Paul Kei Matsuda

Interesting Hong Kong WPA position

Paul, I would appreciate any suggestions or pass-alongs you might have for
this extremely interesting position--especially for for people with
second-language writing experience.

From: Charles Bazerman <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:13:55 -0700
To: WPA-L <>
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Subject: Interesting Hong Kong WPA position

Please distribute the job announcement below (and attached) as broadly as

This extremely interesting position is part of a basic reformulation of
undergraduate education throughout Hong Kong, where a fourth year is being
added at the freshman level and focused on general education and English
language. University instruction in Hong Kong is English medium, though
three quarters of the students have been to Chinese-medium high-schools, so
this new freshman year is an extremely important transition for the

I have been working as External Adviser to City University, which is taking
this restructuring as an opportunity to add a two-term freshman composition
sequence, with the first term being a general course, and the second term a
set of discipline specific options. The first-term course is built around
the publication of e-zines, focused on local topics chosen by the students,
with descriptive, problem analysis, and proposed solution articles. City
University has long been the leader of English Language Education and
English for Specific Purposes in the entire East Asian region, and this
composition-style approach it is taking will again provide leadership for
the entire region. The Department, Colleagues in other faculties, the
administration is supportive of the changes, and many WAC-like elements are
already in place through prior English for Specific Purposes initiatives. So
this is a position where one could make a real difference for the campus,
the city, and the entire region.

The university has excellent, modern facilities, and you will find in this
department knowledgeable and sophisticated colleagues from many nations.
Hong Kong is a vibrant city with fantastic food, and it is an excellent hub
for making connections throughout Asia&lsqauo;as well as being a great base for
tourism. As the ad says, the pay is excellent, far above what one would get
in the States at a comparable career level. For the right person this will
be an extraordinary opportunity.

Chuck Bazerman

Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track) for writing program at City
University, Hong Kong

City University Department of English invites applications for an important
and challenging position as a teacher of writing at the faculty rank of
Assistant or Associate Professor. This is a full-time appointment beginning
July 1, 2011 (or sooner if possible) The position carries an excellent
salary plus full medical and other benefits, and is on a tenure-track basis.
A PhD in English, Rhetoric/Composition, or a related field along with a
strong and ambitious research agenda is required for this position.
Experience and background in the teaching of writing to ESL students is

The appointee will assist in setting up and administering a first-year
program in composition and professional writing. Responsibilities will
include curriculum development, faculty development, and coordination.
Workload will accommodate these responsibilities, and the Department has
strong administrative staff support. We anticipate further hiring to meet
the needs of the program and eventual development of an appropriately
staffed English Across the Curriculum initiative.

This is an excellent opportunity for well-qualified and enthusiastic
academic to join a leading Asian university located in an exciting, safe,
and vibrant multi-cultural city. By international standards, the salary for
this position is outstanding, and the opportunities for professional
development are considerable. The Department of English at City University
is a leading centre for research and teaching in the field of English
studies. The Department¹s website can be accessed at

If you are interested in the position, please send a statement of
administrative experience and vision, a writing sample, a current CV, and
names of three references to Dr Rodney Jones, at
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with first
review beginning October 1, 2010.

CFP: Journal of Writing Research Special issue on Peer Review Interaction

Journal of Writing Research
Special Issue on
Redesigning Peer Review Interactions Using Computer Tools
Call for Papers

Peer review has long been a component of writing education, although often informally implemented in classrooms with mixed results. More recently, web technologies have enabled more regular use of formal peer review methods in a broad cross-section of classes across many disciplines. This transition enables computers to play new roles in writing, now supporting the peer review process rather than just the writing process. With new computer tools, for example, the following elements can be changed: how reviewers are matched with authors, how reviewers interact with each other, how reviewers interact with authors, how instructors interact with reviews, how instructors interact with other instructors about writing assignments, and how authors provide feedback on the reviews.

Submissions are invited for a special issue of The Journal of Writing Research <>  (JoWR) on using computer tools to support peer review of writing and to improve learning outcomes. Specifically, the special issue will focus on changing the interactions among peer reviewers, authors and instructors. JoWR is a new international peer reviewed journal that publishes high quality theoretical, empirical, and review papers covering the broad spectrum of writing research. Any of the elements listed above are appropriate for submission to this special issue. Authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors to discuss suitability for submission.

Submissions are to be made through the online system for the Journal. Include “Special Issue-Peer Review” at the front of the paper title.

Initial submissions: October 1, 2010
Review completed by: December 1, 2010
Revisions by: February 1, 2010

Guest Editors                                                JoWR Action Editor
Christian Schunn (                   Luuk Van Waes
Kevin Ashley (                          University of Antwerp
Ilya Goldin (
University of Pittsburgh

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