Graduate assistantships in the HCWE are intended to provide students with administrative, curricular, consulting, and research experience that can inform their dissertation and thesis projects and help prepare them to be competitive on the national job market. All applicants should be committed to working in a collaborative environment with students and faculty from across the curriculum and representing the HCWE in a professional manner.
Assistantships will be announced in early Spring semester 2017. Applications are due in March 2017.
Positions for Rhetoric and Composition Doctoral Students
Doctoral students will typically be supported by the HCWE for up to three years. Students are encouraged to teach one course each year in the English department in order to gain experience in both teaching and administration. However, the positions can be adapted to meet the student’s needs.
Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center
Assigned tasks may include:
- Attending and assisting with the required course for all writing center consultants
- Assisting in conducting ongoing training seminars for student consultants
- Mentoring undergraduate consultants in carrying out research projects
- Assisting in designing and carrying out targeted assessments of writing center initiatives
- Consulting on a limited basis each week, as needed
This position is designed to provide experience for doctoral students interested in researching and potentially directing writing centers or other writing support programs. The Assistant Director will take a leadership role in the HCWE and attend bi-weekly HCWE staff meetings.
Candidate must have taken ENG 581. Ideally, candidate will have prior experience working in a writing center, and some experience with both online and face-to-face consulting. Candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduate students. Prior experience with multilingual writers would be a plus.
Assistant Director, Howe Writing Across the Curriculum Programs
Assigned tasks may include:
- Assisting the HCWE Director in facilitating the Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Program.
- Providing workshops and one-on-one consultations for faculty on topics such as assignment design and responding to student writing.
- Providing training and oversight of embedded disciplinary consultants.
- Assisting with faculty writing boot camps.
- Assisting with dissertation completion support groups.
- Sitting on the HCWE Local Advisory Board and assisting with review of proposed Advanced Writing courses.
The position is designed to provide experience for doctoral students interested in researching and potentially directing writing across the curriculum programs or other types of writing programs. The student in this role will take a leadership role in the HCWE and attend bi-weekly HCWE staff meetings.
Candidates should have taken at least one composition theory and pedagogy course, either at Miami or at another institution, and should have a successful track record in the classroom. Previous graduate coursework in writing program administration and/or assessment would be helpful.
Position for MA Students
MA students will typically be supported by the HCWE for one year.
Research Assistant, Howe Center for Writing Excellence
This position will work with both the Howe Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum Programs as needed. Assigned tasks may include:
- Conducting library research and writing literature reviews regarding pressing questions faced by the writing center or WAC programs (for example, working with multilingual writers, responding to writing, best practices in writing center assessment, etc.).
- Helping to create workshop materials or handouts for faculty and students that incorporate research-based best practices.
- Assisting with designing training materials for consultants and mentoring small groups of undergraduate consultants.
- Assisting with research projects about writing center or WAC work.
- Consulting with students as needed in the writing center.
Candidate must have taken ENG 581 and should be skilled at searching databases and writing summaries of research. Candidate should be organized and should be able to write clearly and concisely for academic purposes. Candidate should have interests in one or more of the following: mentoring undergraduate students, faculty development, working with multilingual writers, and conducting primary and secondary research about writing.