Graduate Student & Postdoc Opportunities

Recent Rice PhDs and graduate students may apply for roles as Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows, Graduate Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and CWOVC Consultants (see next paragraph). These opportunities will provide valuable teaching and consulting experience and improve communication skills.

Applications for CWOVC communication consultants are accepted during the first half of each spring semester. Questions about this program may be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Festa at eaf2@rice.edu.

The application deadline to teach in the FWIS program during the 2017-18 academic year is Sunday, February 12, 2017. To apply, candidates should submit electronically the application materials to Ms. Elaine Chang, PWC Program Coordinator (ElaineChang@rice.edu). For more information about the opportunities below, please contact Dr. David Messmer, Assistant Director of FWIS Program (dmessmer@rice.edu).

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Graduate Instructors Teaching Assistants
Responsibilities Design and teach two FWIS courses each semester; work on special projects for the CWOVC and PWC. View the 2017 call for teaching fellowships. Design and teach one or two FWIS courses. View the 2017 call for graduate instructors. Work with faculty to support writing and communication portions of a FWIS; attend class and take responsibility for some grading. View the 2017 call for teaching assistants.
Eligibility Individuals from any academic discipline who earned a PhD from Rice within the previous two years, and have prior teaching experience at a four-year college or university. Experience teaching writing or communication intensive courses is preferred. Individuals from any academic discipline in their fourth year of graduate study or beyond, in good academic standing, and making progress toward their degree. They must have prior teaching experience at a college or university. Individuals in good academic standing and making progress toward their degree.
Term Full-time, benefits eligible employment limited to a two-year, non-renewable contract. One semester. One semester.
Application Materials & Selection Process Application must include: cover letter; CV; scholarly writing sample; two letters of recommendation (at least of one of which should address the candidate’s teaching experience and ability); Progress Toward Degree form; proposals for two FWIS courses; and teaching evaluations (recommended, not required).

Select applicants are interviewed. Applicants are evaluated based on the quality of their interview and FWIS proposals, teaching record and experience, demonstrated promise for teaching writing, and recommendations.
Application must include: cover letter; CV; scholarly writing sample; two letters of recommendation (at least of one of which should address the candidate’s teaching experience and ability); Progress Toward Degree form; proposals for two FWIS courses; and teaching evaluations (recommended, not required).

Applicants are judged based on the quality of their FWIS proposals, teaching record and experience, demonstrated promise for teaching writing, and recommendations.
Application must include: cover letter; CV; scholarly writing sample; one letter of recommendation; and Progress Toward Degree form.

Applicants are judged based on the quality of their teaching experience, promise for teaching writing, and recommendation.
Training A required week-long training workshop is facilitated by the CWOVC in May. A modest stipend is provided.
Reporting Structure Fellows report to the PWC director and are evaluated through the usual course evaluation process, classroom observation, and interviews with the director. Instructors report to the assistant director of the FWIS program and are evaluated through the usual course evaluation process, classroom observation, and interviews with the assistant director. TAs report to the PWC director and are evaluated via specially-designed TA evaluations distributed to FWIS faculty and students.
Salary $38,000 and benefits. $7,500 per FWIS, plus a tuition award for those who are not eligible for a tuition waiver (for the semester in which the FWIS is taught). $3,000 per FWIS, plus a tuition award for those who are not eligible for a tuition waiver (for the semester in which the FWIS is taught).
Visa Considerations Please contact Rice's Office of International Students and Scholars to review your situation.