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Assistant Director, Writing Center
About the Position: The Assistant Director will have primary responsibility for managing the daily operations of the Writing Center, including scheduling all aspects of center instruction as well as supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate writing assistants. The Assistant Director will also assist in the professional development of writing assistants, in program assessment and instructional design, and in coordinating instructional plans for writers with complex needs. The Assistant Director will report to the Director, who currently reports to the Dean of Libraries.

40 hours a week; 10 months per year, September 1 through June 30.  This position has a start date of 9/3/13.

About the College/Department: To promote scholarly habits of mind for lifelong learning, the Western Washington University Writing Center collaborates closely with its Learning Commons’ partners to connect academic literacy support for researching, reading, and writing. The Writing Center offers reading and writing instruction to students of all levels and disciplines in one-to-one and small group conferences available face-to-face and online. Writing center instruction is available for students who seek writing consulting on their own, and it is also embedded in disciplinary courses in collaboration with faculty and librarians. 
Position Responsibilities:
  • (50%) Manage the daily operations of the Writing Center: recruit, assess, and mentor a cohort of 25-35 undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants; coordinate and assign personnel to program elements; lead outreach efforts and workshops.
  • (25%) Assist with professional development: mentor writing assistants in selecting promising teaching strategies, including practices for multilingual, non-traditional, first generation, distance, and disAbled students; assess learning needs of writing assistants; assist internship seminar course; facilitate a lively and reflexive learning community among Writing Center staff.
  • (20%) Support instructional design and program development: assist in ongoing assessment of student needs; develop innovative teaching initiatives to meet needs; assess program learning outcomes for continuous improvement of instruction; collaborate with Learning Commons’ partners in instructional design.
  • (5%) Coordinate writing partner services to students with complex needs: plan Writing Center teaching initiatives for graduate, multilingual, and distance students who request ongoing, sequenced instruction; equip writing assistants to implement individual curriculum in sequenced appointments.
Required Qualifications:
  • MA in Rhetoric and Composition, Education, TESOL, or related humanities field.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience teaching or tutoring in a writing center or related context.
  • Experience designing and implementing teaching and learning initiatives or curricula.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication, leadership, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills for working with diverse students, staff, and faculty.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with teaching theories, multilingual theories, and composition pedagogies.
  • Experience in a writing center situated in a learning commons context.
  • Experience with various disciplinary and academic writing genres.
  • Experience with technology-enhanced pedagogies.
Academic Emphasis:
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience; new hires typically start at $35,000 (based on 10 months); full benefits package includes generous annual leave.  
Bargaining Union:
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in on the link below and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.   Submit a CV and cover letter that addresses your experience related to position qualifications and includes a paragraph summarizing your philosophy of writing center pedagogy. You can upload or cut and paste your materials as noted on the EASE application. Applications must be received by May 10th, 2013.
Other Information: For further information, please contact Ms. Connie Mallison, Search Committee Coordinator, by email at Connie.Mallison@wwu.edu
Job Posted: 4/12/2013
Closing Date: 5/10/2013
Recruitment #: 130183
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

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