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Muir College Writing Program Director, University of California, San Diego

LECTURER WITH POTENTIAL SECURITY OF EMPLOYMENT
DIRECTOR, WRITING PROGRAM
JOHN MUIR COLLEGE

John Muir College at the University of California, San Diego, seeks a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) to serve as Director of its Writing Program. Details about the program, a required two-quarter sequence, may be found at http://muir.ucsd.edu/muir-writing/.

The LPSOE is a Faculty Senate position comparable to a tenure-track assistant professor whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education. The Muir Writing Director is expected to be an academic leader who, in addition to teaching in the program, contributes to its design and implementation the insights of current research in composition and rhetoric; recruits, trains, and supervises lecturers and teaching assistants; monitors the program’s effectiveness; supervises a three-person staff; develops support services such as tutoring; and works collaboratively with senior staff to coordinate the activities of and set goals for the college as a whole. Supervision of the program in summer session as well as during the academic year is normally required. He/she reports to the Muir College Provost.

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Assistant Professor, Composition

Creighton University seeks a full-time, tenure track, assistant professor in Rhetoric and Composition. Applicants should be proven, excellent teachers and have strong continuing familiarity with developments in technology, digital media, and writing, and be able to share this expertise. The successful candidate will teach upper- and lower-division composition courses. Three -course load per semester. Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered. Position begins August 2006. Candidates are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with Creighton’s English Department (http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/english/), programs, and University mission (http://www2.creighton.edu/mission/). Applications must be postmarked by November 1. Send three recommendation letters, vita, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate/undergraduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable initially), and supporting materials to Bob Whipple, Chair, Search Committee, Department of English, Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178. Include email address. All applications will be acknowledged. MLA interviews preferred. A Jesuit, Catholic institution, Creighton University encourages applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the university’s distinctive educational traditions. Creighton is an EEO/AA employer and seeks a wide range of applicants for the position so that one of our core values – ethnic and cultural diversity – may be realized.
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Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program, Univ. of Calif., Davis

Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program -- Associate or Full Professor

The University of California, Davis, seeks to hire an associate or full professor to direct the University Writing Program, an independent academic program. The appointee will carry the title of Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program for the duration of his or her tenure as director. We are seeking a candidate with successful administrative experience in a composition or writing program, preferably in a large public university, and with an emerging or national reputation in Composition and Rhetoric Studies. Ability to work with faculty in a large range of science, social science, and humanities disciplines desirable, as well as experience with assessment projects. Proven grant-writing ability is also desirable. Information about the program can be located at http://writingprogram.ucdavis.edu

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(Unofficial) Call for Proposals: 2006 WPA Conference

We'll soon be posting the official call for proposals for the 2006 conference in Chattanooga. Until then, here's an Advance Copy
Call for Proposals
2006 WPA Conference
"Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities"
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
July 13-16, 2006
Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2006

The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. In addition to plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions addressing the conference theme, "Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities," the program will include development mini-workshops and a several new ones on such topics as Documenting a Writing Program, Preparing an Administrative Portfolio/WPA Promotion Case, and Planning for Publishing Program Research. Ask your department chair or dean for funding to attend these mini-workshops! We also invite attendees to prepare poster presentations or other exhibits of their programs' special initiatives, research projects, or signature areas.

WPA at MLA: the party

Going to MLA? Come to the WPA Party!

All WPAs attending the MLA in Washington D.C. are invited to the Council of Writing Program Administrators' party.

When: Thursday, December 29th, 2005, 8:30- 11:00 PM--immediately following our Thursday evening panel on "Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media," from 7:15-8:30 in the Hoover Room at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Where: Ireland's Four Provinces (where we've celebrated before)

Address: 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW (202) 244-0860. That's one block south of the Cleveland Park Metro station on the Red line.

True and Candid Compositions Site Launched

For immediate use Sept. 14, 2005
Photo: To download a photo, see end of story.
Library debuts Web site of history as written by Carolina students

By KELLY OCHS
UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has written a new chapter of history – digitally. “True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina” will go live on the Internet today (Sept. 14).
There are tales about student discipline, as in this 1810 letter from John Ramsey to the university trustees:
“The reason upon which was founded my suspension appeared to have been the act of firing one pistol and if it is any palliation of the crime, it did not take place within the hours prescribed by law for study, nor at night when the cracking of a pistol might have caused greater tumult.”

Letter to David Brooks in response to NYT Editorial

Here's the letter I sent (via e-mail) to David Brooks at the Times in response to his column:

Dear Mr. Brooks:
I am a teacher of first-year writing (aka freshman comp) and of teachers who teach first-year writing. I’d like to invite you to learn more about how composition instructors at my institution -- in fact, at many institutions around the country -- are working to address the growing inequality that you discuss in your column of 25 September.

I teach at Eastern Michigan University, a school of about 25,000 students located 45 miles west of Detroit. Many of our students come from the “bottom half”to which you refer. For these students, as others, a college degree is increasingly necessary to be considered a legitimate participant in American civic life.

Writing Center Director, Coker College, Hartsville, SC (tenure track)

Coker College’s Department of Communication, Language, and Literature seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor to serve as the Director of the Writing Center beginning August 2006. Candidates should hold a doctorate in composition and rhetoric. Applicants with creative writing experience will receive special consideration. Successful candidate will teach two courses a semester while supervising the writing program at the Hartsville and satellite campuses. Desire to instruct non-traditional students is essential. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Review of applicants will begin December 1. Send application letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to David McCracken, Coker College, 300 East College Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina 29550. EOE. www.coker.edu.

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Director of Women's Studies, Purdue University

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Women’s Studies Program
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University invites applications for the position of Director, effective August, 2006. The Women’s Studies Program, established in 1979, is an interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Liberal Arts. The program offers an undergraduate major and minor and a graduate minor curriculum. Courses are offered in feminist theory; interdisciplinary studies in sexualities; gender and multiculturalism; and global feminism, as well as a variety of specialized and advanced courses in areas of faculty interest. The program currently has eight joint-appointed faculty and more than 40 affiliated faculty and has received strong support from the College of Liberal Arts.

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English Education Position

Tenure-track position in English Education with specializations in incorporating technology in Language Arts instruction and one or more of the following areas: literacy and learning theory; planning instruction for diverse learners; writing and writing assessment. Experience in middle or high school required. Ph.D. required.

Please send a current c.v. and a letter detailing expertise and experience in the areas indicated to Dr. Theodore Steinberg, Department of English, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.

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