Project Overview

Living Writers researcher

Faculty Sponsor

Jennifer Brice (




To see the '17 Living Writers Online course on EdX, go to
Briefly, Living Writers consists of an on-campus course for 50 students, a weekly reading series in the fall, and an online companion not-for-credit course for 800 alumni, parents, and community members,. While the scaffolding is in place, the content of Living Writers is new in every iteration. The logistical and research demands are heavy. For this reason, one or more student researchers are needed every summer.

The student(s) hired will read at least one work by each of 10 writers and discuss them in bi-weekly meetings with faculty advisor/. They will do research at the library and online to assemble reviews, articles, biographies, and other supplemental materials on each Living Writers text and author. They will attend regular meetings of Living Writers team, including representatives from IT, Communications, and Alumni Affairs. Staff an informationl table over Reunion Weekend in early June. They will populate the Living Writers website with materials about writers and texts as well as on-campus faculty and staff. They will work closely with Communications staff to qeue up social media alerts for use in the fall, when the series begins. They will perform other tasks as needed. 

Student Qualifications

Strong communication skills (verbal and written); organization; self-discipline; iniitiative; flexibility; curiosity; a passion for literature
Some experience with social media platforms (Twitter, EdX) is desirable but not necessary

Number of Student Researchers

1-2 student

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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