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STEM Writing Specialist and Lecturer in STEM Writing and Communication

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STEM Writing Specialist and Lecturer in STEM Writing and Communication

Caltech

Job Category: Fulltime Regular
Exempt Overtime Eligible: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The Hixon Writing Center at the California Institute of Technology seeks a STEM Writing Specialist and Lecturer to support the learning of writing and communication in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We seek applicants with academic backgrounds in STEM fields who have advanced knowledge of academic and professional writing and communication in these fields.

This position is pedagogical in focus and has two components. First, the STEM Writing Specialist and Lecturer will work in the Hixon Writing Center under the supervision of the center's director. This work will involve one-to-one tutoring of students, designing and leading workshops on STEM writing, and collaborating with other faculty to support their teaching. Second, this staff member will teach undergraduate technical writing courses determined by campus needs. During the summer, additional assigned duties may include leading support of writers during Caltech's summer research programs, teaching a graduate course in STEM writing, or developing new resources for the Hixon Writing Center.

This full-time, year-round position is anticipated to start September 1, 2024, but it could begin earlier subject to the candidate's availability. Review of applications will begin June 1st, and the position will remain open until filled.

Essential Job Duties
  • Teach STEM writing courses for undergraduates.
  • Tutor undergraduate, graduate student, and post-doctoral writers working in STEM fields one-to-one and in small groups.
  • Develop and lead presentations/workshops for students on topics related to academic writing in STEM fields.
  • Develop resources related to academic STEM writing in response to student needs.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create an inclusive and accessible writing center.
  • Support faculty efforts to improve the teaching and learning of academic writing in STEM courses.
  • Work with peer tutors to support their professional development.
  • Assist in administrative tasks related to program records and assessment, as well as other duties as assigned.

  • Basic Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in a STEM field with demonstrated expertise in STEM writing and communication.
  • Two years of experience writing, reading, and responding to academic writing in STEM disciplines and genres.
  • Experience working one-to-one with college-level writers on academic communication as a T.A., tutor, mentor, or instructor.
  • Experience working with multilingual writers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse population in a collaborative and inclusive environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with limited supervision.

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or significant work toward the degree in a STEM field with demonstrated expertise in STEM writing and communication.
  • Experience teaching college students about academic communication in a classroom or large group environment.
  • Familiarity with scholarship and evidence-based practices on topics relevant to the position (e.g., STEM discourses; writing in the disciplines).
  • Experience with faculty development.
  • Familiarity with best practices in writing center pedagogy.
  • Experience with STEM writing in professional contexts outside academia (industry).

  • Required Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A cover letter that provides an explanation for your interest in the position and an overview of your relevant experience.
  • A teaching statement that details your approach to working with students in STEM, including a focus on your work creating inclusive learning environments.
  • A writing sample that represents your own work as a writer. (Please provide a text previously written or published, not composed for this occasion).
  • Names and contact information for three references. Finalists' references will be called, rather than receiving requests to provide letters.


  • To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://hr.caltech.edu/work/job_openings

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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    Organization

    Caltech is located in Pasadena, California, approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Highly regarded as one of the world's premiere institutions of science and engineering, the California Institute of Technology is home to some of the world's brightest students and faculty, who share the mission of investigating "the most challenging fundamental problems in science and technology."  Caltech, a small, focused institution, provides one of the best student-to-faculty ratios (3:1) and has long promoted innovative interdisciplinary collaboration. Researchers here investigate some of the world's most challenging problems, and students enjoy virtually unlimited research opportunities and close interaction with faculty. The Institute's faculty and alumni have received 32 Nobel Prizes.

    The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.

    Research and Education

    Academic Divisions

    • Biology
    • Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
    • Engineering & Applied Science
    • Geological & Planetary Sciences
    • Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

    Additionally, CalTech offers 26 academic options (programs) at 35 cross-disciplinary research institutes and centers.

    CalTech is home to approximately 300 professorial faculty and more than 600 research scholars.  Caltech’s extraordinary scientists and engineers focus on the most difficult scientific and societal problems, forging breakthroughs, improving lives, and launching new fields, technologies, and industries.

    With a 3:1 student-faculty ratio, 978 undergraduate students and 1,253 graduate students attend CalTech.  98% of CalTech’s 2011-2012 student body placed in the top tenth of their high school graduating class.

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