Coordinator, Writing and Communication Center
- Location details
- Chattanooga, TN
- minimum annual salary is $44,000, commensurate
- Position type
- Lecturer/instructor, Other
- Organization type
- 4-year college or university
- Composition and rhetoric
- Employment category
- Tenure Status
- Non-tenure track
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Library seeks a creative and student-focused professional for the position of Coordinator for the Writing and Communication Center. Holding the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice, this faculty position is full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track. The initial appointment for this position will be up to a maximum of three years, with the possibility of renewal. As a non-tenure-track position with faculty status, this position should engage in ongoing professional development and have an aptitude and desire for continued development in writing center pedagogy and administration.
Reporting to the Director of the Writing and Communication Center, the Coordinator of the Writing and Communication Center will serve as a leader in the WCC by overseeing and conducting writing-related instructional support, overseeing student tutors, and assisting with the management of other aspects of WCC operations and support. As an instructor, the Coordinator will develop classroom-based support across the disciplines and assist faculty in the development of high-quality writing assignments and assessment rubrics. The successful candidate will also oversee the daily supervision of student tutors and the tutoring schedule and serve as the WCC’s manager in the absence of the Director. In addition to leading in these areas, this position will collaborate with the Director to mentor student tutors and develop training for all WCC personnel, contribute to WCC’s assessment and outreach projects, and conduct writing consultations as needed. The schedule for this position is Monday-Friday, 9A-6P with occasional evening or weekend hours to meet operational needs.
● Develop, deliver, and assess innovative instruction and programming, including writing-in-the-disciplines instruction and classroom support to engage first-year students in writing center services.
● Collaborate with faculty to develop high quality writing assignments and evaluation rubrics.
● Oversee the tutoring schedule and prepare student tutor timesheets.
● Collaborate with the WCC Director to develop training and professional development curriculum for student and professional staff informed by writing center scholarship and best practices.
● Conduct one-on-one writing consultations typically as a backup to our peer consultants in the fall and spring semesters and more regularly during intersessions and summer semesters.
● Collaborate with WCC staff on ongoing assessment, research, and outreach projects.
● Assist the director in providing periodic backup support for the Library and Graduate School’s thesis and dissertation formatting initiative.
● Serve as the WCC’s manager in the absence of the Director.
Library and university faculty responsibilities
● Serve as a member of the Library’s Faculty Council.
● Participate in providing reference or customer service at a Library service desk at least 1 hour per week.
● Serve proactively on library-wide task forces, committees, and councils as appointed.
● Participate in university governance, planning, and service.
● Engage in continuing professional development.
● Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition or a related area by May 31, 2022.
● Minimum of one year full-time or two years part-time post-baccalaureate experience in any combination of the following areas:
○ Teaching or tutoring in a college-level writing center, teaching college writing or writing-intensive courses, administrative work in a writing center or writing program, teaching in an intensive English program. Experience can be gained concurrently during a graduate degree program, for example as a graduate assistant.
● Demonstrated familiarity with best practices in writing center and/or composition pedagogy.
● Strong student focus and a commitment to serving a diverse academic community.
● Demonstrated experience organizing or managing projects, balancing priorities, and setting and meeting deadlines.
● Demonstrated familiarity with technology that enhances teaching and learning, including but not limited to Microsoft Office products, online video conferencing platforms (i.e. Zoom), and/or learning management systems (i.e. Canvas).
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or another discipline closely related to writing and communication by May 31, 2022
● Experience supervising student employees, preferably in a tutoring center.
Interested applicants must prepare and submit the materials articulated below:
● a letter of application;
● a current curriculum vitae;
● a statement of writing center philosophy
● the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references including the professional relationship of reference and applicant.
Applicants must submit applications electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site at https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/utc_faculty/jobdetail.ftl?job=220000003R. The review of applications begins on February 28, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.
Writing and Communication Center
The Writing and Communication Center (WCC) is dedicated to supporting the campus community in the development of writing and communication skills to better serve the Library’s ongoing goal of supporting research and teaching at the University. The WCC offers writing and communication support for the UTC community via consultations, workshops, class visits, and instructional support. Behind the scenes, WCC personnel also provide seasonal support to the graduate school on review of submitted theses and dissertations for adherence to formatting guidelines. The WCC is currently staffed by a tenure-track faculty director, staff specialist, part-time consultant, graduate assistant, and 10-12 student consultants. Over the past five years, the WCC experienced tremendous growth in consultations and in faculty requests for instructional support. Because this is a new position, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape our operations as we navigate our return to in-person services in a new location and turn our focus again to long term growth.
For information about UTC and the Library please visit www.utc.edu and www.utc.edu/library.
The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.
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