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Open GTA Position

From: Trask, Leanne ( Department/Program: English Ext.: 85793 Application Deadline: July 19, 2024 Position Description:Fall 2024: Writing 2130F ~ Building Better (Communication) Bridges: Rhetoric and Professional Communication for Engineers

Winter 2024 Course Outline

NB: There are multiple TA positions available for the Fall 2024 term in Writing 2130F.

The course and tutorials are entirely online and asynchronous.

Applicants may not be hired by Western as a GTA or instructor in any other course/program for the Fall term and must be enrolled full-time for the duration of the term.

This course introduces students to rhetorical principles and the practices of written, oral, and visual communication in professional engineering contexts. Particular attention is paid to identifying and understanding audience, context, and purpose; the grammar and effective style of Standard Written English; modes of persuasion; interpersonal communication; the negotiation of cultural difference; and effective scholarly research practices. Students will learn strategies for drafting and designing technical and academic documents and for approaching the editing and revision of those documents. As well, they will gain experience in organizing research effectively for presentation, composing clear and useful visual aids, and presenting research to their peers and the broader public with confidence. Qualified applicants must possess the following qualities:

> Strong written and verbal communication skills

> Knowledge of the grammar and conventions of Standard Written English

> Organizational ability

> Professional work ethic

> Time management skills

> Resourcefulness

TAs for this course will be expected to manage a two-hour tutorial every week and other assigned TA duties (such as office hours and marking). This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students who plan to pursue a career in teaching or communication after graduation.Please submit a current résumé or CV and a one-page statement outlining your interests in teaching this course and the skills and experiences you could bring to the position.

Submit application materials (CV/résumé and statement) and direct queries to:

Dr. M. FoxDirector, Writing Studies

Department of English and Writing Studies

University College

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