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Graduate Student Employment Opportunities

Apply for positions in the CAPC and the FWIS program

GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FWIS Program Positions

Current Rice PhD candidates may apply to be graduate instructors and writing coaches in the FWIS program. At the time of application writing coaches must be in or beyond their first 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 2022-23 academic year is Sunday, February 20, 2022. Graduate instructor candidates should electronically submit the application materials to Ms. Armeshia Love, PWC Program Coordinator. Postdoctoral instructors must apply via imagineOne during the week of January 24, 2022. For more information about the opportunities below, please contact Dr. David Messmer, Director of FWIS.

POSTDOCTORAL INSTRUCTORS

Responsibilities:

Design and teach two FWIS courses each semester and work on special projects for the CAPC and PWC. View the 2022 call for postdoctoral instructors.

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.

Term:

Full-time, benefits-eligible employment limited to a two-year, nonrenewable contract

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). Recommenders should submit letters directly through imagineOne. In addition, submit Progress Toward Degree form, proposals for two FWIS courses and teaching evaluations (recommended but not required). Please apply for this position through imagineOne:

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.

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.

Salary:

$45,000 plus benefits and opportunities to take on additional PWC - related responsibilities for additional pay.

Visa Considerations:

Please contact Rice's Office of International Students and Scholars to review your situation.

GRADUATE INSTRUCTORS

Responsibilities:

Design and teach one or (rare cases) two FWIS courses. View the 2022 call for graduate instructors.

Eligibility:

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.

Term:

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 Armeshia Love at al93@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.

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.

Salary:

$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)

Visa Considerations:

Please contact Rice's Office of International Students and Scholars to review your situation.

WRITING COACHES AND TA POSITIONS

We encourage graduate students in any year of study to apply to our Writing Coach and TA Positions. Both of these positions require a graduate student to support a FWIS or FWIS 100 class. When applying, please indicate in your cover letter whether you would like to be considered for both positions or only one of them.

We typically hire 12-13 Writing Coaches to support sections of FWIS 100 in the Fall (we do not offer FWIS 100 in the Spring). The number of TAs depends on the number of faculty requests we receive, and usually varies between 2-5 per year. Some portion of those will be in the Fall and some in the Spring.

View the complete 2022 call for writing coaches and TAs. View the 2022 call for Writing Coaches and TAs.

Responsibilities:

Writing Coaches - Work with students individually to support and address any weaknesses in their academic writing, communicate regularly with FWIS 100 instructor, and possibly assist with classroom activities.

TAs - FWIS TAs work closely with faculty to support the communication instruction in FWIS courses. TAs should expect to lead roughly two weeks of classes, to grade half of the papers, and to attend most class meetings.

Eligibility:

Both positions are open to individuals in good academic standing and making progress toward their degree.

Term:

Writing Coaches - Fall semester

TAs - One semester (Fall or Spring)

Application Materials & Selection Process:

Application must include cover letter, CV, scholarly writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Ask recommender to send letter directly to Armeshia Love at al93@rice.edu.

We evaluate applicants on the quality of their teaching experience, promise for teaching writing, and recommendation.

Training:

Writing Coaches - A required training seminar facilitated by the FWIS 100 Director during the summer. Attendees are paid an hourly rate.

TAs - A required week-long training workshop is facilitated in August every year by the FWIS director with support from the CAPC. A modest stipend is provided.

Salary:

Writing Coaches - $16/hour for 5-10 hours each week of the semester

TAs - $3000

Visa Considerations:

Please contact Rice's Office of International Students and Scholars to review your situation.

GRADUATE COMMUNICATION CONSULTANTS

Current Rice PhD students and M.Arch students may apply for roles as communication consultants.

The Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC) is now beginning the graduate consultant hiring cycle for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Our graduate student consultants support a wide range of communication endeavors in all disciplines and at all levels of study (undergrad through post-doc). The CAPC provides consultations on oral, written, and visual communication projects. We are committed to having a consultant staff that is representative of the culturally and linguistically diverse student body at Rice. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds and disciplines to apply, including STEM, Social Sciences, and the Humanities.

Responsibilities:

Consultants provide one-on-one academic support to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as assist in various ongoing CAPC communication projects.

Eligibility:

All current Rice PhD students and M.Arch students are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials & Selection Process:

The online application consists of a brief questionaire, as well as submitting an academic writing sample (seminar paper, journal publication, etc.) and a CV.

https://riceuniversity.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aaUMdoe0TWntO5w

Training:

All consultants attend a 2-day orientation prior to the start of the fall semester, as well as ongoing professional development and trainings throughout the semester. We are especially committed to the professional development of our graduate students and many of the projects that we ask them to support will also benefit them as they enter the job market.

Salary:

Starting at $15/hr for 3-hours per week (minimum)

For further information about CAPC consultant positions, please email Dr. Jacob Herrmann, Assistant Director of the CAPC.

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Contact Rice's Program in Writing and
Communication (PWC) or the Center for
Academic & Professional Communication (CAPC).