POSITION: Postdocs in Professional Writing at Purdue University

Subject: POSITION: Postdocs in Professional Writing at Purdue University
From: Wendy Simmons <msimmons -at- OMNI -dot- CC -dot- PURDUE -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 14:15:05 -0500


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 1999.

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
<http://addison.english.purdue.edu/postdoc/>. 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

o application letter,

o CV,

o dossier,

o three letters of reference, and

o evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course evaluation
data, sample syllabi and handouts, mentor/colleague

to the

Director of Professional Writing
Department of English
Heavilon Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 8, 1999 and continue
until positions are filled. Interviews may be held at CCCC in Atlanta.

Purdue is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.


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

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