Postdocs in Professional Writing at Purdue University

Subject: Postdocs in Professional Writing at Purdue University
From: "W. Michele Simmons" <msimmons -at- OMNI -dot- CC -dot- PURDUE -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 1997 17:20:55 -0500

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Postdoctoral Positions in Professional Writing at Purdue University

The department of English at Purdue University intends to award two or
three postdoctoral positions in the area of Professional Writing (i.e.,
business writing, technical writing, and/or computer-based publishing).
Ph.D. is required, but area of emphasis is open. Appointments are to
begin August 1998.

Postdoctoral study in Professional Writing provides an opportunity for
recent Ph.D.s to develop qualifications in technical and professional
writing. With a rhetorical and critical approach to teaching, the program
emphasizes designing networked-based projects and curricula and online
writing instruction. Postdocs enroll in professional writing teaching
practica as well as graduate courses in professional writing theory,
computers and professional writing, and methodology; work with
professional writing faculty and graduate students on research and
teaching projects; and earn a doctoral-level secondary concentration in
technical and professional writing. Postdocs contribute to a new distance
education initiative in the Professional Writing Usability Lab designed to
address the question of how to teach distance education professional
writing courses. This initiative, which includes the development of online
short courses in professional writing, is directed toward traditional
students as well as alumni and corporate sponsors. Postdocs are also
encouraged to do guided research in their own area of interest.

Postdocs teach five sections per year of business writing in networked
computer classrooms (class enrolls a maximum of 20 students) and receive a
stipend of $22,000 per year for their teaching appointments, as well as
tuition remission for coursework. Typically, postdoctoral appointments are
for two years.

For further information about postdoctoral study in Professional Writing
at Purdue University, see our web page at
If you have questions about the postdoctoral position, contact the
Director of Professional Writing at (765) 494-3730,
or via e-mail at <postdoc -at- addison -dot- english -dot- purdue -dot- edu>.

If you wish to apply, send an application letter, CV, dossier, and
evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course evaluation data,
sample syllabi and handouts, mentor/colleague evaluation) to the
Director of Professional Writing, Department of English, Heavilon Hall,
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907.

Applications will be reviewed starting February 15, 1998 or until
positions are filled. Purdue is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity

Michele Simmons
msimmons -at- omni -dot- cc -dot- purdue -dot- edu

Department of English
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907, or

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