Call to unite Boston’s adjunct faculty

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Mar 192013

I wouldn’t presume to know the individual opinions of everyone in FYWP regarding unionization, so I offer without comment this call for Boston’s adjuncts to unite in conjunction with the SEIU:

Boston Adjuncts Uniting for Respect, Better Standards, and a Voice in Our Profession

Low compensation, no benefits or job security, and lack of respect for the important work we do endanger our profession and make it increasingly difficult for us to do our best for our students.

That’s why adjunct professors across the greater Boston area are coming together to form a union with SEIU. To be successful, we need to unite as adjuncts and take action.

Lecturer positions open at Northeastern

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Mar 142013


The English Department of Northeastern University seeks to fill five benefits-eligible, full time Lecturer positions, beginning in September 2013. Lecturers teach first-year and advanced writing courses, including courses in writing for the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, the health professions, and the criminal justice professions. Initial applications should consist of a letter of interest; a curriculum vita; and a brief (1-2 page) statement of teaching philosophy, including a description of training and experience in teaching writing. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree in Rhetoric and Composition or related field required at the time of appointment. Experience or training in teaching ESL/ELL or working with new and digital media especially welcome.

Additional Information: For information about the Writing Program, please see For information about employment at Northeastern University, see To apply, visit the College of Social Sciences and Humanities website at and click on the Faculty Positions button, or go to “Careers at Northeastern” at Click on “Faculty Positions” and search for the current position under the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Lecturer openings at BU

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Mar 062013

The Boston University writing program expects to hire at least two new full-time lecturers in writing to start Fall 2013. Here’s the description:

Writing Program Lecturer

The College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University expects to appoint at least two full-time Lecturers in Writing to begin in the fall of 2013. Responsibilities include teaching three theme-based first-year writing seminars (or equivalent) per semester and participating in program service and professional-development activities. The initial term of appointment is one year, with the possibility of renewal for additional one-year or multi-year terms.

The Writing Program is an independent instructional unit with over forty full-time Lecturers. The program’s primary responsibility is to offer the two-semester sequence of theme-based writing seminars that is the standard way for BU undergraduates to satisfy their writing requirements. Information about the Arts & Sciences Writing Program is available at

We welcome applicants from all disciplines, including experience in working with multilingual writers. Ph.D. or other terminal degree preferred; other graduate degrees considered.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Joseph Bizup, Assistant Dean and Director, Arts & Sciences Writing Program. Email applications (Word and PDF attachments only) are preferred and may be sent to <>. Hard-copy applications may be sent to the CAS Writing Program, 100 Bay State Rd., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02215.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications received by March 22, 2013 will receive first consideration.

Boston University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

Post-MFA Advice: Part Two

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Feb 252013

My post last week, in which I offered some advice to those about to graduate with their MFAs, got a good deal of response along with a request to offer more information about the sorts of jobs that might be possible. I decided, then, to go to folks more expert than I, recent grads from the MFA program at Ohio State. I asked them to share their experiences in those first few years after graduation and to offer any advice that they might have.

~ Lee Martin

When Does Service Become Scholarship?

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Feb 102013

When does service become scholarship?

When does anything—service, teaching, editing, mentoring, coding—become scholarship?

My answer is simply this: a creative or intellectual act becomes scholarship when it is public and circulates in a community of peers that evaluates and builds upon it.

~ Mark Sample

It can be difficult, at times, to frame much of the work we do in composition and rhetoric — particularly community literacy projects — as “scholarship” to those disinclined to see it as such. Certainly the mentoring and curriculum development work of FYWP are service AND scholarship as I see them, but explaining why can be tricky at times. This blog post by Mark Sample gives, to my mind, a strong rationale for doing so as well as some useful arguments for convincing the disinclined.

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