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Writing Center Director

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Job Title Writing Center Director
Job Description

The position of Writing Center Director is a term faculty position on the Fayette Campus, but a position that will include responsibilities university-wide. It entails teaching half of the normal load of writing courses (on the Fayette campus and perhaps online) and directing the Writing Center, as well as collaborating with English faculty and the department chair for the Humanities to coordinate the composition offerings across all modalities. The director’s main purpose is to continually assess the academic writing environment of Upper Iowa University as a whole and implement programs university-wide to encourage student engagement in writing processes, with the goal of ensuring academic success for all Upper Iowa students.

Essential Duties Summary

1. Teaching Load
Teach a combination of 12 credit hours of writing, or writing-related courses per year. Additional courses may be taught as overloads, provided they do not interfere with other job responsibilities.

2. Direct the Writing Center which in its activities promotes participation in and conversation about all manner of writing projects.
a. Hire, train, schedule, and supervise student writing consultants
b. Meet on a regular basis with writing consultants to provide professional development
c. Survey students and faculty about academic writing needs and writing consultations.
d. Mentor students individually or in groups
e. Organize events that bring writers to campus or promote student engagement with writing.
f. Mentor student consultants doing research or projects that pertain to writing center studies.
g. Provide student consultants the opportunity to share their research or learn from peers at state, regional or national writing center conferences.
h. Be able to offer writing consultations to students as necessary in all courses that require a paper.
i. If necessary, administer workshops on writing-related topics.
j. When the schedule allows, provide remote writing consultations to students outside the Fayette campus (such as for senior projects).
k. Develop and maintain online writing resources such as the web site, scheduling site, social media presence, email address, and blog.
I. Provide materials for dissemination during OAR Days.

3. Administrative Duties for Arts and Humanities
a. Work in collaboration with English faculty and chair of the Humanities to schedule all courses in the composition sequence (including ENG 091 and 095—100, 101, and 201).
b. Provide placement guidelines articulation for placement into remedial coursework in
c. Serve on committees and other service responsibilities as assigned by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

4. Programs
a. Determine if the programs in place are supporting the academic writing community of UIU students.
b. Develop new programs to meet the changing academic writing needs of UIU’s students & student consultants.
c. Develop programs to meet the professional development needs of student consultants

5. Communicate with the faculty and:
a. Attend School of Liberal Arts meetings
b. Attend English faculty meetings
c. Participate in faculty orientation
d. Provide memos to the faculty concerning the Writing Center and available writing support services
e. Consult with faculty who seek collaboration in integrating writing requirements into their curricula
6. Communicate with the university community regarding:
a. Writing Center schedule
b. Seminars that are offered on writing-related topics
c. Consultant or Writing Fellow availability
d. Writing Center handout included in OAR day packets
e. General advertising to promote writing events

7. General office responsibilities
a. Supervise federal and UIU work-study student employees and handle the record­keeping of Writing Center-related activity
b. Compile and report statistics of the Writing Center
c. Follow up with faculty regarding academic writing needs of writing-intensive courses when necessary
d. Maintain records for the Writing Center
8. Budget for the Writing Center in coordination with the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the chair of the Humanities.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. level degree or Master’s level degree in relevant discipline (English, Writing, Composition Studies, Creative Writing, Rhetoric, etc.); experience with diverse student body; experience teaching advanced as well as developmental coursework; experience with English Language Learner (ELL) students; a minimum of two years university level teaching experience in relevant coursework; experience advising, mentoring and supervising college-age students; experience with promotions, public relations, and budget management.
Previous experience in a writing center is essential.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. or Masters degree

Physical Demands
Location Fayette, IA

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F16P
Open Date 08/15/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Close Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity? (Please be specific)

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Have you worked in Higher Ed before?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Are you a current employee of the university?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation