Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business/Technical Communication

The Writing and Communication Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech seeks recent PhDs (dissertation

successfully defended by August 2020) in business/technical/professional communication, technical visual rhetoric/design, rhetoric, and related fields for the 2020-2021 Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship, renewable up to three years, includes a 3/3 teaching assignment or equivalent and full faculty benefits. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the teaching and mentoring of students.

We are particularly interested in qualified applicants with research, teaching, or workplace expertise related to the following areas:

1.    Technical Communication, Business Communication, and Communication in STEM disciplines/professions

2.    Global Englishes or English Language Learning

3.    Sustainability (e.g., climate change, infrastructure, community engagement)

Brittain Fellows specializing in business and/or technical communication will be considered for opportunities to teach in one of three STEM tracks that emphasize community-based projects:

  • conventional tech comm classes
  • business/professional communication classes
  • team-taught, linked sections for students in computer science

For all versions of business and/or technical communication, special consideration will be given to candidates who have appropriate workplace and/or teaching experience and who have a research agenda in business/technical communication.

General Information for All Fellows

Teaching: All Brittain Fellows design courses informed by their research interests within a framework of common programmatic outcomes. All courses are based on rhetoric, process, multimodality, digital literacy, collaboration, and humanistic perspectives in a technological world.

Research: Fellows are expected to continue their scholarly agendas and are encouraged to extend them to include research in areas such as pedagogy, multimodality, collaboration, writing/communication center research, digital humanities, media literacy, instructional innovation, and assessment.

Professional Development: Fellows are supported in their professional development toward academic and non-academic career paths through committee work and projects such as programmatic assessment, grant writing, administration, publishing, and public relations.


Service: Fellows serve on and chair committees that act as change agents to help shape programmatic initiatives in areas such as innovative technologies, special events, digital publication, curriculum development, ELL and cross-cultural challenges, and community outreach.

Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio (a 2two-page teaching statement, 1-2 sample syllabi relating to potential teaching at Georgia Tech, 2-3 sample assignments, and summary of quantitative and qualitative course evaluations; additional elements are acceptable, but not required), and three letters of recommendation to Please submit application materials as a single PDF document (submitting letters of recommendation under separate cover is acceptable). Only digital applications will be reviewed. Applications are accepted through January 6, 2020.

Requests for information may be directed to Search Chair Andy Frazee at An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment, and a background check must be completed prior to employment.

We believe diversity is foundational to creating the most intellectually vibrant and successful academic communities; therefore, we are committed to building and sustaining a socially just, equitable, and inclusive academic unit. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance.

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