Lecturer in Technical Communications
Mechanical Engineering - Cockrell School of Engineering - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX
Open: Jul 15, 2015 • Close: Aug 31, 2018
Responsible for teaching the undergraduate class ME 333T Engineering Communication, which is a required course in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. The instructor will be responsible for preparing the syllabus for this course in collaboration with other ME faculty and with technical communication instructors within the Cockrell School of Engineering. The instructor will be responsible for preparing and presenting lectures for all sections of the course, and training and overseeing TA's for the course. This is a nine month appointment with an option to teach summer sessions. Interactions with senior level writing component courses and graduate students are encouraged.
Course Description: ME 333T is a course designed to teach written and oral communication of technical material. Particular attention is placed on organizing and evaluating data; drafting, and composing written documents; making clear and persuasive oral presentations; and composing effective arguments. Enrollment in the course is approximately 180 each regular semester, and is taught with two full time lecturers. The class is taught using two weekly lectures (with nominally 45 students each) and 6-10 weekly workshops (with nominally 15 students each and taught by one of the 6 TA's assigned to the course).
The University of Texas at Austin values its non-tenure-track faculty and has developed a career path for lecturers that includes opportunities for promotions to levels up to Professor of Instruction. For more information about the curriculum and Department, applicants are encouraged to visit the ME website at: http://www.me.utexas.edu/.
MS/MA required, PhD preferred in English, Technical Writing, Rhetoric, Communication, or a related field. Should have at least two years' experience teaching college level courses in technical communication, including written and oral communication.
Should have experience in technical areas including interaction with students and/or professionals in engineering or scientific areas. Preferred experience includes communication via online social media, online teleconferencing, online and multi-media instruction methods, and global/international communication. Experience in teaching professional ethics is also preferred.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and contact information for three (3) letters of recommendation.
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