Writing Center Director

Position Description

11-month, full-time, non-tenured, “Exempt from State Human Resources Act” (EHRA) administrative appointment, with graduate teaching responsibilities.

The Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte seeks an outstanding leader-teacher-scholar with energy and vision to serve as the Director of the Writing Resources Center (WRC), beginning July 1, 2022.

The WRC fosters a culture of writing across campus. The Director works with a staff of 25-30 undergraduates, graduate students, and professional staff to serve 1,575+ students, faculty, and staff annually. With multiple locations across campus, the WRC provides over 4,000 conferences, face-to-face and online, and offers more than 50 workshops annually. The WRC has a long-standing commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. For additional information, visit our website at https://writing.uncc.edu/writing-resources-center.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or EdD (at time of appointment) in Rhetoric & Composition or closely related discipline

  • Demonstrated success in writing program administration

  • Record of effective teaching of college-level writing

  • Scholarship in writing center studies or related field

  • Experience working effectively with multicultural and otherwise diverse groups of people

  • Evidence of collegiality and a commitment to work collaboratively as part of a supportive team 

  • Ongoing commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success and ongoing interest in First-Year Writing, learning science, writing pedagogy, emerging media, and innovative technologies of digital communication

  • Leadership experience in writing program administration, particularly building a successful writing major

  • Expertise in writing across the curriculum

  • Potential to secure external funding

Job Duties

  • Conduct research, teach, and participate in service appropriate to the position of EHRA program administrator

  • Teach the seminar on writing center research, theory, and pedagogy

  • Develop and foster relationships across campus in support of the WRC

  • Recruit, hire, and provide ongoing education, training, and professional development for writing tutors across the disciplines

  • Demonstrate a commitment to linguistic diversity, including recruiting and retaining multilingual tutors

  • Design and implement workshops and programs in collaboration with WRC staff

  • Manage budget and identify funding opportunities

  • Engage with the Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies department to advance the undergraduate minor and major

  • Collaborate with the Department of English to recruit and mentor Graduate Teaching Assistants and other graduate students tutors

  • Collaborate with UNCC’s Communication Across the Curriculum Program to develop and coordinate support for the teaching and learning of writing campus-wide

  • Maintain ongoing Graduate Faculty status in WRDS

  • Maintain a daily presence in the WRC and engage in the center's programs

  • Develop and implement assessment plans

Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies Department

The WRDS department engages in teaching, research, and service in rhetoric, composition, and digital communication. WRDS is home to an exemplary First-Year Writing Program, the Writing Resources Center, and an emergent undergraduate minor and major. Together, WRDS programs are committed to providing UNC Charlotte students from first-year to graduate high-quality writing instruction, while serving as a site for innovative research and service to the university and the Charlotte community. For additional information about our department, visit our website at https://writing.uncc.edu/writing-rhetoric-digital-studies/what-writing-rhetoric-and-digital-studies.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 

As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. With its 35 graduate degrees and 78 undergraduate degree options, the College is connected to the world and its concerns, and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte region.

UNC Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive urban university, located on an expanding modern campus. The second largest of the 16 UNC System campuses, UNC Charlotte offers more than 30,000 culturally and ethnically diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNC Charlotte is the number one institution in North Carolina in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Latinx students, according to a recent analysis by Excelencia in Education. Not only does UNC Charlotte enroll more Latinx students than any other four-year college or university in North Carolina, but it also graduates Latinos at a higher rate. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus and an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. It supports faculty with family and medical leave policies, junior faculty development awards, internal faculty research grant opportunities, and other research opportunities. Charlotte offers a dynamic place to live, work, and connect for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, with its outstanding cultural, recreational, and business amenities. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Charlotte is consistently ranked one of the best cities to live (#20 by U.S. News & World Report.)

Our Commitment to Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and ADVANCE Institution. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. 

The WRDS department seeks candidates whose teaching, research, and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.

Required Application Materials

Please apply on-line at http://jobs.uncc.edu and include the following:

  1. Letter of application responding to the required and desired qualifications listed above,  including a statement of research and teaching interests

  2. Current curriculum vitae

  3. Writing sample

  4. List of three professional references

  5. Candidates identified for consideration should be prepared to submit three current letters of recommendation, sent separately to the search committee chair. Please do not send letters until requested. 

Complete applications received by October 15, 2021 are assured full consideration, although recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates will be asked during their initial interview to discuss how they address social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in teaching and research. 

Applicants are subject to a criminal background check. The finalist will be required to submit an official transcript of the highest earned degree.

For more information, please contact the search committee co-chairs: Rebecca Agosta (ragosta@uncc.edu) and Bryn Chancellor (bchancellor@uncc.edu).

Departmental administrative contact: Denise Sabo, dsabo1@uncc.edu, 704-687-1902.

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