Whittier College is seeking an experienced writing specialist to lead the Writing Center and direct the College Writing Program.
The College Writing Program is a writing-intensive feature of the liberal arts curriculum, which is designed to teach students how to communicate effectively at each successive level of their major discipline, as well as to general audiences outside their chosen fields. In our writing courses, students are trained to read and listen critically and to construct supportable written arguments, integrating knowledge from within and without their chosen disciplines, through recursive, collaborative processes.
The Director will work with the Dean of Academic Success and the faculty to staff the College Writing Program, an integral feature of the First-Year Experience Program. Each semester and throughout the summer, the Director will offer professional development training for students serving as tutors, and for Faculty teaching INTD 100, College Writing Seminar. In turn the Director will be expected to teach INTD 90, Introductory Writing Seminar, once each semester, and INTD 100, College Writing Seminar, once each semester. Additionally, the Director will serve as an academic advisor for students in the INTD 90 courses each semester.
The Director will work with the Center for Advising and Academic Success during the summer months to support Summer Advising and Registration and transition to Whittier College experiences. Additionally, the Director will work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to establish clear assessment standards and protocols for the College Writing Program, its instructors, and Writing Across the Curriculum.
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Exempt Status: Faculty, Exempt; 12 Months
Full Time/Part Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $75,000-80,000 (dependent on qualifications)
Reports to: Dean of Academic Success
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Writing Program
Below is a listing of the essential functions of the Director of Writing Center:
- Work with the Dean of Academic Success to re-establish the Writing Center to support the College Writing Program.
- The expectation is that the Writing Director will work on campus during the time of their appointment.
- Develop and deliver professional training development workshops for student peer writing associates (tutors) each semester and during the summer months.
- Develop and deliver professional training development workshops for Faculty members teaching INTD 90 or INTD 100 and Writing Across the Curriculum at Whittier College.
- Supporting Summer Advising and Registration and transitioning to Whittier College experiences in May, June, July, and August, directed by the Dean of Academic Success.
- Service on College-wide faculty committees such as the curriculum committee, Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee, or others directed by the Dean of Academic Success.
- Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the Writing Center and each component of the College Writing Program.
If adjustments to the teaching schedule need to be made, the Director will work with the Dean of Academic Success to establish projects for the academic year. In general, the Director teaches 50% of their workload, with 25% of their time dedicated to training and management of the tutors, and the other 25% dedicated to the professional development and training of the faculty.
Master’s Degree required. Terminal Degree preferred in Rhetoric and Composition, English, ESL Education (concentration in literacy/writing), or a related field.
The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/EOE.