Assistant Director for Program Development at Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth

Assistant Director for Program Development, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric seeks an Assistant Director for Program Development to join the dynamic leadership team of our forward-thinking writing and speech programs ( This position focuses on program development via learning outcomes assessment, faculty development, and data-driven research (both qualitative and quantitative) about writing, writing instruction, learning, or other writing- or speech/communication-related areas. See the “Research” section of our website for more information on our research program.


The Assistant Director for Program Development is a faculty position equivalent to .50 of a full-time non-tenure-track position at the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer rank; the other .50 is for classroom teaching (2-3 courses per year on the quarter system). The key responsibility is a leadership role in designing, developing, and carrying out student support, faculty support, and assessment and development activities in relation to the Institute’s current portfolio initiative (see description here: in the context of the broader Institute culture of pedagogical innovation and study of student writing and speech. Program development and assessment work can evolve in additional directions as needed. 


The Assistant Director works with a team of Institute faculty. Specific examples of responsibilities might include organizing interviews or focus groups of students, overseeing the collection of website archives in consultation with WordPress support specialists, working with faculty to implement portfolio or other assessment activities in classes, designing portfolio implementation workshops for students, guiding ongoing work with program learning outcomes, developing empirical research initiatives that faculty and in some cases students can join, creating and distributing surveys to student or faculty for various assessment, research, or program development initiatives, and facilitating the application of established research to pedagogy.The Assistant Director needs to work effectively with a team and to work autonomously as needed.


Qualifications: PhD in any relevant discipline; demonstrated excellence teaching in a writing- or speech-intensive curriculum; strong research track record as appropriate for career stage; demonstrated experience with faculty development or collaboration; demonstrated facility with technology for pedagogical objectives (experience with WordPress a plus but not required).


We seek candidates who are committed to engaging and inspiring our diverse student population and who will enhance the diversity of courses and other educational experiences in the department. We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated ability to contribute to Dartmouth’s undergraduate diversity initiatives in research, such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.


Candidates should submit a letter of application that includes a statement of specific interest in the work of the position and what you would bring to that work, curriculum vitae, writing sample, evidence of teaching excellence, and contact information for three references via Interfolio:


Application review will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will take place at the MLA Annual Convention in January 2019 and by video conference for those unable to attend the conference. Position will run from August 1st, 2019 to July 30th, 2022 with possibility of renewal.


Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.