Associate Director of The Writing Center
Michigan State University is seeking a Specialist – Teacher who will serve in the role of Associate Director (AD) for its Writing Center. The AD position is a one-year, annual year position in the Academic Specialist system with an expected term of five years. Annual renewal is contingent on performance reviews, program need, and availability of funding. The candidate who assumes this position will assist the director by facilitating some combination of the following responsibilities:
• day-to-day operation of our nine writing center locations (including, for instance, the preparation, scheduling, supervision, and on-going professional development of writing and digital writing consultants in our various online and neighborhood locations);
• oversight of the center’s web/media presence, including both front and back facing sides of the website, all social media outlets, and media production for center programming;
• development of new initiatives related to writing center programming, including consultant training/mentoring, faculty consultations, mentoring and ambassador programs, support for writers and digital and multimedia writing and rhetoric;
• development of new initiatives related to Tier II writing (WAC/WID/CAC/CID);
• development and involvement of writing consultants in center-related research initiatives (including the development of grant proposals to fund such research);
• support of our ongoing Community Composing Project, including grant writing, community networking, student mentoring, and website/media design and implementation; and
• teaching of one course each semester related to the center’s mission (e.g., the consultant preparation course, FYW, etc).
Salary & Benefits (http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html): The annual-year salary is nationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University offers a highly competitive package of benefits, including highly attractive retirement benefits.
Start Date: July 1 or earlier, depending on candidate availability.
Masters -Rhetoric/Composition, English, English e
Doctorate -Rhetoric/Composition, English, English e
A PhD in Rhetoric/Composition, English, English education, or a related field; administrative experience in a writing center or writing program
Required Application Materials Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site http://careers.msu.edu/. Qualified applicants should submit:
a) a cover letter
b) current curriculum vitae
c) a statement of writing center philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications
d) a summary of your experience with diversity in the center/classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and
e) the names and email addresses for 3 letter of reference providers.
Special Instructions Review of applications will begin April 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information contact Trixie Smith, Chair of the Search Committee, Director of The Writing Center, email@example.com. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
The MSU Writing Center (http://writing.msu.edu/): Located in the oldest research-intensive land-grant university in the nation, the MSU Writing Center has enjoyed strong university support across its twenty-six-year history. During 2017-18 year, the 15 graduate assistants and 70+ graduate and undergraduate writing consultants who worked in the center offered more than 13,000 one-to-one consulting sessions and 200 classroom presentations and facilitated more than 200 graduate writing group meetings, in addition to a wide range of other writing-related workshops and outreach initiatives.
The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.