Graduate Writing Fellow Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences United States

Graduate Writing Fellow

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Position Description

The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) seeks to provide GSAS students with the means to enhance the clarity and depth of their written and oral communications. The Center offers individual consultations, peer review groups, dedicated writing space, workshops, and other programming to support registered GSAS students at all stages of their careers.
There are currently openings for three Graduate Writing Fellows to work with students in the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities. We are seeking individuals with impeccable communication skills who can contribute to the programming of the Center by assisting students with writing and communication projects, primarily through individual consultations. Fellows will also work with faculty and administrators in their area of expertise to provide customized research support for students, and create innovative programming in the form of events and workshops.


Basic Qualifications

Applicants must have already successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in order to be considered for the position.

Strong written and oral communications skills, and demonstrable success in writing, publishing, and presenting academic work. Experience in advising, teaching, and providing feedback.


Additional Qualifications

Expertise in English as a second language and working with non-native English speakers is desirable. ESL certification is a plus for candidates applying to work with students in the Natural Sciences or Social Sciences. Ability to build relationships with students and connect discipline-specific communication to graduate students’ academic and career goals. Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and administrators in delivering academic support programs. Excellent organization skills and ability to plan and prioritize tasks and projects. Flexibility, openness to innovative pedagogy, and responsiveness to student needs. Strong service-oriented individual.


Special Instructions

This is a postdoctoral fellowship with annual renewal for a maximum of two years.


Fellows must be in residence in the Boston area for the year. Fellows will be responsible for attending regular training and planning sessions throughout the year. To be considered for the position, please send your applications by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Late applications will not be accepted).


The following documents are required:

(i) a cover letter describing your qualifications, reasons for your interest in the position, and long term goals (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) names and contact information for three individuals who will serve as references, and (iv) a research article of no more than 25 double-spaced pages in 12pt font with one inch margins.


Contact Information

Sarine Der Kaloustian
Assistant Director of Administration
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350
Cambridge, MA 02138


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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.


Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Writing Sample 1

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