Grinnell College, Director of Academic Support for Writing and Speaking (Review begins immediately)Mar 15th, 2013 | By IWCA Web Editor | Category: Positions
Director of Academic Support for Writing and Speaking
(Full Time, 12 months)
Grinnell College is seeking a talented, experienced and versatile educator to serve as the Director of Academic Support for Writing and Speaking in a full-time, 12-month continuing position. This individual will direct the Writing Laboratory, and work collaboratively with other campus entities to improve instruction of writing and speaking. The Grinnell College Writing Lab primarily provides support to students through professional instruction, but also coordinates a cadre of peer writing mentors and provides faculty development opportunities. The successful Director will oversee the operations of the Writing Lab and its professional staff, and in addition be an active advocate on campus for the improvement of instruction of a broad range of verbal communication. The Writing Lab has gradually expanded its support for writing from exclusively the traditional college essay to include speaking and some initial efforts in other media; the Director will be expected to continue this evolution in service. The Director will lead the Writing Lab in confronting the need to provide greater support to English language learners as this segment of Grinnell’s student body grows. The Director will also work directly and creatively with other academic support professionals to identify and intervene with students at risk of academic failure.
Responsibilities: The Director is responsible for coordination and supervision of all aspects of the Writing Laboratory. The Director currently supervises a professional staff of four, including hiring and review responsibilities. The Director will be expected to take initiative on selection, training, and support of peer writing mentors, on development of summer faculty development workshops, and on assessment of writing instruction on campus. The Director is responsible for overseeing the Writing Lab’s for-credit curricular offerings that support writing and speaking. The Director is expected to play the dual role of supporter of and advocate for better teaching of writing and speaking across the curriculum through collaborative work with faculty, librarians, and other academic support professionals.
Qualifications: As the Director will hold Lecturer status, a PhD or master’s degree in an academic field is required. Five years of experience in teaching of writing, and demonstrated ability to supervise others in an academic setting is expected. A record of effective work with a diverse student body is essential. Experience with residential liberal arts colleges and writing center administration is desirable. In letters of application, candidates should address their vision for a collaborative approach to student writing success utilizing writing professionals, peer mentors, and classroom faculty, and outline their experiences that prepare them to lead the Writing Lab in the directions described above.
Application Process: Interested candidates should apply online by visiting our employment website at https://jobs.grinnell.edu. Applicants must complete the online application. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at (641) 269-4818 with questions. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Grinnell College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, creed, or disability.