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For Writers Who Teach: How to Find Job Announcements
by Erika Dreifus
"How do I find a teaching job?" That's a
question I hear, not infrequently, from writing friends and colleagues. What the
question often means more precisely is: "How can I find a job teaching writing
in a community college/public or private college/university?"
Presuming that you've already thought about the
reasons why you want to teach, and already considered the particular subject
matter and writing-related courses which-by education and experience and
publication record-you're best equipped to handle, and even begun thinking about
the many other issues that you will need to deal with if you commit to this
process of teaching writing (from entering the world of academic hierarchies to
grading papers and manuscripts), you might still be wondering how to find a job.
On the most basic level, where can you locate some possibilities?
Not surprisingly, the internet now offers a
number of databases and similar resources for job-seekers in this field. Many
are free, and some offer additional career resources and counsel-filled articles
for good measure. Herewith, six samples to get you started.
http://www.academic360.com/hr/ In the geographical section of this website
(you can also search by faculty or administrative field) you'll find links to
each of the United States, Canadian provinces, and more. These contain further
links to college and university websites within each area (generally you'll find
a direct link to the personnel/human resources office). For my home state of
Massachusetts, Academic 360.com provides links to literally dozens of colleges
and universities, from Amherst to Worcester State.
Academic Careers Online http://www.academiccareers.com/ Allows searches for jobs in categories
including journalism and communications, humanities, and others of interest to
writers. Also allows searchers to limit fields by location, salary, job term,
and keywords. International coverage.
Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network
http://chronicle.com/jobs/ Search by keyword, or by zip code, or by
any of multiple categories. You'll also here listings for community college and
part-time/adjunct jobs. And you'll also find a remarkable Career Network library
featuring advice columns applicable to a range of professional situations. Just
glance through the topical index and you'll see what I mean: "Age-related
issues," "Presenting yourself online," "Work and family." And for writers, there
are the particularly tempting "Creative Writing" and "Publishing" categories.
H-Net Job Guide: Academic Position Announcements
http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ Specialty searchers may browse by category,
including Communication/Mass Communication; Humanities; Humanities
Computing/Distance Education/Educational Technology/; and
Teaching/Administration of Freshman Writing/Advanced Writing.
HigherEdJobs.com: Jobs in Higher Education
http://www.higheredjobs.com/ Search positions by category (including
community college and part-time/adjunct positions). Or search by location. Or
use other criteria (such as keywords-try "poet" or "writer," for
National Council of Teachers of English Career
Opportunities Area http://www.ncte.org/about/over/careers Visitors to this
area of the NCTE website can browse and/or post information. Included here are
available jobs, people seeking jobs, and other announcements. Job announcements
are divided primarily by instructional level: elementary, middle, secondary, two
year college, college and university.
You'll also find a number of other
writing-related opportunities on many of these sites, including fellowships,
research positions and writing-intensive administrative jobs. Bookmark what's
useful for you-and check back frequently. You may indeed find a teaching job-and
© Copyright 2004, Erika Dreifus
Erika Dreifus lives and writes in New York City. Visit her website at www.practicing-writer.com
and check her "Practicing Writing" blog posts at practicing-writing.blogspot.com.
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