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Breadth Fellowship for Students from Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

The Breadth Fellowship offers teaching fellowships for graduate students in the sciences and social sciences in the College. Through this fellowship, graduate students design their own version of WRT 105: Reasoning and Writing in the College, a theme-based first-year writing course.

All instructors accepted into the program will teach one section of WRT 105 in the fall semester and the same course in the spring semester, participate in our training program, and attend the program orientation at the end of August.

WRT 105 General Course Description

WRT 105 introduces students to disciplinary writing at the college level by offering instruction in small sections that focus on the act of writing. It provides instruction and practice in clear and effective writing, and in constructing cogent and compelling arguments as students draft and revise numerous papers of different forms and lengths. These papers introduce some of the forms of writing students are expected to produce later in their college careers as well as in their public and professional lives after graduation. The subject of the course is writing, but since writing is about something, each section of WRT 105 presents various texts, mostly written, for analysis and discussion in preparation for constructing extended argumentative essays and a final research paper. Students consider the roles of audience and purpose in shaping the organization, style and argumentative strategies of their own papers, and they learn to become critical readers of their writing through peer critiques and revision and editing workshops.

Also see the guidelines for writing a WRT 105 description.


Applications are due by Friday, January 26, 2018. Applicants can apply online through our application system.

Letters of recommendation may be submitted via email to:

Please note that new and experienced WRT 105 instructors from the sciences or social sciences should complete the application.


Compensation packages vary depending upon individual funding situations. Please refer to the information below to determine which compensation package applies to your situation.

Grant-Funded Applicants

Those receiving 100% of their stipend from a grant may teach for the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program (WSAP) with the permission of the principal investigator/adviser. In this case, the grant-based stipend and workload would be reduced by 37 percent for approximately 15 hours of work per week for approximately 30 weeks, and WSAP compensation would be $9,000 for teaching two courses and participating in the summer pedagogy course and year-long practicum. If our estimate is correct, nobody should be losing money with this arrangement, and the majority would be receiving slightly higher pay for teaching in the WSAP.

Department-Funded Applicants

For those who are not on a grant but are fully funded by a department stipend, the department workload and funding would be reduced to allow for teaching in the WSAP. Typically this might involve giving up TA duties while teaching in the WSAP. Compensation from the WSAP would be $9,000 for teaching two courses in the WSAP and participating in the summer pedagogy course and year-long practicum.

Beyond Department Funding

For those who are beyond department funding, the standard Breadth Fellowship package applies: compensation for teaching one WRT 105 course in the fall and the same course again in the spring is $14,000. New instructors would receive an additional $2,000 training stipend.

Both new and experienced WRT 105 instructors from the sciences and social sciences must complete the Breadth Fellowship application.


New instructors must participate in a summer training course, WRT 571/ENG 571, as well as a year-long practicum, WRT 572/ENG 572, for which they are paid a summer stipend of $2,000. WRT 571/ENG 571 involves approximately six three-hour sessions and one four-hour session between May 15 and June 15 (exact dates will be finalized by mid-April) and three three-hour meetings August 15 - August 31. WRT 572/ENG 572 consists of monthly meetings during the fall and spring, although there may be more meetings toward the beginning of the academic year and fewer toward the end.

Application Review Process

The application review committee for all teaching positions is made up of a subset of the College’s interdisciplinary writing committee. Standing members of the selection committee include the WSAP Director and the Instructor Training Coordinator.

Each committee member independently ranks each application on a 1-5 scale, with five being the best, based on the applicant’s statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, teaching evaluations, letter of recommendation and any other supporting material the applicant chooses to submit.

Committee members assign a single ranking that accounts for the extent to which each candidate seems likely to:

  • Use writing to explore and express ideas and balances process and product,
  • Teach argument as a means to analyze, formulate, and test ideas,
  • Teach invention, revision, and editing (and understand the difference),
  • Use a student-centered approach: Help students develop as conscious and flexible writers,
  • Allow students to fully investigate student ideas,
  • Communicate a love of language, and writing, and teaching,
  • Create a positive learning environment for students, and
  • Offer a course that many undergraduates would find interesting.

After reviewing materials, we may contact candidates for an interview. Committee members discuss their rankings and collectively determine who will be offered a teaching position, who will be waitlisted, and who will not be offered a position.