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Graduate Student Employment Opportunities

Apply for positions in the CAPC and the FWIS program

Graduate Student Employment Opportunities

Current Rice PhD students may apply for roles as CAPC communication consultants. We accept applications for CAPC consultants during the first half of each spring semester. We welcome candidates from all schools and disciplines, especially those who are early in their program of study. Questions about these positions may be directed to Ms. Kyung-Hee Bae, Director of the CAPC. Consultants will gain useful teaching skills and also will hone their own communication skills.

Current Rice PhD candidates may apply to be graduate instructors and teaching assistants in the FWIS program. At the time of application teaching assistants must be in or beyond their third year of study and graduate instructors must be in or beyond their fourth. Recent Rice PhDs may apply for roles as postdoctoral instructors in the FWIS program. These opportunities provide valuable pedagogical training and opportunities for professional development.


The application deadline to teach in the FWIS program during the 2020-21 academic year is Friday, February 7, 2020. Graduate instructor candidates should electronically submit the application materials to Ms. Elaine Chang, PWC Program Coordinator. Postdoctoral instructors must apply via RICEWorks during the week of January 20, 2020. For more information about the opportunities below, please contact Dr. David Messmer, Director of FWIS.

  Postdoctoral Instructors Graduate Instructors Teaching Assistants
Responsibilities Design and teach two FWIS courses each semester and work on special projects for the CAPC and PWC. View the 2020 call for postdoctoral instructors. Design and teach one or two FWIS courses. View the 2020 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 2020 call for teaching assistants.
Eligibility Open to 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. This position is designed to support recent Rice graduates while they search for a tenure-track position, so candidates should be active in their search. Open to 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. Open to individuals in good academic standing and making progress toward their degree, and who are in or beyond their third year of study.
Term Full-time, benefits-eligible employment limited to a two-year, nonrenewable 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). Ask recommenders to send letters directly to Elaine Chang at ElaineChang@rice.edu. In addition, submit Progress Toward Degree form, proposals for two FWIS courses and teaching evaluations (recommended but not required).
 
Select applicants are interviewed. We evaluate applicants on the quality of their interview and FWIS proposals, teaching record and experience, demonstrated promise for teaching writing, recommendations, and commitment to university- level teaching.
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). Ask recommenders to send letters directly to Elaine Chang at ElaineChang@rice.edu. In addition, submit Progress Toward Degree form, proposals for two FWIS courses and teaching evaluations (recommended but not required).
 
We evaluate applicants 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, and one letter of recommendation. Ask recommender to send letter directly to Elaine Chang at ElaineChang@rice.edu. In addition, submit Progress Toward Degree form.
 
We evaluate applicants on the quality of their teaching experience, promise for teaching writing, and recommendation.
Training A required week-long training workshop is facilitated in May every year by the FWIS director with support from the CAPC. A modest stipend is provided.
Reporting Structure Fellows report to the FWIS director and are evaluated through the usual course evaluation process, classroom observation, and interviews with the director. Instructors report to the FWIS director and are evaluated through the usual course evaluation process, classroom observation, and interviews with the director. TAs report to the FWIS 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.

 

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