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Full-time Positions in Academic Writing and Intellectual Breadth
University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Date Posted Aug. 26, 2022
Title Full-time Positions in Academic Writing and Intellectual Breadth
University University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
Shanghai, China
Department Liberal Arts Division
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
 
 
  • Assistant Professor
    Professor
  • English
    Creative or Technical Writing
 
 
Rank: This is a teaching-track position with ranks ranging from Assistant Teaching Professor to Teaching Professor depending on background and experience

Deadline: Open until filled.

Start Date: Open

Website: http://ji.sjtu.edu.cn/

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The Liberal Arts Division (LAD) at UM-SJTU JI, located in Shanghai, China invites applications for full-time positions in Academic Writing and Intellectual Breadth.

The positions offer an exciting opportunity to teach some of the highest-achieving students in China while living in Shanghai, a world-class, cosmopolitan metropolis. The successful candidates will contribute directly to the continuing development of a young liberal arts program in collaboration with an energetic and diverse community of faculty members.

The UM-SJTU JI is an English-based higher education institute founded in 2006, in collaboration between the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Both partner universities are fully committed to developing JI as a world-class institute for engineering education. In 2014, JI was the first Chinese institution to win the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education - one of the highest honors in international higher education. In a short time, JI has become an exemplary model of Sino-American educational collaboration.

First-Year Academic Writing (AW) courses are sequenced over the Fall and Spring trimesters and aim to teach students the principles, conventions, and styles of Academic Writing. Essay assignments focus on critical thinking skills, the multi-draft writing process, and academic research across a variety of genres and disciplines. The LAD values diversity and innovation, and individual lecturers are encouraged to develop their own courses based on subjects and texts within their own fields of research.



Intellectual Breadth (IB) courses encompass a variety of non-engineering disciplines including Philosophy, Social Sciences, Literature, History, and Creative Writing. This coursework is equivalent to what is often called "general education" and it serves a critical function in broadening the intellectual horizons of our high-achieving students.



JI operates on a trimester schedule, and successful candidates are expected to teach six courses a year. The anticipated teaching ratio for this position is 4 AW and 2 IB courses, two courses per trimester, scheduled approximately as follows:



A 13-week Fall trimester, mid-September to early December

A 10-week, accelerated Spring trimester, late-February to late-April

A 14-week Summer trimester, mid-May to early August



Due to the irregularity of Chinese and American holidays, JI's Winter vacation lasts from early December to late-February, and Summer vacation lasts from early August to mid-September.



Responsibilities
  • Teach First-Year Academic Writing courses
  • Teach Intellectual Breadth courses according to faculty qualifications and interest and according to institutional needs
  • Prepare and conduct lectures, design homework, and supervise examinations
  • Maintain office hours
  • Guide Teaching Assistants
  • Maintain a course website containing teaching materials and relevant course information
  • Participate in program development and other common non-teaching, service duties


Qualifications:
  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline
  • Two years of full-time or equivalent university teaching experience in Academic Writing
  • Experience designing a self-standing, evidence-based, First-Year Academic Writing course
  • Interest or experience in China and/or in working with Chinese students
  • Experience teaching non-native English speakers


Benefits
  • Competitive starting salary, based on education and experience
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • A supplemental housing subsidy
  • Moving allowance reimbursement
  • Chinese language courses




To apply for this position, please send your application materials to both the JI Human Resources office at ji-hr@sjtu.edu.cn and to Dr. Ryan Thorpe, the search chair, at ryan.thorpe@sjtu.edu.cn. For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Thorpe.



Please submit items 1-4 below together in one single pdf document labeled with applicant name and position title.
  • Cover letter (please mention where you learned of this position)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, either woven into the Cover Letter or presented as a separate document
  • CV with contact information for three references.
  • Recent Teaching Evaluations


Applicants who have advanced through the first round of interviews will be asked to provide a short teaching demonstration and a sample student paper complete with instructor feedback and assignment instructions.

  • The UM-SJTU Joint Institute is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.


 
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