments, the ARIeS uploader/ PDF converter will sometimes not clearly indicate what multiple comments on a line of text refer to.) You might consider using a number system to reference margin notes.

Candidates who are invited to the second round will be asked to submit the following:

  1. letters of recommendation. The Harvard ARIeS online hiring system will contact references to request letters of recommendation. (To use your Interfolio account to submit letters of recommendation, please see instructions via Interfolio);

records of strong teaching (preferably official records of student evaluations for courses taught).

For information on how to navigate the ARIeS system, please see the ARIeS Faculty Hiring page

Contact Information

Harvard College Writing Program
Hiring Committee
One Bow Street, Suite 250
Cambridge, MA 02138

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