Writing Center Job Announcements

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Assistant Professor, Writing Program, Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing (Deadline: March 6, 2017)

Goucher College is a small college with a big view of the world. Located 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD, we’re reimagining liberal arts education and preparing our students for the jobs of the future. We encourage innovation both inside and outside the classroom, and we welcome big, bold ideas. One-third of our students come from a multicultural background. Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.

Goucher’s Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing offers a dynamic Four-Year Vertical Curriculum, which begins with our First-Year Writing Program and continues with our Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) program.  We also offer a minor in Creative Writing, a minor in Professional Writing, and together with the Center for Humanities, an English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing.

Goucher College’s Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing invites applications for two full-time, non-tenure track faculty positions, starting in August, 2017:

Digital Rhetorics

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in digital rhetorics, multimodal composition, or writing across media. The successful candidate must have at least two years of experience teaching courses in related subjects and have scholarly interests informed by one or more of the fields listed above.

Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC)

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in a Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) or similar program/initiative, with at least two years of experience. In addition to the teaching duties, the successful candidate will work with WEC faculty across different academic disciplines on infusing writing into their courses and enriching the teaching of our WEC program. As part of Goucher’s newly adopted 4-year vertical writing program, students typically take a WEC course (in or outside of their prospective majors) during their sophomore year. The successful candidate will also help coordinate our writing proficiency process.

Selected candidates will teach our first-year writing courses and our advanced academic and professional writing courses. This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Teaching is at the heart of our mission, and we are committed to building student-mentoring relationships, as well as helping students develop resilience and encouraging them to reflect on their individual learning styles as the basic building blocks for a lifetime of success. We seek candidates with a commitment to this kind of student mentoring, ongoing scholarly research, and service to the department, the college, and the liberal arts. We also incorporate an international perspective into each discipline. In your application materials, you should clearly articulate how you envision achieving these goals.

Both positions require a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the time of appointment. Alternatively, candidates with a Ph.D. in a related discipline with extensive teaching experience in Composition will be considered. Broad training and expertise in writing studies and its digital applications is required.

The review of applications will begin on March 6, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. The successful candidates will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.   Interested applicants must apply online at http://goucher.interviewexchange.com

The following application materials are required:

  • CV
  • Cover letter (please make it clear to which position you are applying)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of scholarly interests

Three letters of recommendation and official graduate transcripts should be forwarded separately to: Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing Search, Provost’s Office, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794. (Alternatively, PDF versions of recommendations and transcripts can be emailed to the Provost’s Administrative Assistant, Gigi Greenfield, at rgreenfi@goucher.edu). Inquiries about these positions may be directed to Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, Director of the Center for Contemporary and Creative Writing (phaye.poliakoff-chen@goucher.edu).

Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TT Director of Writing Center, Union University (Open until filled)

Union University seeks a qualified individual for 12-month, tenure-track faculty position of Director of the Writing Center.

Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in Jackson, Tenn. (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, Tenn. Union University currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 40 states and 30 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nation’s premier Christian universities and has been recognized as a top tier institution each year since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognized Union at a national level for undergraduate teaching excellence. Union was also recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” one of only 30 four-year institutions to receive this honor roll designation.

Position Description:

The newly established Writing Center is an integral part of Union’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is designed to enhance student writing and provide pedagogical and curricular support to the greater campus community. The new director, who will also hold a faculty appointment in the English Department, will oversee the Writing Center from its inception and will be responsible for implementing the strategic vision, goals, objectives, and assessment measures pertaining to the QEP. The director will support the faith-based identity of Union University and provide direct services to faculty, staff, and students.  Duties include:

Principal Writing Center Responsibilities

  • Shape the development of the Writing Center to be an effective learning environment, providing strategic vision, communication, and objectives.
  • Hire, train, and evaluate Writing Center student staff in disciplinary best practices.
  • Work with students directly to strengthen writing and study skills.
  • Work with faculty to incorporate writing into their classrooms and to conduct research related to writing and the writing process.
  • Partner with campus faculty, staff, and students as a facilitator, workshop trainer, designer, and a developer of writing materials.
  • Evaluate and recommend writing curricula and technologies for campus and library needs.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to report on Writing Center services in order to promote student success and retention.
  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Writing Center.
  • Write the five-year QEP Impact Report based on the collected quantitative and qualitative data.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Teach a 2-2 load of English courses, including introductory and advanced composition and technical writing.
  • Develop instructional plans to meet course competencies and submit budget and textbook requests by posted deadlines.
  • Participate in program planning, University committees, and school/department committees as designated by the Dean of Instruction.
  • Contribute to a collegial and positive work environment within the English Department and the Writing Center.
  • Participate in professional organizations and develop a research agenda. Attend professional meetings and workshops appropriate for the discipline.
  • Participate in campus and community activities related to the discipline of English.
  • Maintain regular office hours.
  • Support the faith-based identity of Union University and strive to exhibit a positive Christian attitude toward faculty, staff, and students.

Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a completed Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric & Composition, Professional/Technical Writing, or another rhetoric-based discipline is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a writing center in a university setting, with a preference given to individuals who have managed operations, supervised students and staff, and developed writing center programs. Preference will also be given to candidates with an active research agenda in writing center theory.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

Interested individuals may apply at http://www.uu.edu/humanresources.

Director, Tutoring and Writing Center, Rollins College (Deadline: March 3, 2017)

Winter Park, Florida

Reporting to the Library Director, the Director of the Tutoring & Writing Center has overall administrative responsibility for the operation of the Tutoring & Writing Center (TWC). This includes teaching credit-bearing courses in the College’s first-year writing program and training peer educators. In this capacity, the Director has a courtesy faculty appointment. While focusing on writing consultation, this role supervises and will work closely with the Assistant Director for Tutoring Services to hire, train, supervise and evaluate the work of over 100 peer educators in writing and tutoring and assess the work of the TWC. The Director of the TWC will join Rollins at an exciting time and will participate in developing innovative and effective ways to integrate TWC and library operations with other academic support services of the College. Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating an inclusive educational community that embraces diversity; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., Ed.D. or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Rhetoric and/or Composition Studies, English, Applied Linguistics, Language and Literacy); ABD candidates will be considered
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students in an interdisciplinary and multicultural academic environment
  • Experience working one-on-one with students on writing and/or advanced language acquisition in English
  • Experience teaching first-year writing in English (especially ESL/ELL/international or cross-cultural sections)
  • Ability to supervise staff and student employees
  • An appreciation for the liberal arts
  • Ability to manage and lead change in a rapidly evolving academic environment
  • Experience in a writing center (or related academic support center) or training and supervising peer educators is preferred

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is a highly selective, comprehensive liberal arts college with approximately 3,200 students in diverse degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The campus, noted for its lakefront beauty and unique location, is set in the residential community of Winter Park, just 15 minutes from one of the nation’s most dynamic urban centers, Orlando. Florida’s oldest recognized college.  Rollins College has been ranked one of the top regional universities in the South in the annual rankings of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.)

Rollins College offers a generous benefits package featuring comprehensive health coverage, retirement savings plan with generous employer contribution and full tuition waiver after one year for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents.

Interested candidates may view the complete position description and apply online through the Rollins College employment website. Apply link: http://jobs.rollins.edu/cw/en-us/job/492522/director-of-tutoring-and-writing-center

Application Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017.

Instructor of Visual Communication in Rice University’s Program in Writing & Communication (Deadline: 2/28/17)

Rice University’s Program in Writing and Communication seeks applicants for a two-year, nonrenewable instructor position in Visual Communication. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position that resembles a post-doctoral fellowship.

The primary focus of this position is to collaborate with the faculty and staff of the Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) and its partners to advance visual communication across the various schools, departments, and programs at Rice.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach 2-3 upper or lower-division courses on visual and multimodal communication per year;
    ·     Develop workshops for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
    ·     Plan and oversee a symposium on visual and multimodal communication pedagogy in second year of the appointment
    ·     Launch a collaboration with the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD awarded, or all PhD requirements fulfilled, between 2012- June 1, 2017. A PhD on visual or multimodal communication or a related discipline that strongly emphasizes one of these areas is required.
    Successful teaching experience at the university level.
    • Demonstrated commitment to research and scholarship.
    • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with faculty and students.
    • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)
    • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to developing serious, critical, and theoretical programs in visual and multimodal communication
    • Experience creating training materials for different academic audiences
    • Experience producing multi-modal scholarship
    • Experience visualizing experiments and producing graphs
    • Experience leveraging interactive multimedia in scholarly pedagogy
    • Proficiency with quantitative and visualization tools such as R, Tableau, GIS, Tableau, D3.js
    • Knowledge of computer-aided drawing tools (CAD)
    • Experience in academic events planning
    • Experience promoting programs and/or services

Interested candidates must apply online: http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/9512.  The application deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Wilson (jsw@rice.edu), Director of the Center for Written, Oral, & Visual Communication at Rice University.

Trinity College’s Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric, FT NTT Faculty (Deadline: Feb. 24, 2017)

The Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric invites applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track, contract renewable, faculty position with opportunities for advancement, beginning fall 2017. Teaching responsibilities include first year composition and advanced courses in rhetoric and composition.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition by July 1, 2017 (or PhD in English with significant coursework or research in rhetoric and composition as well as teaching experience).  Teaching load is 3/2.  Initial two-year contract with 3-5 year contracts upon promotion.  Competitive salary and benefits.  After promotion, Senior Lecturers and Principal Lecturers are eligible for a one-semester research leave.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant Writing Program and propose and develop courses, serve on college and programmatic committees, advise students, and provide expertise in composition pedagogy to faculty and students across disciplines. We are looking for a committed writing faculty member with a demonstrated area of scholarly interest.  Areas of expertise might include: community engagement, digital rhetoric, writing for the sciences, civic rhetoric, or cultural rhetoric.

Please send letter of application, C.V., teaching statement, sample syllabi for an introductory and an advanced composition course, graduate school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation electronically via https://trincoll.peopleadmin.com/.    Materials due February 24, 2017.  Questions should be directed to Tennyson O’Donnell, Director of the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric, Chair of the Search Committee, at tennyson.odonnell@trincoll.edu.   Interviews conducted March 15-18 at the 2017 CCCC in Portland, OR.  Trinity College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. [R]

Trinity College is a coeducational, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut.  Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated pedagogical framework.  The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to attracting and supporting a faculty of women and men who fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the United States.  We seek applications from minorities, women, and other under-represented groups.

Founding Director of Center for Writing and Learning Support, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Review begins Feb. 15, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director will work to establish and direct the Seminary’s Center for Writing and Learning Support, offering direct support to students, supervising tutors, developing both remedial and enrichment learning opportunities, and working collaboratively with Continuing Education to develop programs for ministers and other leaders.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Writing & Learning Support

  • Offers direct support to students
  • Trains and supervises writing and learning support tutors
  • Develops workshops, courses, and other programming to support academic writing and learning skills of students
  • Develops and implements means to assess student writing and learning skills in order to develop appropriate programs for support

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Writing Enrichment

  • Develops courses, workshops, etc. to support the growth of students in other forms of writing (e.g. creative writing, poetry, writing liturgies and prayers, blog writing, etc.) as an important aspect of preparation for Christian leaders in a variety of settings

Collaboration with Continuing Education

  • Collaborates with the Office of Continuing Education to offer workshops and courses for ministers and other leaders who want to improve their writing and communication for both personal enrichment and vocational support

Faculty Support

  • Offers some writing support to faculty
  • Supports faculty in writing for an audience beyond the academy

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

  • Organizational and leadership skills sufficient to establish and direct the Center
  • Vision and imagination sufficient to develop and expand the Center’s work
  • Competency in working cross-culturally and with international students
  • Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
  • Proficient interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community, including students, faculty, and staff
  • Sufficient knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and appropriate instructional technologies
  • Ability to assess the effectiveness of program offerings

EDUCATION/TRAINING/EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • Master’s level study in a theological discipline (theology, history of Christianity, biblical studies, practical theology, etc.) and/or master’s level study in a discipline appropriate to writing/learning support (English, rhetoric, composition, creative writing)
  • Familiarity with theological education
  • Experience tutoring and assessing student needs
  • Significant experience writing and editing
  • Knowledge of pedagogy of writing and best practices in teaching writing
  • Some travel required

Preferred:

  • A terminal degree (PhD, ThD, MFA, or equivalent)
  • Experience leading a college, university, or seminary writing center
  • Experience working in a college, university, or seminary writing center

Job Location

616 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Seminary affirms the commitment of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to a diverse workplace and equal opportunity. It also complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and executive orders relating to equal opportunity in employment.

To Apply

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, a complete CV or resume, and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail) for three references. Application materials should be submitted to the Center for Writing and Learning Support Search Committee at writingsearch@pts.edu.

The search committee will begin its review of applications on February 15, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Assistant Director (Writing), Academic Success Center, University of La Verne (Deadline: Open until filled)

The Assistant Director supports undergraduate and graduate writing at the Academic Success Center, including managing the day to day operations, responding to student needs, training and scheduling tutors and cohort coordinators, offering writing consultations when needed, maintaining records, and providing various types of assistance to the Associate Dean.

Specific Duties

  1. Assist in the management of the day-to-day operations and activities of the ASC, including recruiting, training, observing, and supervising graduate and undergraduate writing tutors and cohort tutor leads, 20 employees;
  2. Develop and deliver academic-skills workshops for graduate and undergraduate students;
  3. Communicate with undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional students and departments regarding services offered by the ASC;
  4. Review institutional data and consult with faculty on the ASC writing needs: writing across the curriculum, first-year writing, and dissertation support;
  5. Develop and teach a writing seminar;
  6. Assist in the coordination of independent or collaborative events programs, or initiatives designed to promote the ASC, its services, and student success (e.g. SOAR, Orientation, etc);
  7. Track student satificaton of the ASC and help implement new ways to improve;
  8. Represent the ASC in University committees and programs as needed;
  9. Supervise tutors in research within the ASC; and
  10. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

Degree: Master’s degree in Composition, English, Writing Studies, or related field.

Minimum Experience: 3 years experience with academic support services like writing centers, 2 years experience working with university students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and 2 years experience conducting research with undergraduates and faculty.

Minimum knowledge: knowledge in writing across the disciplines, familiarity with teaching and learning issues for college students, college-level disciplinary knowledge standards and teaching practices, familiarity with college-level academic support standards and practices, and familiarity with writing center scholarship

Read the full job announcement and apply here.

WPA/Executive Director of Writing Programs, Azusa Pacific University (Deadline: Open until filled)

Academic Administrator Position Job Description

Position Title:  WPA/Executive Director of Writing Programs

Position Tracking Number:  F607

School/College:  Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research

Department:  Writing Programs

Location:  Azusa, CA

Description: 

The WPA/Executive Director of Writing Programs serves as a writing program administrator in a leadership role that oversees the development, management, and supervision of writing programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at APU.  Duties include initiating faculty development programs to improve writing pedagogy, establishing and assessing writing outcomes across the curriculum, and serving on undergraduate and graduate committees to represent writing programs and teaching.  The WPA/Executive Director will collaborate with other academic support services on campus.  He/she will supervise the Writing Center Director, the First Year Writing Coordinator, and the writing program staff, and will manage the office budget.

Specialization:

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or related field.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and employ an annual strategic plan directed towards achieving university writing outcomes.
  • Work with the Director of General Education and other writing-related personnel as needed to develop and monitor a culture of writing at APU.
  • Work with all facets of writing instruction at APU to facilitate delivery, assessment, and effective use of writing resources, including professional development of writing instructors; collaborate with the English Department Chair as appropriate.
  • Supervise the First Year Writing Coordinator who will oversee Writing 1 and lab instruction and assessment.
  • Supervise the Writing Center Director to ensure a superb writing support structure to all university students.
  • Work with the General Education Council, Undergraduate Studies Council, Masters Studies Council, and Doctoral Studies Council to help students achieve university-wide aims for writing.
  • Coordinate writing instruction goals for all courses at APU.
  • Coordinate and facilitate writing instruction assessment at APU.
  • Promote writing across the curriculum and within disciplines of study.
  • In collaboration with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, provide professional development opportunities to faculty teaching writing courses and faculty using writing in courses across the curriculum.
  • Identify resources and needs, develop budget requests, and manage annual budget.
  • Serve on university committees.
  • Teach a writing course each academic year as determined by the Vice Provost and English Department Chair in light of workload demands.
  • Participate in activities to maintain competency related to current developments in teaching, research, and scholarship in rhetoric, composition, and program administration.

Level: Academic Administrator

Qualifications: 

  • Understanding current theories and best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment of written communication.
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence in writing and writing instruction.
  • Excellent record of teaching.
  • Strong commitment to innovation, experimentation, and quality in education.
  • Expertise in organizing faculty development opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Strong project planning and management skills.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population.

Experience: 

  • Three or more years’ experience in writing program administration.
  • Teaching experience in university writing courses.

Workload:

  • Full time, 12 months

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Ability to work under pressure, exuding a mature demeanor while multi-tasking in a deadline-oriented environment with accuracy and consistency.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in determining when to act independently and when to consult management prior to taking action.
  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based high education for its students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues.

Hire Date:  Open until filled

Additional Information:

At Azusa Pacific University we value and uphold God-honoring diversity.  Diversity was not our idea, but God’s. Therefore, we aim for an environment that respects and honors each individual’s uniqueness while celebrating our collective commonalities. It is in this spirit that we continue important discourse on diversity, engage a variety of perspectives, and embrace active listening in a spirit of humility. We continue our efforts to recruit, hire, and support a diverse community in an effort to create a milieu that reflects the mosaic of God’s kingdom.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit http://www.apu.edu/cp/employment/. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.

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