MAPH Mentor / Writing Intern

Apr 28, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Established in 1996, the University of Chicago's Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) serves a diverse community of students engaged in innovative intellectual work that draws on the remarkable resources of the Humanities Division at Chicago. A shared commitment to rigorous humanistic inquiry the dual cornerstones of which are the MAPH Core course and the thesis, creates a strong sense of fellowship among MAPH students. The array of projects, academic interests, and backgrounds our students bring to the program fosters a rich conversation that makes MAPH a uniquely engrossing academic environment. A glance at past MAPH thesis titles reveals the intellectual and creative diversity of the program as well as our commitment to supporting forward-looking, interdisciplinary graduate-level work in the humanities.

Unit Job Summary: This position has two distinct roles, one as a writing intern and one as a mentor in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH). In general, the position teaches and supports academic and professional writing and writing pedagogy, and assists with the day-to-day operations. As an intern, s/he works as a teaching assistant in the Humanities Common Core for first-year students in the College; collaborates with the faculty instructor, attends class sessions, reads, comments on, and grades student papers and teaches academic writing techniques in small seminar groups. Organizes a Humanities Colloquium for Core students and edits the Colloquium's journal. As a MAPH mentor, collaborates with MAPH staff to build community among current MAPH students and ensures the smooth running of the program; advises students by providing personal, academic, and professional guidance for current MAPH students; edits the MAPH newsletter; plans and executes all program-wide events, large and small; performs administrative duties that support writing instruction, student mentoring; other duties as assigned. All mentors work in the office for at least 10 hours/week (not including social hours and special events, so it's often more). The scheduling of these hours depends on the mentor's teaching obligations and on the needs of the MAPH staff. Training: Mentors attend a ten-week training workshop for new Writing Interns in the Humanities Common Core. The workshop requires about five hours per week in class and about three hours per week of preparation. Training for the MAPH mentor position, and preparation for the coming academic year will take place on the job. Employment Status: This is a one-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position which begins July 1 and ends June 30.

Unit Education: Master's degree in a Humanistic field required. Undergraduate coursework in a Humanistic field preferred

Unit Experience: Experience taking graduate-level courses required Teaching experience preferred Experience advising students preferred Experience planning and executing events preferred Administrative experience preferred

Unit Job Function Competencies: The following competencies are required: Extensive knowledge of the MAPH program Ability to attend a 10-week training course Ability to write academic papers Ability to read primary and secondary texts in the Humanities Ability to collaborate with faculty Ability to critique academic writing Ability to teach Ability to edit Ability to coach Ability to evaluate programs and curricula Ability to be flexible Ability to react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during conflicts and emergencies A demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts fairly and diplomatically Excellent interpersonal skills including outstanding judgment, discretion, and a strong ethical approach to decision-making Ability to maintain confidentiality Ability to work most Friday evenings and an occasional weekend Knowledge of program subject matter Computational, analytical problem-solving, and organizational skills A mentor should be mature, creative, patient, approachable, flexible, detail-oriented, informed about the University of Chicago and the program, and committed to the value of MAPH.

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