Writing Specialist in the Social Sciences, Lecturer, Bates College

Writing Specialist in the Social Sciences

Writing at Bates

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Staff position with faculty appointment (lecturer), part-time (25 hours/week, 10 month recurring term)


The individual selected will join two other Writing Specialists and the Director of Writing at Bates in providing support for students writing and for faculty teaching writing in the social sciences and other interdisciplinary programs.  More broadly, Writing Specialists are engaged in creating and implementing writing and communication programs that fully honor the mission of Bates College, especially with regard to engaging “the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action.” Support for students includes one-on-one and group tutoring in writing, especially of senior thesis writers, along with some mentoring of peer tutors.  Writing Specialists are consultants for faculty teaching writing concerning issues of course and assignment design.  They also lead faculty and student workshops.  Faculty may also seek support from writing specialists on their own scholarly writing. These positions also offer support for students’ work with oral communication.  The people in these positions are proactive about outreach to students and faculty about writing across the Bates curriculum and work enthusiastically as a team with the Director and the other Writing Specialists.


The ideal applicant will have a PhD in a social sciences discipline with substantial academic/profession experience in composition studies, writing centers, and/or writing across the curriculum, OR a Ph.D in rhetoric/composition, English, or related field with substantial academic background (e.g., Masters degree, publication record) in the social sciences. Other combinations of degrees and experience will be considered.


More information, and application instruction, can be found on Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/30036


Questions can be addressed to dsanford@bates.edu.