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UROP: “Documenting Humanities Research Through Narrative Video”

Comparative Media Studies/Writing is investigating methods for the presentation of humanities research through narrative video. The UROP will become part of a year-long project to account for and test approaches that higher education has taken — or can take — to communicating the work of humanities scholars in a medium thus far largely dominated by the sciences and fine arts.

In the first semester, the UROP will 1) examine the production process and visual rhetoric of existing narrative videos produced by schools, non-profits, and foundations focused on the humanities, including interviews with a sample of those videos’ creators, and 2) begin pre-production on several videos combining best practices that emerge from this initial research.

In the second semester, the UROP will assist in the end-to-end production of those videos and early tracking of their viewership, with a final research product being a jointly authored piece, appropriate for an audience such as administrators of the National Communications Association, describing the state of narrative video for the humanities and recommendations for humanities programs around best practices, capacity-building, and necessary resources.

This for-credit UROP for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will require approximately 6 hours per week. The student should have experience with digital video equipment, lighting, audio, and Final Cut Pro. Past coursework in media studies is preferred but not required.

Faculty Supervisor: Prof. Edward Schiappa
Contact: Andrew Whitacre,

Lecturer, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication

LECTURER, WRITING, RHETORIC, AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION, Comparative Media Studies/Writing (temporary, part-time), to teach communication-intensive classes across the curriculum, including some combination of science, engineering, humanities, arts, and social science subjects. Will work with faculty in various disciplines to develop and implement assignments that teach the rhetorical principles of written and oral communication and evaluate and respond to student writing and speaking in a variety of contexts, including individual conferences and small-group peer workshops. The teaching load is up to the equivalent of three classes per term.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: M.A. (Ph.D. preferred) in rhetoric, composition, or technical/professional writing; experience teaching academic writing; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and staff. Experience teaching in WAC/WID contexts and familiarity with scientific and technical communication preferred. Experience with assignment design, oral communication instruction, or visual rhetoric also preferred. Job #11351

Schedule and percentage of time to be determined.

This is a temporary, one year position with the possibly of renewable based upon successful evaluation and available funds.

Administrative Assistant II, for the Writing, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program (WRAP) and Writing and Communication Center

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Comparative Media Studies/Writing Section (CMS/W), to provide administrative support to the Writing, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program (WRAP), Writing and Communication Center (WCC), and the directors and associate director. Will collect course and enrollment data to create spreadsheets and databases that support the statistical analysis of student evaluation data, classroom usage, program reports, etc.; assist directors with lecturer assignments including tracking hours, sections, and payments; plan, coordinate, and administer several large-scale on-line writing assessments (FEE, GWE); schedule classrooms and staff meetings; distribute mail; duplicate and distribute course materials; maintain office environment including workroom and kitchen; monitor and maintain office supplies and program web sites; act as liaison to CMS/W systems administrator and CMS/W headquarters; and serve as an administrative resource for teaching staff in WRAP and WCC.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: strong interpersonal, communication, analytical, organizational, and multitasking skills; accuracy and an eye for detail; strong writing and proofreading abilities; good judgment and ability to handle confidential information; flexibility; resourcefulness; and the ability to both make independent decisions with limited supervision and work as part of a team. Must enjoy contact with students and teaching staff and be able to use discretion, sensitivity, and tact in all interactions. Strong computer skills, experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), and the ability to quickly learn new software as needed are required. Familiarity with FileMaker Pro, WordPress, MITSIS, SAP, and BrioQuery helpful. College degree preferred. Job #11316-5

Administrative Assistant II, Mobile Experience Laboratory

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Comparative Media Studies/Writing Section (CMS/W)-Mobile Experience Research Laboratory, to perform complex administrative and financial responsibilities. Will monitor, reconcile, and oversee spending on research and fund accounts, including preparing budget forecasts, overseeing purchasing, preparing and processing accounting forms, and maintaining financial records; keep records of budgetary and purchasing transactions; maintain calendars and schedule meetings; handle mail; order and maintain supplies; duplicate and distribute material, following up as necessary; answer, screen, and refer telephone calls; greet visitors and act as a resource on research activities; word process, proofread, and copyedit correspondence; manage director’s calendar; make travel arrangements; arrange meetings and conferences and coordinate sponsor visits and demo scheduling; maintain web pages, filing systems, databases, and publication files; act as a liaison between research group and the administrative offices of the lab and MIT; and provide support for academic activities including assistance with graduate students and UROPs, class materials, and documents for international visitors’ visa sponsorship.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: five years of office experience; proficiency with MS Office products and FileMaker Pro; excellent organizational abilities; keen attention to detail; strong proofreading skills; superior interpersonal skills for interacting with a diverse group of researchers, students, corporate sponsors, and administrators; ability to work both independently and as a team member; demonstrated sound judgment; and ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently in a very busy environment with frequent interruptions. Must be flexible and able to adapt to a fast-paced and evolving research environment. Knowledge of MIT accounting and online purchasing systems strongly desired. Italian, French, or other foreign language skills a plus. An associate’s/bachelor’s degree preferred. Job #11317-5

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Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

Visiting Scholars are our way of facilitating the residency of a limited number of distinguished scholars from other academic institutions or accomplished professionals whose expertise coincides with current research groups. The program is part of its mission of working across disciplines, cultures, and communities. Visiting Scholar positions are non-compensated appointments established to accommodate the scholars’ research and enrich the CMS/W research community.

Postdoctoral Associates are usually associated with one of our research groups as well. They come to MIT to develop their scholarly competence, working under the supervision of MIT faculty members. As these positions become available, they are either announced below and on MIT’s job listings web site and advertised in professional and scholarly publications.

Postdoctoral Fellows come to MIT with grants or fellowships from outside funding agencies or government entities, in order to develop their scholarly and research skills. Funding must be secured prior to making an application for appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and the dates of the appointment must match the dates of the funding.

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