Writing Program Co-Director/Writing Center Director

DESCRIPTION OF JOB:

The Writing Program Co-Director/Writing Center Director shares leadership with the Writing Program Faculty Fellow Co-Director to provide direction for a College-wide writing program including the development of a shared vision, language, expectations, tools, and initiatives for writing. This position facilitates connections, partnerships, and integration between writing, reading, and critical thinking consistent with the Strategic Framework priority. Provides leadership in the student Writing Center and in all aspects of academic writing support across student populations.

Responsibilities:
Overall Leadership

  • Provide leadership and direction to all aspects of the Writing Center including designing its services, activities, assessment, and outreach
  • Promote the services and usage of the Writing Center across student constituencies
  • Conduct and/or support inquiry into the teaching and learning of writing
  • Work to meet the administrative and resource needs of student writing at the College, including resources related to technology access in and out of the classroom

Student Support

  • Hire, supervise, and train peer tutors for the Writing Center, including the residence halls and specialty areas like English Language Learners and science writers
  • Provide one-on-one tutoring and academic writing support to individual students, as appropriate
  • Collaborate to provide a range of direct academic writing support to students that extends beyond traditional one-on-one tutoring arrangements, such as classroom workshops, group tutoring, podcasts, etc.
  • Develop, distribute, and educate about resources that support the teaching and learning of writing, such as podcasts, sample assignments, tools, etc.
  • Provide relevant, developmental writing support for students acquiring college-level writing skills
  • Support College Completion and graduate student writing needs, including writing for publication at the graduate level
  • Develop processes and support options for students who cannot physically come to the Writing Center
  • Coordinate peer mentor program in introductory writing courses

SECONDARY JOB FUNCTIONS

Partnerships

 

  • Co-convene an advisory group to ensure collaboration around writing, reading, and critical thinking across different units at the College
  • Work with area high schools to understand and build bridges from high school to college writing
  • Support the development and implementation of pre-college writing opportunities at the College
  • Work with higher education feeder institutions to build bridges from transfer pipelines
  • Collaborate with student support services, Cutting Edge, MSAP, personal counseling, admissions, residence life, etc. to provide academic support to students
  • Collaborate with enriched learning initiatives related to writing, reading, and critical thinking, such as the student paper, literary magazine, Honors Program, Edgewood Engaged, student orgs, etc.
  • Collaborate with librarians to promote information/media literacy, digital technology, integration of non-print media, student events, etc.
  • Participate on college committees as relevant to the role

Assessment

  • Assess the services of the Writing Center and make adjustments based upon learning from feedback
  • Partner on translating learning from assessment into faculty development opportunities

Faculty Development

  • Partner on the design, implementation and assessment of relevant faculty development initiatives in the teaching of writing with the Faculty Fellow Co-Director
  • Facilitate ongoing dialogue about writing at the College

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Necessary Education or Work Experience:

  • Master’s degree (preferred) in English writing or related field with a minimum of three years of experience providing academic support for/teaching writing at the post-secondary level
  • Experience working with academically underprepared and ESL students
  • Documented success in tutoring and teaching of writing

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of research and theory pertaining to college writing and ESL
  • Knowledge of research and theory pertaining to field of developmental education
  • Ability to teach and present ideas effectively to students of varying abilities
  • Experience with on-line methods of providing writing support services to diverse learners
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a collaborative setting and on an individual basis
  • Ability to handle difficult situations with patience
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences in learning
  • Skill in fostering independent learning in students

Other Qualifications:
Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

For first consideration, please submit application materials by April 24, 2019
To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources –WPCD
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
E-mail: humanresources@edgewood.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer