Interim Director - Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching
- University of Puget Sound
- Location details
- Tacoma, WA
- Position type
- Department chair, Administrator
- Organization type
- 4-year college or university
- Composition and rhetoric, Technical and business writing, Creative writing
- Employment category
Interim Director - Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 5801
Location: Writing Center
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Staff Posting Details
Appointment: Three (3) year interim position. Full-time (1.0 FTE)
The Interim Director directs student programming and coordinates day-to-day operations in the CWLT. The Interim Director supports student academic achievement at the University of Puget Sound by supervising CWLT staff members, directing the university's Writing Advisor programming; coordinating academic counseling for students at risk; offering faculty development support related to writing instruction; and working with other staff members in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching to assess and further develop programming.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
- Lead in the hiring, training, and mentoring of Peer Writing Advisors, Subject Tutors, and Peer Academic Consultants.
- Lead bimonthly student staff meetings and/or ongoing peer staff education.
- Teach CWLT 300: Research on Writing and Learning, the course for new Subject Tutors and Writing Advisors, as well as a section open to disciplinary tutors across campus.
- Coordinate with the faculty development center to offer periodic programming and consultation related to writing pedagogy
- Coordinate services for students seeking assistance with time management, test-taking strategies, writing, and other academic performance issues, through assessing student needs and referring to appropriate student, staff, or self-directed resources.
- Coordinate administrative support for new student academic orientation and one-to-one writing appointments during the summer.
- Serve on university committees, as needed (including Academic Leadership Team, LEAD, pre-Student Alert Group).
- Write CWLT annual report and annual diversity report.
- Supervise the CWLT Office Manager and Peer Tutor Coordinator staff positions.
- Supervise CWLT Writing Advisors and Peer Academic Consultants.
- Manage the CWLT operating budget.
- Ph.D. degree preferred (in Composition and Rhetoric, Education, or a related field); Master's degree acceptable.
- Professional engagement and experience with writing center work and with teaching writing at the college level.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work with a diverse student population including multilingual students and students with disabilities.
- Experience teaching with educational technology such as Canvas or other learning management system, Google Workspace, and Zoom.
- Ability to set goals and work independently while contributing to a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
- Experience supervising student employees.
- Knowledge of assessment practices preferred.
- Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/overview-of-university-benefit/.
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than May 24, 2021 to ensure consideration.
- Letter of Interest
- Diversity Statement
Applicant's Diversity Statement: As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/diversity-strategic-plan/ prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:
- Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
- Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
- Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
- Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
- Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
- Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
- Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
About the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching: The CWLT is a thriving center for peer learning that offers undergraduate peer tutoring in writing across the curriculum, as well as subject tutoring, academic consulting, and multilingual language partners. With support from faculty mentors, students from our center regularly present at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, which we hosted in 2016, and our students have presented at the European Writing Centers Association Conference and the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing. Sound Writing is the award-winning, open-source writing handbook authored by students from our Center in collaboration with faculty mentors. The CWLT was founded in 1984 and was featured in the landmark 1993 Writing Centers in Context.
About Puget Sound:
The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.
- We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
- We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
- We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.
The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.
How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment
About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA
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