Job Opportunity: Department of Communications, Okanagan College

The Department of Communications at Okanagan College is looking for one (1) full-time, continuing and three (3) term, full and part-time College Professors. The closing date for both competitions is May 1 and the full job ads can be found here. Applicants will need to apply for both competitions to be considered for both. Potential applicants can get in touch with Dr. Raluca Fratiloiu (Department Chair) if they have any questions.

Call for Nominations: CASDW Award for Best Article (2018)

The CASDW Annual Award for the Best Article or Chapter in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes the best journal article or book chapter published during the 2018 calendar year by a CASDW member. Co-authored articles or chapters will be eligible as long as one of the authors is a CASDW member.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2019. The winner of the award will be announced at the CASDW Annual Conference.  Authors are invited to nominate their own publications as well as those of other CASDW members. In order to be eligible, nominees must have been CASDW members in both 2018 and 2019.

The assessment criteria for the award are as follows: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the article; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year CASDW membership for the following year.

Applicant/nominees should send a PDF of the journal article or book chapter, as well as a complete reference, to the committee listed below:

James Corcoran 

Stephanie White

Sara Doody

Call for Nominations: CASDW Award for Best Dissertation (2018)

The Joan Pavelich CASDW Annual Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes an outstanding PhD dissertation in Writing Studies, Discourse Studies, Rhetoric, or a cognate field for 2018. The award will be given to a student in a Canadian university or to a Canadian student studying outside Canada. To be eligible, dissertations must have been defended between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. An announcement of the winning dissertation will be made at the CASDW Annual Conference. Nominees do not need to be CASDW members, and self-nominations are accepted.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year free CASDW membership for the following year.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2019. The assessment criteria for the award are as follows: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the thesis; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

Applicants/nominators should send the following items to each member of the selection committee listed below: a PDF file containing the dissertation (or a link to an online repository), a CV, and a cover sheet with the applicant’s full name, citizenship, institution and degree program, and contact information for their primary supervisor.

Stephanie Bell

Shurli Makmillen

Michelle Riedlinger

Job Opportunity: Contractually-limited Term Appointment in Writing Instruction, U of T

The Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites
applications for a two-year contractually-limited term appointment in the area of writing
instruction. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and will commence on July 1, 2019, ending June 30, 2021. The successful candidate will participate in the administration and assist in the expansion of an innovative and well-established faculty-wide writing-in-the-disciplines initiative, Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT). WIT works collaboratively with faculty and teaching assistants (TAs) from units across Arts & Science to integrate writing instruction into disciplinary courses through effective assignment design and writing-to-learn activities. The successful candidate will report to the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work with the WIT Director on undergraduate writing and related teaching initiatives
  • Collaborate with a growing team of writing specialists to support reading, writing, and language instruction across the Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Engage in faculty and TA development related to writing and language instruction
  • Work with the WIT Director to collect and analyze data about undergraduate writing and related teaching initiatives
  • Develop and disseminate curricular and pedagogical resources for faculty, TAs, and
    students.
  • Be expected to teach undergraduate courses (including in the First-Year Foundations Program)

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in an Arts & Science-related discipline with experience teaching writing by the time of appointment. Candidates must also possess:

  • Experience and demonstrated excellence designing and teaching writing or writing-intensive courses as an instructor at the post-secondary level
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a collaborative setting with faculty, TAs, and students from different disciplines with tact, flexibility, and efficiency
  • Excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related
    scholarly activity
  • A publication record in writing studies/composition and/or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Experience teaching diverse and multilingual students
  • Experience and/or familiarity with different institutional models for teaching writing
  • Knowledge of current scholarship including research methods in writing
    studies/composition and an understanding of the principles of writing in the
    disciplines/writing across the curriculum
  • The ability to design, adapt, organize, archive, and disseminate instructional and
    curricular materials for a range of teaching contexts, including online delivery
  • Familiarity with the roles and functions of teaching assistants in large classes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to facilitate interactive workshops

Evidence of experience and excellence in teaching academic writing in a university or postsecondary setting, as well as pedagogical development, is essential and can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments (e.g., awards, recognition, curriculum development, pedagogical presentations and publications), strong letters of reference, and the teaching dossier (which should include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations), submitted as part of the application.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should submit a complete and current curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (which should include a teaching statement that highlights teaching approaches and experiences relevant to the position, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi and other relevant materials related to the teaching of writing). All application materials must be submitted online by the closing date. Submission guidelines can be found here. The application deadline is March 27, 2019.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Pam Gravestock, Director of Teaching Support & Faculty Development.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters (on letterhead and signed), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, directly to Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International [c/o Pam Gravestock]. The subject line of the email should read: “WIT CLTA Reference for” followed by the candidate’s surname. Reference letters must be received by March 27, 2019.