Kim-Frank Multilingual Writing Fellow

The Shapiro Center for Writing is looking for an enthusiastic, multilingual, graduating senior to be the first Kim-Frank Multilingual Writing Fellow!

The Multilingual Writing Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior at Wesleyan. The position begins June 1st of 2022 and ends June 30th of 2023. The fellow will work closely with the Assistant Professor of the Practice in TESOL, Beth Hepford. They will also work with the Director of Academic Writing, Professor Stephanie Weiner and the Assistant Director of Academic Writing, Professor Lauren Silber. 

The fellow will assist in creating academic, community, and online resources about linguistics, language diversity, and multilingualism, and bolstering the global scope of the Shapiro Center for Writing. They will complete a multitude of tasks, including online material creation, event planning, teaching, public relations, supervising undergraduate workers, and project management which will prepare the fellow for a variety of professional or academic pursuits.

Duties for the fellow fall into four areas:

  1.     Creating educational material: The fellow will work closely with Professor Hepford to create resources for multilingual writers, international students, writing tutors, and others. Over the summer, they will assist Professor Hepford in updating “Academia, Culture, and Campus Life”, a coursera course for international students. Throughout their employment, they will work on projects for all multilingual writers such as a translingual writing webpage and a gamified online academic integrity course. Other projects will be included based on the fellow’s interests and expertise.    
  2.     Supporting the Writing Workshop: The fellow will work closely with Professor Hepford and Professor Silber to support linguistic diversity and multilingual writing through workshops, training, and events for workshop tutors. As part of those duties, the fellow may supervise student workers and language ambassadors. They will also work as a multilingual specialist for five hours a week with the writing workshop as a writing tutor and/or writing mentor.
  3.     Event programming: The fellow will create, plan and promote new events, plan and promote existing events, and collaborate with various departments throughout campus to partner and support their events and activities related to multilingualism and multilingual writing. This role of the position will include supervising some student workers who will assist in planning events for the writing center.      
  4. Collaboration: The fellow will work closely with the graduate fellows at the Shapiro Center including the Ford Fellow and the Kim-Frank Creative Writing Fellow to complete tasks that benefit the writing center as a whole.  

As the first Kim-Frank Multilingual Writing Fellow, the fellow will assist in molding the position for future fellows. As such, there is room for creative initiatives. 

 

MATERIALS TO APPLY: 

  1. A one-page letter of interest explaining how your academic and professional experiences undergird your interest and preparation for this position. Feel free to address how this fellowship will aid in your future plans;
  2. An unoffical transcript or academic history showing the courses you’ve taken with grades;
  3. Proof of multilingual competence or language study. This can include classes on your transcript (a 200- or 300 level language class at Wesleyan), proof of citizenship from a non-English speaking country, a certificate of biliteracy or other similar certification of bilingualism, or a testimony from a professor at Wesleyan that speaks your additional language to English. If you need a form for a professor to fill out, please notify Prof. Hepford when you submit the rest of your materials.   
  4. A resume;
  5. A portfolio of writing that represents the writing skillset you would bring to the position. It may include written proposals, technical writing, flyers/social media copy, academic and creative writing, writing about social justice, linguistic diversity and anti-racist writing, etc. At least one piece should show how you are sensitive to multilingualism or global issues;
  6. The names of two faculty, staff, or Wesleyan community members who can speak to your interpersonal, organizational, and/or academic skillsets. Your references may be contacted if you are a finalist, but no letter of recommendation will be requested.

The Kim-Frank Multilingual Writing Fellow will be selected based on outstanding academic record, exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills, multilingual competency, and interests in teaching and writing. Preference is given to applicants who have held leadership, teaching, or mentoring positions such as, though not limited to, Writing Tutor or Mentor, Teaching Apprentice, ELL Tutor, or Peer Mentor. Seniors graduating with any major(s) are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send your application materials to Professor Beth Hepford by March 25th at ehepford@wesleyan.edu. You will be contacted the week of March 28th.