Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship
Composition, Business/Technical Communication, and Digital Pedagogy
Application deadline for optimal consideration: November 1, 2023
The Writing and Communication Program (WCP) in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech invites applications for the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, starting January 1, 2024. This three-year fellowship includes service, research, and a 3/3 teaching assignment in first-year composition or business/technical communication. Within programmatic outcomes related to rhetoric, process, and multimodality, Fellows integrate their own research interests into the courses they teach.
In addition to full faculty benefits, including health insurance, retirement, and research support, Brittain Fellows receive preparation in and support for further development of multimodal pedagogy via the Digital Pedagogy Postdoctoral Seminar. Brittain Fellows also benefit from other support activities and services, including the postdoctoral seminar in technical communication and job market support for both academic and nonacademic positions.
Georgia Tech prides itself on its technological resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to building an outstanding and diverse community of learning, discovery, and creation. We strongly encourage applicants whose values align with our institutional values, as outlined in our Strategic Plan. These values include academic excellence, diversity of thought and experience, inquiry and innovation, collaboration and community, and ethical behavior and stewardship. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.
Brittain Fellow positions include these responsibilities:
- teach three courses of first-year composition or business/technical communication per semester
- pursue scholarly research and/or creative work
- serve on Writing and Communication Program committees
- attend new Brittain Fellow orientation and required postdoctoral seminars
Ph.D. in rhetoric, composition, business/technical communication, literature, film, visual rhetoric/design, or other humanities fields must be conferred by January 1, 2024. Ph.D. must have been conferred within the last five years. Candidates should have university-level experience teaching writing and communication courses (e.g., first-year composition, business or technical communication, writing-intensive courses).
We are particularly interested in qualified applicants with research or teaching expertise related to any of the following areas:
- Inclusive teaching and learning
- Global Englishes or English Language Learning
- Literary and rhetorical traditions of under-represented groups
- Writing center studies expertise/tutoring experience
- Technical communication, business communication, and communication in STEM disciplines/professions
First-year Brittain Fellow base salary is $58,635, with the salary increasing for the second and third years of the fellowship.
Interested and qualified individuals should apply by submitting a curriculum vita, a letter of application that specifically addresses their qualifications to work in a multimodal writing program, and a list of three references by November 1, 2023 for optimal consideration. Review of applications will continue until all vacant positions are filled.
Requests for information may be directed to Search Chair Andy Frazee at firstname.lastname@example.org. An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to beginning employment.
About Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with numerous economic and cultural strengths. The Institute serves more than 45,000 students through top-ranked undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs in engineering, computing, science, business, design, and liberal arts. Georgia Tech’s faculty attracted more than $1.4 billion in research awards this past year in fields ranging from biomedical technology to artificial intelligence, energy, sustainability, semiconductors, neuroscience, and national security. Georgia Tech ranks among the nation’s top 20 universities for research and development spending and No. 1 among institutions without a medical school.
Georgia Tech’s Mission and Values
Georgia Tech’s mission is to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. The Institute has nine key values that are foundational to everything we do:
- Students are our top priority.
- We strive for excellence.
- We thrive on diversity.
- We celebrate collaboration.
- We champion innovation.
- We safeguard freedom of inquiry and expression.
- We nurture the wellbeing of our community.
- We act ethically.
- We are responsible stewards.
Over the next decade, Georgia Tech will become an example of inclusive innovation, a leading technological research university of unmatched scale, relentlessly committed to serving the public good; breaking new ground in addressing the biggest local, national, and global challenges and opportunities of our time; making technology broadly accessible; and developing exceptional, principled leaders from all backgrounds ready to produce novel ideas and create solutions with real human impact.
About the Writing and Communication Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology
A unit of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC), WCP teaches over 6,000 students a year in first-year composition, business/technical communication, research writing, and learning support. Committed to excellent teaching and faculty professional development, WCP is the winner of the 2020 Georgia Tech Diversity Champion Award, the 2021 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award, and the 2021-22 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence.
Current Brittain Fellows have recently received their Ph.D.s from more than 25 universities. Their degrees represent diverse disciplines: literature, writing studies, technical and business communication, creative writing, film studies, performance studies, cultural studies, and related fields. Brittain Fellow alumni hold academic and professional positions in universities and industries around the world. In 2021-22,17 Brittain Fellows found full-time jobs in tenure-track, continuing non-tenure-track, and business positions.
Information about the Brittain Fellowship, including application information, course descriptions, program philosophy, and current Fellow profiles can be found at https://wcprogram.lmc.gatech.edu/
Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.
Georgia Tech is a member of the University System of Georgia (USG), where every member of the community is required to adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values – Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect – that form and guide the daily work of the organization. USG and its institutions foster an environment where all members of the USG community are free to share ideas and opinions. Learn more about Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression.
Applications should be submitted at the University System of Georgia Careers site.
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