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The Department of English at Boise State University is seeking to
fill a one-year position in technical communication, to begin Fall
1994. Requirements: ABD or Ph.D. in technical communication or
rhetoric or composition or a related discipline. Experience in
technical communication is desirable. Salary will be commensurate
with the applicant's background and experience. Teaching load:
three courses per semester. The first semester's assignment is
unclear at this time, but may include some composition in addition
to technical communication. In the second semester, the assignment
will be exclusively technical communication, ranging from the entry-
level service course through undergraduate courses in writing,
editing, and document design, and graduate courses in writing,
editing, human-computer interaction, writing for the computer
industry, and technical publications management. The actual
assignment will depend on the instructor's background.
Boise State currently offers an undergraduate major in technical
communication, as well as a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in
the field. We anticipate that our M.A. in Technical Communication
will be approved in June 1994 by the State Board of Education, for
implementation in Fall 1994. Eleven different courses have already
been offered at least once. Some 25 students are taking graduate
courses this semester.
The Department of English anticipates at least one full time,
continuing appointment in technical communication to begin Fall
Boise, a city of 125,000, is the business and governmental center of
the state. Hewlett Packard's printer division is located here, as are
Micron Semiconductor and a number of other high-technology and
service companies. Boise offers four-season recreational activities
and a temperate climate (average winter temperature: about 35
degrees F; 1993-94 snowfall: about 5 inches).
For more information about the duties and opportunities, call Mike
Markel, Director of Technical Communication, at 208 385-3088.
Fax: 208 385-4373. E-mail: renmarke -at- idbsu -dot- idbsu -dot- edu -dot-
To apply, send a letter and resume, and arrange to have your
dossier sent, or include an unofficial transcript and three letters of
reference. Write to:
Professor Chaman Sahni, Chair
Department of English
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
Application deadline: April 1, 1994. After that date, we will conduct
phone interviews with several candidates, then make an offer.