Writing Center Job Announcements

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Writing Center Coordinator, Mount Saint Mary College (Review begins October 15, 2017)

Mount Saint Mary College’s on-campus Writing Center is seeking a full-time Coordinator to both support the day-to-day operations of the Writing Center and contribute to the development and implementation of Writing Center services.

The Writing Center is the home for writing at the Mount. Its primary function is to support students as they’re completing academic writing assignments through the facilitation of supplemental writing instruction. In order to accomplish this, the Writing Center offers 50-minute writing consultations with a peer writing tutor who is specially trained to assist in all stages of the writing process. The Writing Center also works closely with faculty in order to engender a culture of writing on campus and sponsors various writing-related events and programs at the college.

Under the supervision of the Writing Center Director, the Coordinator will be responsible for:

·         front-line customer service, including face-to-face, electronic, and telephone communication with students, faculty, and staff;

·         oversight of the weekly Writing Center appointment schedule, tutors’ schedules, and front-desk coverage;

·         management and statistical analysis of Writing Center data, including the generation of bi-weekly, semester, and annual reports;

·         coordination of the Writing Center’s marketing efforts, including the creation of content, maintenance of our web presence, faculty outreach, and equipping student staff with correct information on the Writing Center;

·         co-develop, coordinate logistics for, and participate in a wide variety of specialized programs and events;

·         hire, supervise, and train work-study students, including in the development of writing-related passive programming;

·         assist in the mentoring of Writing Center tutors, including both serving as a direct resource and creating resources;

·         as well as other duties as assigned by the Writing Center Director, including serving as a proxy for the Director as needed.

Qualified candidates will possess:

·         highly developed writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff;

·         leadership and supervisory experience, especially in working with college students;

·         technological fluency, especially in Microsoft Excel, Google applications, and Adobe;

·         innovation and creativity, especially with an eye toward developing and implementing services that contribute to student success;

·         one-to-three years’ prior experience in a writing-center environment, tutoring center, or student success center.

·         Bachelor’s degree in writing, English, or a related field required.

Please apply online and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. These documents should be saved as one PDF file and uploaded together. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications should be addressed to Writing Center Director Gina R. Evers

Associate Director, Academic Resource Center (Writing Center), Loyola Marymount University (Review begins October 15, 2017)

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) seeks an Associate Director to lead its campus Writing Center and, in partnership with faculty, advisory board members, and other campus leaders, to develop programming that promotes exemplary writing for undergraduate and graduate students of all ability levels. We seek a visionary leader who is prepared to build on existing strengths and join a collective effort to support all students as they prepare for the future. Primarily responsible for shaping a vision and strategy for the Writing Center, the Associate Director also will join a well-resourced team of professionals in the ARC to develop innovative, creative, and forward-thinking approaches to student learning.

As the hub for academic support resources at Loyola Marymount University, the ARC is comprised of the campus writing center, course content tutoring across the disciplines, a “First to Go” program for first-generation college students, as well as a variety of other academic support services lead by a team of University Advisors. The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Academic Resource Center; she or he will supervise the campus Writing Center and serve on the Director’s leadership team in the management of the Academic Resource Center as a whole. The ARC seeks a colleague familiar with LMU’s mission and Ignatian heritage, as well as someone who appreciates the diversity of Los Angeles as a global city.

The Associate Director undertakes a variety of managerial responsibilities including hiring, training, and evaluating graduate and undergraduate writing tutors, scheduling and tracking tutoring services, assisting with promotional outreach, and budget oversight. The Associate Director also supervises and teaches 1-unit courses related to tutoring and tutor training, and leads assessment efforts for the Writing Center. Highly developed organizational and leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse team of professionals and students are therefore essential for this role.

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University, one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, is ranked #3 among regional universities in the West, #3 “Best Colleges for Veterans” (U.S. News & World Report), as well as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright recipients and the “Top 20 Colleges with the Happiest Students” (Princeton Review). LMU serves over 6,600 undergraduates and over 3,300 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, Education, Business Administration, and Law. LMU is one of the most diverse independent universities in the West: 55 percent of its students are from historically under-represented minority backgrounds. LMU students come from 50 states and 45 countries. Located on the west side of Los Angeles on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, less than one mile from a white‐sand beach and adjacent to the world’s third largest tech hub, including corporate offices of many “Silicon Beach” technology and media giants (e.g., Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Electronic Arts, and 500+ tech start-ups), LMU’s 142‐acre campus has been rated by multiple media outlets as one of the 12 most beautiful in the United States.

Qualifications and Application

For this position, typically a master’s degree is required; preference will be given to candidates who have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in a relevant field such as rhetoric or composition. Strong communication skills are essential, including the ability to articulate the Writing Center’s mission to students, faculty, parents/families, alumni, and donors. Familiarity with teaching methodologies, program evaluation, and tutor training are essential. Previous experience in assessment is important; three or more years of related professional experience in higher education is required, as is experience in staff and budget management.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with background and experience.

Interested candidates may submit a resume and cover letter to https://jobs.lmu.edu (reference #0170442). Cover letters should demonstrate the applicant’s leadership/management philosophy, expertise in writing center administration, experience working in and promoting a culturally diverse environment, as well as preparation to advance the work of an institution with a mission committed to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The review of complete applications will begin October 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Semifinalists will be asked to submit additional application materials (e.g., writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, graduate transcripts) related to the responsibilities of the position.

Assistant Director, Writing and Media Center, Iowa State University (Deadline: November 12, 2017)

The Writing and Media Center (WMC), a rapidly growing unit of the Dean of Students Office at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, seeks an Assistant Director to manage the daily operations of the main center and two satellite locations. The Assistant Director will participate in tutor education, lead portions of staff meetings, develop and teach workshops, lead writing retreats, conduct outreach presentations, schedule staff, teach one course in the English Department per calendar year, and maintain an active research agenda in writing center studies.

The successful candidate will possess knowledge and experience in writing center theory, practice, and administration; experience teaching first-year composition; supervision experience; strong presentation skills; adeptness at communicating to large audiences; strong organizational skills; close attention to detail; experience coordinating the logistics of collaborative projects; ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships; experience with assessment projects; strong decision-making and problem-solving skills; and intercultural competence. A graduate degree in English (any sub-discipline) is required. A PhD or an MFA in hand by the anticipated start date (August 1, 2018) is strongly preferred.

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Usual hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00. The WMC serves a land-grant institution that enrolls approximately 36,000 students, operating year-round to conduct over 5,000 in-person consultations each year. The WMC employs a full-time Intercultural Learning Specialist and over 50 undergraduate and graduate student colleagues.

To view the full job ad and application instructions, please visit https://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/28302.

Questions may be directed to Christa Tiernan at ctiernan@iastate.edu.

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