Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center

The University of Southern of Mississippi enthusiastically welcomes applications for the position of Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English. This full-time, tenure-track position includes both a faculty role and administrative leadership of our excellent Writing Center. The successful candidate will contribute additional expertise in composition and rhetoric and Writing Center Studies to English and join a strong student success and support network at the University level.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 
The Director serves as an assistant professor with associated teaching, scholarship, and service duties. The selected candidate will have an active and productive research agenda. All faculty in the English program participate in the collegial day-to-day work of supporting colleagues and students as well as performing college and university service as needed and appropriate to rank.

As an administrator, they will provide overall vision, leadership, strategic management, and assessment of the Writing Center.

Administrative duties include:

1. Provide direction, guidance, and support to the Writing Center staff and campus collaborators, setting appropriate goals and establishing key priorities.

2.Hire, train, mentor, and evaluate Writing Center tutors.

3. Assess established learning outcomes and program goals for the Writing Center, adjusting over time as needed

4. Coordinate and facilitate Writing Center programming for key constituencies (e.g., faculty and staff, multilingual writers, graduate students, STEM majors, capstone courses, etc.).

5. Work collaboratively with key Director colleagues (Speaking Center, Composition, Center for Faculty Development) to support common goals

6. Work with the Office of the Provost to collaborate with student success and faculty development initiatives campus-wide.

7. Work closely with the Writing Center's Assistant Director to oversee scheduling, payroll, and day-to-day operations.

8. Oversee the writing center budget and coordinate efforts to strengthen its financial resources.

9. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, English, or related field in English studies by time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: 
A record of publication and scholarship, excellence in teaching (including online), Writing Center experience, and commitment to diversity and service.


For full consideration, please submit your complete application by 12/20/2021 to (req2320). Applications should include a cover letter describing your interest in this unique position, a current curriculum vitae, updated graduate transcripts, names and email addresses of three references, a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio, and an article or chapter-length writing sample. Recommendation letters will be requested at a later stage in the search process if needed.


Questions should be directed to: Dr. Matthew Casey, Director, School of Humanities, 118 College Drive #5037, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS  39406-0001; Phone: 601-266-4320, Email:

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