About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
About the Opportunity: The College of Professional Studies (CPS) at Northeastern University invites applications for a part-time Writing Specialist in CPS Online Writing Laboratory (OWL).
The CPS OWL functions as a 1-credit lab course attached to English and other CPS courses. Through sophisticated feedback that follows best practices in the teaching of writing and composition, OWL functions to give students individual coaching to improve their writing skills. OWL functions as a practicum where students can submit drafts, receive praise and strategies for improvement to revise and edit their writing, and then submit final drafts for grading to the accompanying course. OWL has the potential to expand into other programs to help students improve their writing skills.
The Writing Specialist may be assigned to a OWL associated with undergraduate 1st year English courses or an intensive writing course associated with the graduate program in Organizational Communications.
Responsibilities: This part-time staff member will lead OWL Labs attached to English and other courses throughout the academic year and will work with the program office on administrative issues. Actual number of OWL sections assigned may vary with other responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to the following:
Leading OWL Labs Attached to English and other courses.
Participate in an extensive 6-week online training course for writing specialists prior to assignment to courses.
Respond to student writing by writing letters of analysis to each individual student who submits drafts to the OWL. Assign a grade of U or S at the end of each term to participating students.
Collaborate and communicate with faculty assigned to the courses that the OWL labs accompany.
Make recommendations for additions to, or upgrading of, curriculum, course materials regarding response to writing, textbooks, and online resources for use in the OWL.
Share course materials and insights with other writing specialists.
Maintain technological proficiency in Northeastern University's online platform; i.e., Blackboard and the OWL labs, and use this proficiency to communicate with students and faculty.
Keep up to date and in contact with local employer and faculty members regarding appropriateness of course/program content and student issues of concern; e.g., plagiarism.
The position requires an MFA in Creative Writing or Composition, or a MA in English, Communications, or a related field.
3-5 years type of experience working with students in composition courses or other writing courses at the collegiate level. Experience in writing centers strongly desired. Professional writing experience is also desired.
Strong record of teaching excellence and a high-level of student service
Writing Specialists must be versed in the theories of writing as a process; responding to writing through an organized process that encompasses all writing skills, particularly higher order writing skills; and theories which support student autonomy by asking students to respond to and assess their own writing.
Preferred Qualifications: N/A
Salary Grade: 10
This is a part time staff position. This position requires a flexible work schedule that includes required evening hours and the possibility of weekend hours.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.