Writing, Speaking,
and Argument Program

Employment

 

Breadth Fellowship for Warner School and Eastman School Students

The Breadth Fellowship offers teaching fellowships for graduate students in the Warner School or Eastman School. Through this fellowship, graduate students design their own version of Reasoning and Writing in the College (WRT 105), a theme-based first-year writing course.

All instructors accepted into the program will teach one section of WRT 105 in fall and the same course in spring, participate in our training program, and attend the program orientation at the end of August. The minimum commitment for Warner School or Eastman School applicants is two years; however, successful performance is required for reappointment after the first year.

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.

Application

Applications are due by Friday, January 27, 2017. Applicants can apply online through our application system.

Letters of recommendation may be submitted via email to: wsap@ur.rochester.edu.

Please note that new and experienced WRT 105 instructors from the Warner School and Eastman School.

Compensation

The compensation package across the two years is as follows:

Training

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:

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.