Call for Nominations: CASDW Award for Best Dissertation (2019)

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 2019. 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, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 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 March 16, 2020. 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

Ashley Mehlenbacher

Sara Humphreys

Diana Wegner

Call for Nominations: CASDW Award for Best Article (2019)

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 2019 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 March 16, 2020. 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 2019 and 2020.

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:

Boba Samuels

Sara Doody

James Corcoran

Job Opportunity: English Language Specialist, Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of English Language Specialist. This is a full-time, permanent, EHRA-Non Faculty position in an innovative, busy center that offers both onsite and online writing support. The English Language Specialist will collaborate with the Center’s existing English Language Specialists to design and deliver programming to support the development of advanced academic English to matriculated graduate students whose first language is not English.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Linguistics, Foreign Language Education, or related field (PH.D. preferred). Minimum experience is 2-5 years teaching English as a Second Language at the college level or relevant experience. Demonstrated skill teaching academic English for graduate students, prior employment in a college level writing center, and tech or web skills are advantages.

Closing date is February 6. More information can be found here.

Job Opportunity: Writing Across the Curriculum Specialist, Department of English, West Virginia University

To strengthen an existing focus on communication across the curriculum, the SpeakWrite Program and the Department of English at West Virginia University invite applications for a teaching faculty position at the rank of Instructor or Teaching Assistant Professor of English. The SpeakWrite Specialist will participate in Writing Studio and SpeakWrite Advisory Board meetings, and will be evaluated annually based on evidence of effective and high-quality teaching and service, especially as related to the SpeakWrite initiative’s focus on communication across the disciplines.

Teaching faculty appointments at WVU are full-time, promotable, non-tenure track, renewable term appointments with no limit on the number of terms. This appointment starts August 14, 2020. Teaching positions normally carry a 4/4 course load. The SpeakWrite specialist will, however, typically teach three academic writing or communication-intensive courses per semester with one-course reassignment each semester to support the SpeakWrite program. Depending on program needs, summer responsibilities may be assigned for additional compensation.

At the time of appointment, a candidate must hold a master’s or doctorate degree in English, Composition, Rhetoric, TESOL, linguistics, or a related field that emphasizes effective communication practices.  Other qualifications include demonstrated familiarity with effective communication practices across disciplines, inclusive pedagogy practices, and the needs of multilingual or translingual writers and speakers; demonstrated ability to teach communication-intensive courses at the college level; and excellent written and oral communication skills.

To apply, visit herenavigate to the position title listed above, and submit a single PDF file that includes (1) a letter describing your qualifications and your potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community (which will be evaluated without regard to your personal demographics); (2) a CV with contact information for three references; and (3) syllabi for two undergraduate writing or communication-intensive courses that you have taught at the college level. Additional materials may be requested later. Review of completed applications will begin on March 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. We will acknowledge all applications and plan to conduct initial interviews via Skype or phone. For more information about the position, contact Laura Brady.

Job Opportunity: English as a Second Language Specialist, George Mason University Writing Center

The George Mason University Writing Center invites applications for the position of English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist. This is a 12-month, full-time administrative faculty position that begins on July 13, 2020. The ESL Specialist will join a staff of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in a busy, thriving writing center that serves undergraduate and graduate writers in all degree programs across the university. This individual will collaborate with Writing Center staff to support multilingual international and domestic students at Mason through individual consultations, workshops, and writing groups; and to support tutors who work with multilingual writers. For full consideration, applicants must apply by February 28. More information can be found here