Published on January 27, 2022

The Engineering Communications Program (ECP), in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, NY, USA, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position. This non-tenure track position, teaching engineering communications, is a nine-month position, appointed three to five years, with possible renewal. This is not a remote or online position.

The teaching commitment is comparable to a 2/2 load. For the first year, it is predicted that the newly-hired faculty will teach a regular fall session (Fall 2022) of two 3-credit courses, with spring teaching TBD. Ideally, thereafter, the successful candidate will teach one section of either of the program’s core 3-credit courses, ENGRC 3350: Organizational Communications for Engineers or ENGRC 3500: Engineering Communications.

In addition, this addition to the Engineering Communications Program will join existing and/or create new teaching partnerships with faculty from a range of courses in the various engineering disciplines. Through these teaching partnerships, ECP staff help interested engineering faculty to embed written, oral, visual, and electronic communications into their courses and assist in instruction, e.g., designing assignments and responding to and assessing student work. Therefore, our preferred candidate will be interested in and excited to work across disciplines in the College of Engineering to form and grow these partnerships. An interest in communications labs is a plus.

There is an expectation that this person will also contribute to developing and enhancing the pedagogical innovations and visibility of ECP. This may happen in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following: professional presentations via relevant conferences or other venues, publishing peer-reviewed articles, or conducting workshops for industry representatives or interested faculty and students at the College or University levels. Finally, there is an added  expectation of light administrative duties.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates that have a Ph.D. (preferred) or Master’s degree  (the minimal requirement) in one of these areas:

  • Technical Communication
  • Professional Communication
  • Science Communication
  • Applied Linguistics with a specialization in Professional and Academic Discourse
  • Related degree with a focus on communication with competencies in teaching oral presentations and multimodal artifacts

Additional Desired Qualifications

Experience teaching engineering communications at the college level is important. Additional preferred areas of expertise are Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC or CXC), Communication in the Disciplines (CID), Genre Studies, and Multimodal Communication. Applicants with interdisciplinary teaching experience (especially in engineering) and experience identifying and serving the instructional needs of faculty in various technical fields are highly desirable.

The position and program are a good fit for teacher-scholars interested in cross-disciplinary instruction in engineering communications. ECP encourages teacher-research in this area, particularly as it contributes to the program and enhances communication instruction across engineering disciplines. Funds are available to support the presentation and/or publication of such teacher-research.

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