photo by Rebecca E.Burnett ©, 2008 Atlanta, GA


The Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship offers an opportunity for new scholars to develop innovative teaching and scholarship in communication. Current Brittain Fellows have recently received their Ph.D. from more than twenty universities around the world. Their degrees represent diverse disciplines: literature, communication, rhetoric, composition, technical and business communication, creative writing, film studies, performance studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and related fields. However, common interests in digital pedagogy and the cultural studies of science and technology characterize the program.


Brittain Fellows are appointed to the Georgia Tech faculty with Instructor rank and full benefits for up to three sequential one-year appointments. Each term, Fellows usually teach three sections of English 1101, English 1102, or LMC 3403. Fellows tailor their courses to their own research interests while meeting state and university objectives and outcomes. The Brittain Fellowship Committee starts reviewing applications each January; review continues until all positions are filled.

Seminars and Certification

Brittain Fellows participate in semester-long postdoctoral seminars that address the theory and practice of digital pedagogy as well as the theory and practice of technical communication. Fellows may choose to complete Postdoctoral Certification Programs in Digital Pedagogy and Technical Communication.

Activities and Awards

Brittain Fellows share the connections they make between research and teaching during regular meetings of the Communication Colloquium. They may also serve on the Writing and Communication Committee (often as chairs of subcommittees), curate film series, and make other unique contributions to the program. Each year, Fellows compete for awards for innovation in pedagogy, multimodality, and technical communication.

Alumni and History

The Brittain Fellowship`s history extends over 20 years. The current program consists of over 40 Fellows. Alumni have academic and professional positions in universities and industries around the world.