Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Cornell University

Position Description for ECP Lecturer/Senior Lecturer
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Position: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Engineering Communications Program
Institution: College of Engineering, Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, New York
Start Date: Start of Fall Semester, 2012

The position of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Communications Program (ECP) in the College of Engineering at Cornell University is a nine-month, three to five-year, renewable, non-tenure-track position teaching scientific and technical communications and rhetoric. The person who fills this position will teach one section per semester of either of the program's core courses, ENGRC 3500: Engineering Communications (technical writing, oral presentation) or ENGRC 3350: Communications for Engineering Managers (organizational communications). In addition that person will work with faculty and students from a range of courses in the various engineering disciplines. The ECP staff help interested faculty embed writing-to-learn, learning-to-write, thinking-to-write activities into their courses primarily through teaching partnerships. The ECP staff assists with designing assignments, providing instruction, and assessing students' oral and written work in those courses.

This lectureship requires at least a MA, preferably a PhD in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in ESP, EAP, and Genre Studies or Rhetoric and Composition Studies with an emphasis in technical communication. A familiarity with TESL is desirable. Experience teaching scientific and technical communications at the college level is important. Applicants with inter-disciplinary teaching experience (especially in engineering) and experience identifying and serving the instructional needs of faculty in various technical fields are highly desirable.

The position and the program are a good fit for teacher-scholars interested in cross-disciplinary instruction in science and engineering communications/writing. The ECP encourages teacher-research in this area, particularly as it contributes to the program and enhances communications/writing instruction across the engineering disciplines. Funds are available to support the presentation and/or publication of such teacher-research.

Cornell University offers generous benefits and very competitive compensation.

Applicants should apply online with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a one-page statement of their teaching philosophy. Additional materials are welcome, e.g. letters of recommendation, a sample syllabus, a statement of teacher-research interests in relation to scientific and technical communications. These materials may be required later as part of the review process. The review of applications will begin March 27th. Applications will be accepted online at

https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10161/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en until the position is filled.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.