Featured Job – April 18, 2014

RAND Corporation

The past few weeks our featured job has been a professor position. This week, I’m mixing things up a little. In honor of the new Flexible Academics group at Vitae, I’m featuring a job this week that qualifies as a flexible academic position.

The featured job this week is a Research Editor position for RAND Corporation. This job sounds really cool. If I were on the market right now, I would definitely apply.

Here are the details about RAND’s Research Editor:

  • Senior-level Research Editor with a diverse range of editing and communications skills who will be responsible for online developmental editing, copyediting, copywriting, and typesetting and page layout for print, electronic, and web products in support of the publication of final, peer-reviewed RAND research products
  • Also advises writers and researchers in matters of style, syntax, and usage to improve the general quality and effectiveness
  • Candidates must have excellent verbal and written skills
  • Copyediting and proofreading experience
  • Must be familiar with common style guides
  • Comfortable with publishing and electronic media
  • Knowledge of copyright and IP issues
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a publishing or communications environment.

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

Sounds like a job ready-made for a flexible academic to me. Read more and apply for the job here.

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Featured Job – April 10, 2014

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

The featured job this week comes from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC. The job title is unassuming, but it actually sounds like a pretty cool position: Instructor of Humanities.

Despite the simple name, this job is a tenure-track teaching position. And it only requires a master’s degree. However, the school is looking for a specialized scholar in American Studies, Global History, African Studies, or Comparative Literature. That significantly narrows down the field, so those who qualify have a better chance of getting an interview.

Here are the highlights of the position:

  • Must have three years experience teaching at a college or a college-prep school. University writing experience especially helpful.
  • Full-time, ten-month appointment in the Department of Humanities, with full benefits through the State of North Carolina.
  • Focus on interdisciplinary studies, and on team-teaching interdisciplinary cultural studies and humanities electives.
  • Will team-teach American Studies and teaching African Studies, with the possibility of developing and teaching a course on North Africa and the Middle East.

About the school:

  • NCSSM is a state-supported residential school for students who have demonstrated exceptional talent or interest in science, mathematics, and technology.
  • Due to the nature of the school, credentials are less important than: a wide-ranging knowledge of literature and its cultural and historical contexts, a passion for teaching and learning, and a love of ideas and of the applicants field of study, combined with a willingness to act as a mentor and guide for students—both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

To apply: Submit electronic application via: http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/.

Read more about this job here.

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Featured Job – April 3, 2014

Walden Pond

Today’s featured job is perfect for someone who wants to escape to the wilderness for awhile and get away from it all. Bates College in Lewiston, Maine is hiring a Visiting Assistant Professor of History.

Lewiston is the second-largest city in  Maine, but that isn’t saying much: the population is only 37,000. The city, located in south-central Maine, is only about 40 miles north of Portland, which is Maine’s largest city. One hundred miles north of Lewiston, you’ll find Henry David Thoreau’s hometown of Concord.

Because this job is a non-tenure-track, Visiting Assistant Professor position, it could be perfect for someone who just wants to explore the wilderness of Maine for a year or two and then move on. The White Mountains are only a few miles west in Vermont, as well. It would be a pretty sweet gig for someone who likes to hike–just hop on the Appalachian Trail during weekends.

Definitely not a job for everyone due to the isolation and also because of the non-tenure-track nature of the position. If tenure is a requirement, this job is not for you.

Here are the details on the job posting:

  • Seeking someone who can teach a survey course on North America before 1820 and mid-level courses on colonial North America and the American Revolution.
  • Candidate will also teach an upper-level seminar and a Short Term course on topics of his or her choosing.
  • Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at academicservices@bates.edu, a letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Please include your last name and R2535 in the subject line of all submissions.
  • The hiring process will commence on April 15th.
  • More job details here.
  • More info on Bates College at www.bates.edu.

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Featured Job – March 27, 2014


Occasionally, we feature a job at Order of Education. Usually, it catches our eye for one reason or another. Here’s one we spotted this week. For more higher ed jobs, check out the job board.

Assistant Professor of English – Midway College

  • The Department of English at Midway is looking for someone with a completed PhD in English and a focus in rhetoric/composition.
  • Desired specialties – digital literacies, multilingual writing, writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines or professions, literacy studies, and relations among rhetoric, composition and communication.
  • Also valuable are these secondary specialties: 1) experience in developing internships or advising students on writing careers, 2) evidence of effective leadership and/or interest in writing assessment.
  • Midway College is located in a small town in Kentucky amid rolling hills, horse farms, and the Bourbon Trail and is within driving distance of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati.

Judging from the listing and from a little research about the school, it looks like this job is best for someone who is interested in teaching a lot of writing sections. Probably not going to be many opportunities to teach advanced literature courses. The teaching load may be fairly substantial, as well.

The good news is those constraints may automatically shrink the hiring pool. If you’re someone who enjoys teaching freshman composition and wants to avoid the heavy research requirements of many tenure track positions, this might just be the job for you.

The deadline to apply is April 15th.

Here’s the contact info for the college:

Postal Address: Human Resources
Midway College
512 E. Stephens St.
Midway, KY 40347
Phone: 859.846.5748
Fax: 859.846.5848
Email Address: hroffice@midway.edu

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