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Writing Center and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator for the Academic Success Center

Dickinson State University is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, and creative individual to join the Academic Success Center (ASC), a learning excellence program. As an ASC team member, the Writing Center and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator will supervise direct academic assistance in writing; teach three sections of supplemental instruction for developmental English courses; and provide leadership and structural support for the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. The Coordinator will also hire, train, and evaluate the English peer tutors and Writing Center Interns; develop and implement an On-Line Writing Lab (OWL); provide training sessions and informational workshops for both students and faculty; and write grants to support the initiatives of this program.

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Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Dickinson State University, a university with record enrollment increases for ten consecutive years, invites applications for the position of Director of Public Relations and Marketing. The Director reports to the President, serves on the President’s Cabinet, and is the chief communication officer for the University. The Director designs, communicates and directs a comprehensive marketing and public relations program; develops and executes marketing plans for specific projects; supervises the activities related to the University web page, the University cable access television channel, and the University News Bureau; advises the President on issues related to public affairs and campus communications; oversees campus publications and printing projects; and works with the Foundation staff on communications associated with fundraising.

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Grant Writer

Dickinson State University seeks personable, detail and research oriented candidates for the position of Grant Writer. Reporting to the President, the Grant Writer will be responsible for researching, planning, preparing, submitting, and monitoring external grant applications to support the ongoing success of DSU. Duties will be: to identify and research funding opportunities and alternative resources that address the University’s stated mission and goals; to collaborate with college faculty and staff to determine funding needs; to develop, write, and submit original grant proposals and applications; to maintain centralized files for externally funded programs and other grant activities; to act as a liaison with private and public funding agencies and organizations; and to perform other duties as assigned. Exceptional writing, editing, and interpersonal communication skills; good computer software skills; experience researching and evaluating appropriate grant funding resources, and the ability to meet deadlines and work independently are essential for success in this position. Effective management, organizational, budgeting, and planning skills are also required. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of successfully demonstrated grant writing experience. A Master’s degree and experience in higher education grant writing are preferred qualifications.

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Continuing Lecturers, Department of English, Purdue University

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

CONTINUING LECTURERS

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH (Professional Writing/Introductory Composition)

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Description

Up to two continuing lecturers, full-time, non-tenure-track, renewable positions, to teach professional writing and introductory composition courses that have a strong commitment to writing with computers, collaboration, and community engagement. Continuing lecturers are eligible for medical and retirement benefits. Full-time salary $31,000. Starting date: August 14, 2006.

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Chronicle Colloquy: Freshman Comp, Revolutionized

The Chronicle of Higher Education will be hosting a colloquy about Topic (Texas Tech Online-Print Integrated Curriculum) featuring Fred Kemp:

Wednesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m., U.S. Eastern time

To post questions in advance for Fred and to read more about the topic, look here:

http://chronicle.com/colloquy/

and then check out the article that prompts the discussion:

A New Way to Grade. Don't miss it!

2 MLA Sessions on Scholarly Publishing

Here are two more "can't miss" sessions on electronic journals and digital publishing:

Thursday, 29 December
351. Electronic Journals 2005
8:30–9:45 a.m., Delaware Suite A, Marriott
Program arranged by the Committee on Information Technology

Presiding: Irene Thompson, George Washington Univ.

  1. “Romantic Circles and Romantic Circles Praxis,” Steven E. Jones, Loyola Univ., Chicago; Orrin Nan Chung Wang, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
  2. "The Writing Instructor,” David Blakesley, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette
  3. “Romanticism on the Net,” Bruce Edward Graver, Providence Coll.; Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Univ. of Montreal
  4. "Language Learning and Technology,” David Hiple, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Manoa

Thursday, 29 December
493. Digital Scholarly Publishing: Beyond the Crisis
1:45–3:00 p.m., Maryland Suite C, Marriott
Program arranged by the National Council of Teachers of English

Job Board Now Open

People may now post and search for job ads at the WPA Job Board: http://wpacouncil.org/forum/32. You only have to be a registered site user to post new job ads. There are no fees, ads will be archived permanently, and the URL will be stable so that it can be sent to others (on listservs, for example). Job ads can be in rich HTML also. For questions about how to use the Job Board or any other site-related questions, contact David Blakesley.

WPA in Anchorage

I'm here in Anchorage at the opening reception for the WPA 2005 Conference. Chris Anson and Shirley Rose have just delivered their welcoming remarks. Chris is the outgoing president, and Shirley is our new president. Both have worked really hard to make this conference a reality. Jeff White and Trish Jenkins, our local hosts, have done a marvelous job as well. Jeff is talking to us right now about catching shuttles and the "sweltering heat."

The weather outside is beautiful, about 70 degrees and no rain clouds in sight.

It's going to be a great conference!

Blogging Anchorage 2005

Here's my first blog entry, a quick demonstration of the type of content that you can include in your blogs at Digital WPA. It describes a purely hypothetical situation. (-:

Last night, on my way to the opening reception at the conference, I ran into someone I thought I recognized but couldn't place. I snapped this photo.

So he proceeded to tell me that he was hoping to find the WPA conference in Anchorage a transformative experience. I said, "I sure hope so for the sake of your ethos back on campus!"

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