Cornell University, College of Engineering & Computing and Information Science

Position ID:Cornell-College of Engineering & Computing and Information Science-LECTSRLECT [#22984, EN-COMM]
Position Title: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer Position in Engineering Communications
Position Type:Open Rank
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering Communications
Appl Deadline:2022/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/09/27, finished 2023/05/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

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, with teaching responsibilities beginning Fall semester 2023. 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 2023) of two 3-credit courses, with spring teaching TBD. Ideally, thereafter, the successful candidate will teach each semester a combination of partnered 1-credit courses along with one section of either of the program’s core 3-credit courses: ENGRC 3350-Organizational Communications for Engineers or ENGRC 3500-Engineering Communications. These courses, each with their own overall focus, ask instructors to cover not only writing but also presentation skills, developing technical/engineering figures and tables, working in teams, multimodal elements, library skills, and more. 

It is expected that this new faculty member will join existing and/or create new teaching partnerships with engineering faculty from a range of courses in the various disciplines. Through these teaching partnerships, ECP faculty members help 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 teaching partnerships. 

A strong candidate will also welcome the opportunity to 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. There may be an added expectation of light administrative duties. There is no required university committee work, other than meeting with ECP colleagues for program meetings; however, ECP faculty are welcome to join committees and other activities as they see fit. On the whole, advising is left to the advisors in each student’s engineering major; however, there may be eventual light advising for the Engineering Communication Minor.

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.

Preferred Qualifications 

These qualifications will be considered to be connected, related, and of equal importance. The review committee will consider the strengths of the whole application packet for each candidate to assess individual strengths with programmatic needs. 

A. Past work in partnered teaching with faculty and with student teams (not as an assistant, grader, or TA) across engineering, technical, scientific disciplines or specializations. 

B. Preference given to candidates that have a Ph.D. in hand (the minimal requirement) by May 31, 2023 in one of these areas: 
* Technical Communication 
* Professional Communication 
* Science Communication
* Applied Linguistics with a specialization in Professional and Academic Discourse or related sector 
* Related degree with a focus on written communication with competencies in teaching oral presentations and multi-modal artifacts 

C. Past teaching experience of communication practices that combine writing, presenting, and multimodal communication pieces (such as figures, tables, video, games dev documentation, modeling, dashboards, other). 

Additional Desired Qualifications 

ECP believes that engineering solutions should incorporate as many perspectives as possible; our program’s foundational principles rest on a cornerstone of inclusivity and authentic exchanges of expertise and perspective.

Experience teaching engineering or technical communications at the university 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 Multi-modal Communication. 
Likewise, applicants that will help ECP continue its explorations of diverse communication strategies for purposes that cross cultural boundaries, community needs, languages, and ability-based needs, are invited to apply.

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. Experiences that include engineering leadership and ethics would be valuable. 

Diversity Efforts 

Cornell Engineering embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will foster a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups in engineering to apply. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

We encourage all applicants to review the 2030 Cornell Engineering Strategic Plan

Application Process

Application materials and dates for initial applications should include the following pieces addressed to the ECP Search Committee. 

* cover letter (1-2 pages) 
* full curriculum vitae
* teaching statement (1-2 pages)
* the name and contact information for at least three references 

Additional materials will be requested from candidates that move to our second round of consideration; we will reach out to candidates specifically for those materials, if needed.

Review of materials begins on November 1, 2022. All applications received by November 15, 2022 by 5pm Eastern time ( UTC−05:00 ) will receive full consideration this hiring cycle. 

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
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463 Hollister Hall
527 College Ave
Ithaca, NY 14853