The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute (the Communication Across the Curriculum program at Baruch College, CUNY) seeks 2 – 3 Communication Fellows to join our vibrant, interdisciplinary team of engaged educators for Spring 2023 and beyond. We especially welcome applicants who can contribute to our culture of diversity and inclusion, including those from underrepresented communities; all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome. Review of applications will begin immediately.
In close partnership with faculty and our colleagues in academic support programs, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute cultivates learning environments in which all students are empowered as strategic, thoughtful, and authentic communicators and creators. We develop and support Communication Intensive Courses, promote active, inclusive, and antiracist pedagogies, and foster the teaching and learning of written, oral, visual, and digital literacies across the College.
Communication Fellows support the faculty and students of a variety of communication-intensive courses by facilitating in-class workshops, instructing and coaching students one-to-one and in small groups, and consulting with faculty. Trained in core Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) principles and strategies, as well as in pedagogies of antiracism, equity, and inclusion, Fellows work primarily with students to facilitate experiential, active learning, build analytic, rhetorical, and collaborative skills in disciplines from business to the humanities, and encourage students to see communication as an iterative process. In consulting with faculty, Fellows might help refine communication-intensive assignments, suggest strategies for integrating low-stakes communication to bring all students into active learning, and reflect on syllabi or feedback and grading strategies in support of inclusion.
Fellows also contribute to the Institute’s various projects to advance communication pedagogies. These include, for example, developing new in-class workshops and other instructional resources; supporting assessment here at the Institute and in specific academic programs; and conducting research into pedagogical discourses that inform our programming.
All Fellows engage in a robust professional development program that provides training and ongoing support for both the immediate work of the Institute and the career development of the Fellows themselves.
- Work toward a terminal degree
- Significant teaching experience that demonstrates active, communication-intensive pedagogy fostering deep learning
- Excellent oral, written, visual, digital and interpersonal communication skills
- Experience working with faculty and/or in intimate learning environments with students
- Basic familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning, rhetoric and composition, multilingual writers and speakers, antiracist and liberatory pedagogies, and/or WAC/WID
- Curriculum design experience
- Experience as a practitioner of communication in non-academic contexts such as journalism, business, and not-for-profit organizations
- Expertise in visual rhetoric and/or oral communication
- Experience using multimedia tools and/or layout and document design applications
Communication Fellows are paid on the CUNY Non-Teaching Adjunct I scale, currently $47.42/hour for new hires, and must abide by CUNY workload limits. Appointments are for 8-15 hours per week, dependent on budget, availability, and experience. Because Fellows’ work is often project based, applicants should have a degree of scheduling flexibility that would allow them to, for example, schedule meetings with faculty, students, and other Institute staff. Re-appointments are available based on satisfactory performance. Health care benefits are available in the third consecutive semester of 15-hour/week appointments. Appointments will begin at the start of the Spring 2023 semester (though we will likely have an onboarding meeting in November 2022).
Please electronically submit a C.V., a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and approaches to teaching, a separate sheet outlining your availability for the Spring semester and indicating how you heard about the position, and the contact information for three references to:
Meechal Hoffman, Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
Julia Goldstein, Associate Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
Please write “Communication Fellow Application” in the subject line. Note that cover letters are read carefully for evidence of reflection, engagement, and expertise, and will be an important means for selecting candidates for interviews. Applications received by October 11 will be given priority.
No phone calls, please.