Employment Opportunities

Conference Planning Committee Spring 2022

We are seeking four outstanding, engaged citizens of UConn’s First-Year Writing Program to become a part of this year’s Conference Planning Committee (CPC) for UConn’s 17th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. You can view information about last year’s conference, UConn’s 14th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, here.

Work for the Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8, on UConn’s Hartford campus.  Preparation work for these events will take place from mid-December 2021 (planning meeting) through the Spring 2022 term for 30-40 hours total, depending on position.

In sum:

  • The full Conference Planning Committee will be composed of 8 members: 
    • the Director of First-Year Writing (Lisa Blansett)
    • Coordinator of Second-Language Writing (Oliver Hiob); 
    • Assistant Directors of FYW (Kathryn Warrender-Hill and Chris Bolster); 
    • and 4 additional CPC  members.
  • The 4 additional members of the CPC will work approximately 30-40 hours between mid-December 2021 (one 2-hour planning meeting) through Spring 2022 term. Compensation is $750 (equivalent to $25 per hour) for the full term of work, or $1000 for the Director of the CPC.

Application Criteria:

  • Any instructor of FYW, graduate student or adjunct, is eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrated engagement with the FYW program.
  • Completed MA-level coursework.
  • Approval from dissertation advisor for work  overload.
  • Preferred qualification: event planning experience (formal or informal) and/or high-level organizational skills.

Applications should:

  • Be no longer than one single-spaced page (under 500 words)
  • Highlight the applicant’s interest in the teaching of writing more generally and/or in antiracist and equitable teaching practices.
  • Highlight a few of the applicant’s particular skills or strengths according to one of the categories listed in the document linked below. Please consult the roles given at the end of this document and highlight strengths you feel would fit one of those roles.

Please review the full Application Call document for more details and for a description of the four possible roles.

Conference Planning Committee Application Submission

  • Application letters should be no longer than one single-spaced page (under 500 words). See the call for applications for more details.
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    Below you’ll find a list of special opportunities for working with FYW in the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Questions can be directed to firstyearwriting@uconn.edu.

    Summer Teaching Applications

    Summer Teaching: Student-Athlete Success Program: ENGL 1007 

    The Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP—formerly CPIA) invites applications for an instructor to teach a section of English 1007. The program features tutorial support, and students take an additional study skills component coordinated with their English course. 

    All FYW classes this summer will be online. Instructors will be teaching a summer version of the 1007 HuskyCT template that ran during summer 2020 and will be able to update it with activities or assignments from the 20-21 academic year baseline. In addition to the asynchronous activities in the template, 1007 courses will  have two, 50-minute scheduled synchronous sessions per week, one for the Seminar and one for the Studio. Much like the Spring 2021 semester, the synchronous sessions for the seminar portion of the course will be optional. Studio synchronous sessions are not optional. 

    This class is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. 

    Synchronous Times: Tue/Thu 1:00-2:00 PM 

    Dates of Employment: Approximately June 21–July 30 2021

    Stipend: Approximately $6,000 (equivalent to adjunct pay for a four-credit course) - pay is distributed by Summer Programs 

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing who has already attended a 1007 orientation or taught 1007 in the past. 

    How to Apply: By Monday, April 12 at 5 PM, via the form on our website, please submit a letter of interest, a sample synchronous lesson plan and an example of a class email in which you synthesize feedback on student’s work (initial or revised draft). In your letter of interest, describe how your sample lesson plan and feedback helps students engage with the course moves and learning objectives of the course.

     

    Summer Teaching: Alt Session 1: ENGL 1007

    All FYW classes this summer will be online. Instructors will be teaching a summer version of the 1007 HuskyCT template that ran during summer 2020 and will be able to update it with activities or assignments from the 20-21 academic year baseline. In addition to the asynchronous activities in the template, 1007 courses will  have two, 50-minute scheduled synchronous sessions per week, one for the Seminar and one for the Studio. Much like the Spring 2021 semester, the synchronous sessions for the seminar portion of the course will be optional. Studio synchronous sessions are not optional. 

    This class is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. 

    Synchronous Times: Tue/Thu 9:00-10:00 AM

    Dates of Employment: July 12–August 20 2021 

    Stipend: Approximately $6,000 (equivalent to adjunct pay for a four-credit course) - pay is distributed by Summer Programs 

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing 

    How to Apply: By Monday, April 12 at 5 PM, via the form on our website, please submit a letter of interest, a sample synchronous lesson plan and an example of a class email in which you synthesize feedback on student’s work (initial or revised draft). In your letter of interest, describe how your sample lesson plan and feedback helps students engage with the course moves and learning objectives of the course. 

     

    Summer Teaching: Alt Session 2: ENGL 1007

    All FYW classes this summer will be online. Instructors will be teaching a summer version of the 1007 HuskyCT template that ran during summer 2020 and will be able to update it with activities or assignments from the 20-21 academic year baseline. In addition to the asynchronous activities in the template, 1007 courses will  have two, 50-minute scheduled synchronous sessions per week, one for the Seminar and one for the Studio. Much like the Spring 2021 semester, the synchronous sessions for the seminar portion of the course will be optional. Studio synchronous sessions are not optional. 

    This class is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. 

    Synchronous Times: Mon/Wed 9:00-10:00 AM 

    Dates of Employment: July 12–August 20 2021 

    Stipend: Approximately $6,000 (equivalent to adjunct pay for a four-credit course) - pay is distributed by Summer Programs 

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing 

    How to Apply: By Monday, April 12 at 5 PM, via the form on our website, please submit a letter of interest, a sample synchronous lesson plan and an example of a class email in which you synthesize feedback on student’s work (initial or revised draft). In your letter of interest, describe how your sample lesson plan and feedback helps students engage with the course moves and learning objectives of the course. 

     

    Summer Teaching: Alt Session 1: ENGL 1004

    All FYW classes this summer will be online. Instructors will be teaching a summer version of the 1004 HuskyCT template but will be able to update it with activities or assignments from the 20-21 academic year baseline.. In addition to the asynchronous activities in the template, 1004 courses will  have two, 50-minute scheduled synchronous sessions per week. Much like the Spring 2021 semester, the synchronous sessions for the seminar will be optional.

    This class is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. 

    Synchronous Sessions: Tue/Thu 9:00-10:00 AM 

    Dates of Employment: June 1 - July 9 2021

    Stipend: Approximately $6,000 (equivalent to adjunct pay for a four-credit course) - pay is distributed by Summer Programs 

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing who has already attended a 1004 orientation or taught 1004 in the past. 

    How to Apply: By Monday, April 12 at 5 PM, via the form on our website, please submit a letter of interest, a sample synchronous lesson plan and an example of a class email in which you synthesize feedback on student’s work (initial or revised draft). In your letter of interest, describe how your sample lesson plan and feedback helps students engage with the course moves and learning objectives of the course. 

     

    Summer Teaching: Alt Session 2: ENGL 1003

    All FYW classes this summer will be online. Instructors will be teaching a summer version of the 1003 HuskyCT template, but will be able to update it with activities or assignments from the 20-21 academic year baseline. In addition to the asynchronous activities in the template, 1003 courses will  have two, 50-minute scheduled synchronous sessions per week. Much like the Spring 2021 semester, the synchronous sessions for the seminar portion of the course will be optional.

    This class is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. 

    Synchronous Times: Mon/Wed 9:00-10:00 AM 

    Dates of Employment: July 12–August 20 2021 

    Stipend: Approximately $6,000 (equivalent to adjunct pay for a four-credit course) - pay is distributed by Summer Programs 

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing who has already attended a 1003 orientation or taught 1003 in the past. 

    How to Apply: By Monday, April 12 at 5 PM, via the form on our website, please submit a letter of interest, a sample synchronous lesson plan and an example of a class email in which you synthesize feedback on student’s work (initial or revised draft). In your letter of interest, describe how your sample lesson plan and feedback helps students engage with the course moves and learning objectives of the course.

    Summer Teaching Submission

    New Instructor Training Workshop Team

    New Instructor Training Workshop Team 

    First-Year Writing is seeking applicants who have shown a sustained engagement with our program's pedagogical goals and who seek to collaborate with other engaged instructors to support our program as a whole. 

    Dates of Employment: Applicants must be available for a planning meeting in May and the week of August 23rdApplicants must also be available for regular weekly meetings and synchronous collaboration throughout the summer, averaging 10 hours per week beginning in late June. If you’re applying and you know you will be traveling or unable to participate in meetings at some point over the summer, indicate this in your letter so that we can plan the summer schedule accordingly. 

    StipendEstimated $2,650 over 8 weeks beginning in late June (80 hours total)

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing may apply 

    How to apply: By Wednesday, February 17 at 5 PM, submit to the form on our website a one-to-two-page letter of interest that explains your qualifications and articulates how you envision and would shape the New Instructor Training Workshop. Your letter should demonstrate familiarity with the pedagogy and goals of the program, such as the course moves, as well as familiarity with the recent developments in the New Instructor Training Workshop materials and programming.  

    Those on the New Instructor Training Workshop Team will share work in the following areas: 

    • Plan New Instructor Training Workshop
    • Create and facilitate pedagogy workshop for returning instructors
    • Develop comprehensive support documents and instructional materials for instructors
    • Revise existing support documents and instructional materials for instructors

    New Instructor Training Workshop Team

    Program and Curriculum Development Team, Summer 2021

     

    Program and Curriculum Development Team 

    First-Year Writing is looking for applicants who will work closely with the First-Year Writing administration on program developments projects during Summer 2021. These positions are contingent on securing funding.

    Dates of EmploymentApplicants must be available for a planning meeting in May and for regular weekly meetings and synchronous collaboration throughout the summer, averaging 10 hours per week beginning in late June. If you’re applying and you know you will be traveling or unable to participate in meetings at some point over the summer, indicate this in your letter so we can plan accordingly. 

    Stipend: Estimated $3,300 total over 10 weeks beginning late June (100 hours total)

    Eligibility: Any active instructor of First-Year Writing may apply 

    How to Apply: By Wednesday, February 17 at 5 PM, submit to the form on our website a one- to two-page letter of interest that explains your qualifications and articulates how you envision and would shape the First-Year Writing program and curriculum. Your letter should demonstrate familiarity with the pedagogy and goals of the program, such as the course moves, as well as familiarity with recent developments in New Instructor Training Workshop materials and programming. 

    Those on the Program and Curriculum Development team will have overlapping responsibilities and collaborate with First-Year Writing in the following areas: 

    • Revise ENGL-1007 baseline syllabus from online to face-to-face instruction
    • Continue curriculum revisions of ENGL1-1004
    • Develop peer instructional support
    • Develop a Guided Placement Survey (GPS) for regional campuses

      Program and Curriculum Development Team Submission

      FYW Assistant Director Academic Year 2021-2022

      FYW Assistant Director AY 2021-2022 and Summer 2021 (one opening) 

      Assistant Directors (ADs) contribute to the Storrs campus First-Year Writing ProgramThe ADs provide teaching support for instructors and administrative support, while helping to articulate and advance program visions for the teaching of first-year writing. This is an excellent opportunity for professional development through contributing to the workings of a major day-to-day program at a large university. The ADs: 

      • consult regularly with instructors about assignment development, grading, academic integrity, and in-class work; 
      • develop support materials for instructors in the program, which in the past have included the FYW website, the Instructor Resource Book and Introduction Week workshops, weekly digest emails, and professional development workshops; 
      • work on curriculum assessments and research studies; 
      • assist in developing the new curriculum, particularly the one-credit studio and its online modules; 
      • co-direct the annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing 
      • conduct on-going research in multimodal composition, digital literacy, and Writing Studies broadly 

      As an assistantship, this is a 20-hour per week position, typically held by graduate students out of coursework. The majority of those hours are spent in the office, including attendance at a weekly staff meeting, and in development meetings. Some hours may be spent checking email over the weekend. We encourage applicants to highlight experience or interest in multimodal composition, digital literacy, the new curriculum, faculty/teaching development, and/or administration, and an interest in research in these areas. 

      Assistant Directors often go on to successfully pursue careers in Writing Program Administration, writing instruction, general education oversight, and university administration.

      The Assistant Director must also be available for 20 hours a week for a Summer 2021 position to work on the program and research, especially the week of August 23. 

      Eligibility: Any UConn English graduate student eligible for a twenty-hour assistantship 

      How to Apply: Submit a brief letter of interest and CV to the employment section of our website by Wednesday, February 17th at 5 PM. Interviews will take place over Zoom shortly after. 

      Assistant Director Academic Year 2021-2022