Writing teachers needed

The University is seeking internal candidates for the teaching staff of the newly revamped undergraduate writing program.

Faculty members, administrators, post-doctoral fellows and post-enrolled graduate students with appropriate academic and teaching credentials are eligible to apply. The offices of the dean of the college and the dean of the faculty will be issuing calls for applications via e-mail messages and memos in the coming weeks. The planning committee for the writing program hopes to have the internal staff constituted by mid-March.

The new writing program will replace the current writing requirement for freshmen entering the University this fall. The "w" or writing intensive courses are being replaced by specially designed freshman writing seminars of no more than 12 students each. Teaching staff members are needed for the approximately 100 seminars that will be offered each year.

"The primary credentials we're seeking are experience teaching writing and an interest in working intensively with undergraduates to improve their writing skills," said Hank Dobin, associate dean of the college.

The seminars will meet twice a week for 80 minutes each day. The courses must fulfill a set of requirements, incorporating: writing assignments that increase in scope and complexity; work that teaches basic research skills and protocols; and opportunities for one-on-one conferences with the instructor, for revision, for peer review and for oral presentation.

Regular faculty members will be invited to teach one course a year. In most cases, the writing seminar will replace another course they teach. The faculty members will be eligible to earn an override on their salary to compensate for the additional preparation required to teach the seminar and for attending a mandatory one-week training session in late summer.

Administrators and post-doctoral fellows also will be invited to teach one seminar a year and will be eligible for salary overrides. Post-enrolled graduate students will be invited to teach one course a semester.

The planning committee will be conducting a national search to fill the remaining teaching staff positions with full-time lecturers hired for the express purpose of leading the writing seminars. A national search also is under way for a new director of the writing program.

Persons with questions about the new writing program or the application process may contact Dobin at 258-3040 or hdobin@princeton.edu.


February 12, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 16
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