Thematic courses and inquiry

Posted for James LeDoux:

I am a grad student at Boise State University and would like to solicit some responses regarding thematic courses and inquiry-based teaching methods from experienced basic writing/developmental writing instructors. My class project partner and I are wondering if any of your courses are thematically based. If so, what kind of theme(s) do you use and why?

We are also interested in inquiry-based teaching methods. What kinds of things do you do to set up an inquiry based class and what has been your
experience teaching in this method (in other words, what are some advantages and disadvantages to inquiry that you've noted)?

Asst. Prof. position at Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Department of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for the position of tenure-track assistant professor of English, beginning August 2007, with primary specialization in rhetoric and composition. The department seeks a candidate able to teach writing and rhetoric courses at all levels (including graduate courses). Teaching responsibilities include a 4/4 load. Qualifications: Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition; demonstrated excellence in and commitment to undergraduate teaching; excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills. The search committee will begin screening applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


University of Wyoming: Associate or Full Professor of English & Coordinator of Composition

We seek an advanced scholar/teacher (associate or full professor) with administrative experience and a record of significant publication and exemplary teaching to guide our first-year writing program. The successful candidate will rotate through this administrative position (three-year term) and, while working in this capacity, spearhead curriculum development and teacher training for graduate instructors. In addition, this individual will teach and develop courses for our M.A. track in Composition and Rhetoric and serve on related thesis committees. Opportunities to teach in and/or assist with our professional writing minor degree program are also available. Area of specialization is open, although candidates with strong backgrounds in rhetorical theory and/or the history of rhetoric, composition research methodology, assessment, electronic writing, or composition pedagogy are especially welcome. The expected teaching load for this position is 2/1.


CSU 12th Grade Expository Reading and Writing Course Gets FIPSE Grant

The California State University project I talked about in my workshop in Chattanooga now has a FIPSE grant designed to study what kinds of support are necessary to implement the 12th Grade Course in an entire school district. A press release about the grant can be seen here:

The course itself was designed by a partnership of high school teachers and CSU faculty. The original task force trained another set of teachers to work as trainers, and teams consisting of one CSU person and on high school person went out to train still more teachers, in an arrangment that some have jokingly compared to a pyramid scheme. This year, we have brought the community colleges into the mix as well.

Deputy Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College CUNY

Founded in 1997 and operating under the auspices of the Office of the Provost, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College is committed to facilitating the infusion of oral, written, and computer mediated communication into Baruch’s undergraduate curriculum through the development and support of Communication Intensive Courses (CICs), co-curricular programs for students, as well as its efforts as part of the CUNY WAC program. The Institute likewise sponsors a wide range of professional development activities for Baruch faculty and administration and engages in sustained dialogue on communication and communication intensive instruction with leading business professionals and educators from around the country.


Assistant Professor of English, Composition and Rhetoric Focus

Colleagues--Please pass this job announcement on to interested graduate students!
Mahalo, Jim Henry

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, full-time, tenure-track position in Composition and Rhetoric (position number 84820), beginning August 1, 2007; position dependent upon funding and availability. Teaching Duties: teach courses in introductory, upper-division, and graduate-level Composition and Rhetoric; occasional introductory literature courses; five courses over two semesters. Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, or equivalent; dissertation and/or publications in Composition and Rhetoric; teaching experience at college or university level.


Position Announcement (Univ of Illinois at Springfield)

Please share with interested parties:

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

1. Ph.D. in hand by August 15, 2006
2. Specialization in Composition and Rhetoric
3. Ability and willingness to teach first year writing courses
4. Ability to teach courses online
1 Willingness and interest in teaching writing courses in the Capital Scholars
Honors Program
2. Ability to teach upper division and graduate level writing courses and courses composition theory
3. Knowledge and Experience in implementing and working in Writing Across the Curriculum or


Position Announcement (Columbia College Chicago)

The English Department of Columbia College Chicago invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty position in Rhetoric and Composition, beginning August 2007. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with scholarly and teaching interests in the area of basic writing. Experience teaching college reading is also desirable.

To apply send letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, 10-15 page writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, and sample teaching materials (e.g., syllabus, unit plan, in-class activity) to Kilian McCurrie, Chair, Rhetoric and Composition Search Committee, Columbia College, English Department, 600 South Michigan Ave.