Writing Chair Position at University of Central Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Department of Writing Chair

The Position: The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Writing. Focused on a comprehensive approach to writing studies, the Department provides two general education courses as well as advanced offerings in linguistics, technical writing, rhetoric, composition theory, writing for new media and creative writing. It also provides pre-service courses in the teaching of writing and houses an established site of the National Writing Project. The chair will supervise a newly created position, the Director of General Education in Writing, as well as provide guidance for the creation of a new publication within the
department.

Minimum Qualifications: The position’s responsibilities call for visionary leadership, advanced administrative skills and experience in teaching, planning and program advocacy. The individual should also have experience with independent writing programs, first-year writing programs, WAC, collaborative initiatives, and/or outreach initiatives, including the National Writing Project. A PhD or MFA with a solid record of publication is required for appointment as a tenured associate or full professor, with salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University: Recently recognized by US NEWS and WORLD REPORT as one of the best universities in the south, UCA enrolls over 12,000 students and has programs leading to undergraduate degrees in 66 areas of study, master’s degrees in 25, and doctoral degrees. The student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007, UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and has increased its contributions in scholarly and creative activities. Faculty members are achieving regional and national recognition with nearly 90 percent of the tenured and tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees representing more
than 100 institutions. UCA continues to commit substantial funding to new construction and campus improvements. The campus is widely acclaimed for its beauty and convenience. UCA has the second largest library in the state and is the first to be fully automated with CD technology. All faculty have Internet access as well as wireless capabilities. More information may be found at the UCA website www.uca.edu/cfac.

The Community: UCA is located in Conway, a progressive and growing city of 50,000, home of two private colleges, a public school system ranked among the state’s best, and a strong K-12 parochial school, all within 30 minutes of Little Rock and 40 miles of the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests. Residents have easy access to a variety of fine and performing arts, handicraft and folk culture, and pristine wild areas near the Buffalo National River. Real estate is moderately priced and taxes are relatively low.

Application: Review of applications begins January 7, 2008. Electronic submission of application materials is encouraged. Candidates should submit a cover letter describing administrative experience and philosophy, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five references to:

Jeff Young, Chair
Department of Writing Chair Search
College of Fine Arts and Communication
201 Donaghey Avenue, Harrin Hall 222
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
Email: jyoung@uca.edu
More information may be found at the UCA website .
The University of Central Arkansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.