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Position: Program Director - Faculty Writing Center

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Stipend 2IA – Department not found Full-time P97900

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Dean - University College, the Program Director - Faculty Writing Center will: oversee the Center’s administration and strategic planning while teaching one or two composition-focused courses per semester; liaison with campus faculty to develop services and programs that position the Writing Center as responsive to the needs of a maturing university writing community; develop and oversee tutor hiring and training standards; maintain CRLA and NADE certification and oversee program evaluation and assessment; supervise budget in concert with the Writing Center Coordinator; stay current and participate in writing center scholarship and national and regional organizations. The tenure of the Program Director - Faculty Writing Center is a minimum of one year, and may transition into a permanent position as funding become available.



Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Direct the strategic planning, administration, management, finance and budgets of the Writing Center.
  • Develop and direct on-going program evaluation and outcomes assessment; manage program review and accreditation reports.
  • Supervise budgets for the Writing Center; prepare PBA proposals.
  • Develop and oversee tutor hiring standards (including possibly expanding qualification levels of tutor positions), tutor training program (including developing a credit-bearing internship or tutor training course), and tutor evaluation standards. 
  • Provide direction for writing across the curriculum initiatives by leading and participating in campus writing committees and discussions, including those involving the development of upper division writing courses and major capstone courses. 
  • Develop new Writing Center programs to support university needs (including support for graduate student and faculty writing, community writing, ESL student writing, etc.). 
  • Conduct and publish writing center research and scholarship; participate in conferences and regional and national organizations. 
  • Direct use of Writing Center space; oversee development of resources. 
  • Delegate responsibilities as needed to Writing Center Coordinator.  
  • Coordinate strategic planning, PBA, assessment, tutor training, marketing, outreach services, and events with Tutoring and Academic Skills Services.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Full-time staff employee. 

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • Occasional off-campus travel to conferences. 
  • Availability required for some evenings and weekends for tutor and campus events


Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctoral degree in Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Center theory and administration, composition pedagogy or related field and three years of experience in Writing Center administration or similar administrative experience preferred. Outstanding teaching evaluations from students and peers essential.

  •  Managerial and/or administrative experience in higher education/academic setting. 
  •  Advanced skills in strategic thinking, presentation, writing, and public speaking, including designing, writing, and explaining information to faculty, students, and administration. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in current composition theory and writing pedagogy. 
  • Strong record of scholarship in rhetoric and composition, writing center, composition pedagogy, or related field
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills required.
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement programs to meet a broad range of writing support needs, from developmental students to upper-level and graduate students, to faculty.
  • Advanced interpersonal, problem solving, decision making, prioritizing, and negotiation skills. 
  • Experience with and commitment to academic quality, rigor, and integrity. 
  • Ability to supervise others.

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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