Writing Instructor & Writing Studies Specialist

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Jacobson Center Job Description

Job Summary

As a Writing Instructor: Teach writing to a variety of students in the classroom and in individual counseling sessions at the Jacobson Center.

As Writing Studies Specialist: Provide institutional expertise on the theory and practice of teaching writing for academic and public purposes.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Classroom teaching (33%)

Teach two writing courses per year.

Writing Instructor (33%)

Serve as a writing instructor (meeting with students to discuss and review writing assignments) for scheduled half-hour intervals at the Jacobson Center. Sessions will focus on student requests that range from help in developing a thesis statement to reviewing consistency of voice in graduate-level work.

Faculty development and support (20%)

Play a leadership role in formulating faculty development related to the teaching of writing. Consult with, advise, and support faculty in the disciplines on pedagogical strategies that enhance the mission of the College with regard to writing instruction.

Other Functions

Jacobson Center projects (14%)

Participate in timely Jacobson Center projects, for example, the development of curricular and other pedagogical materials on writing, and the development, implementation, and analysis of writing assessments. Contribute to the Writing Enriched Curriculum program.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

MA in Writing Studies or an equivalent field; experience teaching college-level writing courses; experience teaching writing in a writing center; familiarity with the literature and resources on teaching writing in a wide vareity of classroom settings; knowledge of writing assessment methodologies.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with public-facing writing best practices and publication platforms. Familiarity with the mission of a women's college.


Excellent communication, writing, organizational, and teamwork skills. Experience with Windows, Google suite, and electronic classroom management systems, like Moodle.

Additional Information

This is a two-year, academic year, limited term appointment.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

May 7, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade K Exempt

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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