Director, Technical Communications Program, Stanford University

Stanford University
School of Engineering
Director of the Technical Communications Program

The School of Engineering at Stanford University seeks applicants to be the Director of the Technical Communications Program (TCP). The search is open at the level of Senior Lecturer. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree and relevant experience in teaching writing and oral communication. Administrative/budget experience is also highly desirable.

The School of Engineering places fundamental importance on developing our students' communications skills. We seek an energetic leader to design courses and activities that are appropriate to engineers of all levels and in a variety of disciplines to prepare students both to complete assignments within the engineering curriculum (e.g., technical papers, lab reports, dissertations, Ph.D. orals, proposals, policy briefs) and to do the kinds of writing and speaking that students will likely do as engineering professionals. The Director structures the program to support these goals, working with faculty, staff, and students, and with the larger community of writing and oral communication instructors at Stanford. In the next few years the TCP will move to the new School of Engineering Center, and the Director will be involved in planning the new facilities.

The Director of the TCP teaches in the program, particularly in supporting the university requirement for writing in the major, and is responsible for supervising all the teaching and administrative operations of the program. The Director is responsible for hiring and supervising the activities of lecturers in writing and public speaking to assist him/her in meeting the program goals. The Director also hires and helps train additional part-time writing and speech tutors (often graduate students) as needed. Administrative responsibilities of the Director include budget and personnel matters.

Applicants should send a letter containing a statement of interest, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching interests, and the names and addresses of three references.
Evaluation of candidates will begin on May 1, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. All materials should be sent to Professor Brad Osgood at the following address: TCP Search Committee, Dean’s Office, School of Engineering, Stanford University, Terman 208, Stanford, CA 94305-4027; or via electronic mail to

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes nominations of women and minority group members and applications from them.