Job Opportunity: Contractually-limited Term Appointment in Graduate-level Writing Support at U of T

The Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto is currently searching for a Contractually-limited Term Appointment (CLTA) in Graduate-level Writing Support.

Details regarding this opportunity are available online: Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Contractually-Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) – Graduate-level Writing Support (3-year term)

About the Faculty of Arts & Science
Since the first classics, chemistry, philosophy and physics classes were taught at King’s College – U of T’s precursor – the Faculty of Arts & Science has evolved into one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in North America and established itself as the heart of one of the world’s leading universities. Home to the majority of undergraduates on the St. George campus, Arts & Science offers an unparalleled breadth of programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in arts, science and commerce.

About the University of Toronto
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T’s distinguished faculty, institutional record of ground-breaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world. U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse regions, U of T’s vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community. The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.

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Conference Summary from Outgoing CASDW President

In my last official communication as President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing, I would like to pass along a few notes to colleagues at both CASDW and CWCA following the completion of our annual conferences in Saskatchewan.

First and foremost, sincere thanks to all CASDW members, presenters, reviewers, session chairs, speakers and guests for your participation in our 10th annual conference in Regina. We were a small but mighty group, fighting off all manner of tribulation, from a banquet venue that had ceased operations, to fire alarm disruptions, to a room for our closing plenary that was office sized! Everyone was so gracious, inspired no doubt by the wonderful people at the University of Regina who hosted us during Congress.

Second, our CWCA colleagues have just published a special issue of papers from last year’s CWCA conference in our journal, the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing. Congratulations to everyone involved! We hope to pursue a similar issue either jointly or complementing CWCA’s efforts this coming year. The level of quality and engagement in writing scholarship should be inspiring to all of us.

Third, discussion among and between our two organizations has led to a proposal that we reconsider some of the principles in CASDW’s 2016 Statement on Writing Centres and Staffing. We anticipate an open and engaged discussion between members of both groups to revise a document that will be seen as both aspirational and realistic – one that is inclusive of all members of the Canadian academic writing community.

Please see our CASDW website later this summer for a detailed account of the CASDW conference in our AGM minutes and the published announcement of our annual research prizes. I have been honoured to represent CASDW as President these past two years and welcome Andrea Williams to take over, while Dana Landry has been named Vice-President and Conference Chair. Please do contact them or any of our new/re-appointed Executive to share your ideas and suggestions.

Finally, both our organizations will be in Vancouver in 2019, so we look forward to seeing many of you there! In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys a relaxing, energizing summer!

Dr. Boba Samuels

Job Opportunity: Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor in the area of Post-Secondary Writing Instruction to commence on August 01, 2018 (or as determined). The application period closes on May 30, 2018.

The successful candidate will possess a PhD in a field relevant to pedagogy, English, literature, professional communications, or Higher Education. Extensive experience teaching writing skills to undergraduate students at the post-secondary level is essential, and experience working with graduate or mature students would be beneficial. Experience in the  design and successful implementation of complex pedagogical programmes at the post-secondary level is considered an asset. As a technology-enhanced learning environment UOIT seeks faculty members who strive to explore and develop new pedagogies by integrating technology in the curriculum.

Excellent communications skills combined with a proven ability to collaborate effectively and respectfully with students, faculty, staff and community partners are essential. In line with UOIT’s commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in our learning and working environment, we are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated an ability to develop and implement innovative and inclusive curriculum and teaching strategies that address the needs of a diverse student population.

Duties will include preparing and delivering courses devoted to improving writing skills for first year students in a variety of social science disciplines; developing diagnostics for measuring writing skills; contributing to the development of writing-intensive upper-year courses; and other duties as determined by the Dean.

The successful candidate will be expected to follow an 70% teaching, 20% service, and 10% other workload each year.

A review of applications will begin on May 12, 2018. Applicants should submit in electronic format (as a single pdf) a covering letter, their resume, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests,  evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of three referees through the UOIT website.

Learn more here (tracking code: 1168-136).

Full CASDW 2018 Program

Full CASDW 2018 Program

The 10th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing l’Association canadienne de rédactologie (CASDW/ACR)

The Diversity of Writing and Discourse

University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

May 26 – May 28, 2018

Summary of Key Events

Saturday, May 26   

  • 9:00 am     Welcome reception: coffee and light breakfast
  • 9:30 am     Presentations
  • 11:00 am   Coffee break
  • 11:30 am   Presentations
  • 1:00 pm     Lunch on your own
  • 2:30 pm     Presentations
  • 6:00 pm     CASDW Social at Nest Piano Bar

Sunday, May 27

  • 8:30 am     Coffee and snacks
  • 9:00 am     Keynote: Paula Mathieu
  • 10 am        Coffee break
  • 10:30 am   Presentations
  • 12:00 pm   Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 pm     Joint session with ACCUTE for grad students
  • 2:00 pm     Presentations
  • 5:00 pm     President’s Reception CK122

Monday, May 28

  • 8:30 am     Coffee and light breakfast
  • 9:00 am     Closing Plenary: Joel Heng Hartse
  • 10:00 am   Coffee break
  • 10:30 am   Annual General Meeting of CASDW All welcome

Full CASDW 2018 Program

Job Opportunity: Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia