Instructor in the Writing Center

Kazakhstan (KZ) - Astana
Sep 05, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Humanities & Social Sciences (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University invites applications for Instructors in the Writing Center. The Writing Center is in the process of expanding to serve the wider university community, and we are looking for candidates who want to work with motivated students and contribute to our developing program. Successful candidates will be expected to teach first year composition and/or public speaking courses, as well as discipline specific writing courses at intermediate and advanced levels. Instructors will also serve as tutors in the Writing Center, and may teach Communication courses or be involved in developing courses and workshops to support other undergraduate schools, graduate programs, and faculty across the university.

Essential Qualifications

  • A Masters degree in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Teaching English, Science Writing, Professional/Technical Writing, Communications, or related fields
  • 3+ years of experience teaching writing at a tertiary level
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • An appreciation for flexibility in a developing context
  • An interest in continuing professional development

Preference will be given to applicants with experience working in international settings and expertise in teaching writing for STEM disciplines or teaching Communication courses.

This is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference including at least one from someone who can address the candidate's teaching abilities. Enquiries and applications should be directed to Please send all materials as attachments. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

We anticipate hiring candidates to begin in January 2018 and August 2018. Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled. Complete applications received by 15 September 2017 will receive fullest consideration for January 2018 hires. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. 

Nazarbayev University was launched in 2010 as a premier national and regional university, partnering with some of the most internationally recognized names in Higher Education. The strategic partner of the SHSS is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Admission to NU is highly competitive, and the student body is selected from the top high schools throughout the country and region. Most students participate in a foundation year program, and thus enter the School of Humanities and Social Sciences with extensive English language training and academic preparation. SHSS programs emphasize student-oriented learning, with small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio of about 12:1. All classes are taught in English. 

Nazarbayev University offers an attractive benefits package, including: 
competitive compensation; 
housing based on family size and rank; 
relocation allowance; 
air tickets to home country, twice per year; 
no-cost medical insurance, with global coverage; 
educational allowance for children.