Writing Center Director (tenure-track)

Oglethorpe University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) to serve as the inaugural Director of the university Writing Center. This 12-month position will build a writing center program that supports undergraduate learning across the university. The successful applicant will be a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, and will have their teaching and scholarship overseen by that division's Chair. The Dean of Student Success will oversee them in their capacity as Director. 

The inaugural Writing Center Director will launch the Oglethorpe University Writing Center, building a writing program in consultation with the Oglethorpe University faculty, the Office of Student Success, and the Office of the Provost. Once established, the Director will be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, and management of writing tutors; managing daily Writing Center operations; conducting in-class demonstrations of Writing Center services, providing workshops on writing instruction for faculty; and managing the budget of the Writing Center (in consultation with the Dean of Student Success). The successful candidate will have a significantly reduced teaching load, with teaching focused on tutor training and writing-intensive courses. There is also the potential for discipline-specific writing courses (e.g., Science Writing, Technical Writing). Depending on need and qualifications, the successful candidate could also teach other courses in English.

The successful candidate should demonstrate effectiveness in undergraduate teaching, including effectiveness in teaching a diverse student body; have a record of professional activity and scholarship in the areas of writing center theory and practice, rhetoric and composition; or related fields; and have demonstrated effectiveness in advancing equity and inclusion in the classroom.

Oglethorpe University is a small and growing liberal arts institution. Dedication to students and quality teaching are highly valued here. Our campus is located in the urban environment of Brookhaven, Georgia, with easy access to the cultural offerings of Atlanta and its surrounding cities (e.g., about 15 minutes to the Midtown Arts District via the MARTA rail system). The university currently enrolls a diverse population of nearly 1,500 students who represent more than 30 states and 30 countries. More than half of Oglethorpes students identify as persons of color, and approximately 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Candidates from historically excluded groups, whose work furthers the institutions diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, and who bring varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Oglethorpe is committed to fostering a campus community and intellectual environment that recruits and maintains diverse faculty and staff, promotes a culture of respect for diverse experiences and perspectives, and understands and addresses the role of inequality in shaping our individual and collective identities. We value faculty mentorship and support faculty teaching, research, and development through the Office of the Provost which works closely with the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or related field by start date; a minimum of two years of experience working in a university writing center; evidence of ability to develop a tutor-training course and potential writing-intensive courses; demonstrated excellence in teaching first-year and advanced writing courses; demonstrated potential for successful research and publication.

Preferred qualifications:

TESOL; experience managing a writing center; familiarity with technical or science writing; experience in writing assessment and curriculum development; grant-writing.

To apply: 

Applications will be accepted via Paycom [Director of Writing Center (33673)]: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=70796&clientkey=E89EC0BE36E642B4CF9B1208D8AFD807

Please submit a brief letter of interest (which should speak to demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion), a CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information for three references (no letters necessary at time of application). We will begin reviewing applications on October 31, 2022, and will continuing reviewing applications until the position is filled. The successful applicant could start as early as February 2023, but the start date is negotiable. Questions about the position may be directed to: writingcenter@oglethorpe.edu

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