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Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows

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 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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Openings at CMS/W and Elsewhere at MIT

Lecturer: Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication

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To join a thriving program (with over thirty lecturers) that collaborates with faculty across MIT to provide communication instruction within communication-intensive subjects in all departments. Will teach communication in communication-intensive classes in mathematics and related subjects; work with faculty to develop pedagogy, instruction, and assignments that teach the rhetorical principles of written and oral mathematical communication; and evaluate and respond to student communication assignments in a variety of contexts and provide guidance to faculty and TAs for evaluating and responding to student communication assignments. The teaching load is the equivalent of three classes per term. MIT graduates need to know how to analyze audiences and attend to differences in discourse conventions; how to analyze and produce specialized genres and forms of argumentation; and how to compose, evaluate, and integrate oral, written, visual, and digital modes of communication. WRAP researches these concepts and professional practices; develops new pedagogy; and assesses how students learn, apply, and transfer this knowledge.

Job Requirements

Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred); substantial teaching experience, preferably teaching technical and professional communication and in WAC/WID contexts; comfort and facility with at least two advanced undergraduate math topics (e.g., real analysis, topology, combinatorics, abstract algebra), and understanding of principles of effective communication for multiple audiences; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to collaborate effectively with faculty and staff. Familiarity with rhetoric and composition pedagogy preferred; as is experience with assignment design, oral communication instruction, or visual rhetoric. Job #13163

The initial appointment is for three years. If renewed, will be reviewed in the fifth year for a possible appointment to lecturer II, a position with a five-year renewable contract.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, MIT Literature

MIT’s Literature Faculty is seeking to hire an entry-level tenure-track Assistant Professor in Contemporary Fiction, Film, and Media. Emphasis on global Anglophone fiction, with comparative work across national cultures encouraged. In addition to application letter and CV, applicants should arrange for at least 3 letters of recommendation testifying to excellence in research and teaching to be sent by the application deadline. A successful candidate will have the PhD in hand by start date. Candidates should demonstrate a record of significant scholarly research and effective teaching.

The position involves 1) conducting significant scholarship likely to have a major impact on its field; 2) teaching undergraduate courses at Introductory, Intermediate, and Seminar tiers; 3) committee memberships and other forms of service to the Literature Faculty, the discipline, and the broader MIT community.

MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Application letter, c.v., and letters of reference are due October 15, 2016. They should be submitted electronically to the MIT Literature Faculty via academicjobsonline. (#7855)

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