Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Writing Studio and Tutoring Services

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Position Summary:

The Assistant Director of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services is a key member of the team that oversees both of the aforementioned programs at Vanderbilt University. Reporting to and working closely with the Director of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services, the Assistant Director has responsibility for day-to-day operations of the Writing Studio and otherwise contributes leadership and support for both programs—particularly in terms of outreach, assessment, and development initiatives—as well as for the full­time and hourly staff, whom the Assistant Director helps to recruit, train, and mentor.

Review of applications has begun. Friday, November 2, is the deadline recommended for full consideration. Start date is negotiable, but anticipated by January 2019

About the Work Unit:

The Writing Studio offers all members of the Vanderbilt scholarly community—undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff—the opportunity to meet individually with skilled writing consultants (undergraduate, graduate, and professional staff) to talk about any writing project or concern. With a talented staff of undergraduate and graduate tutors, Tutoring Services supports student academic achievement through one-on-one tutoring and a group study program in many introductory and intermediate level courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry (General & Organic), Economics, Mathematics, and Physics. The team that oversees both aims to provide each program’s clients with the highest quality of support, which requires supporting the undergraduate and graduate students employed as tutors and writing consultants with a rich extracurricular learning and professionalization experience of their own.

Key Functions and Expected Performance:

Oversees daily operations for the Writing Studio

  • Helps to create and oversee the one-on-one writing consultation schedule each semester and helps maintain clear communication with staff and clients about Writing Studio matters.
  • Helps troubleshoot issues that arise during the course of daily operations and to maintain high-quality, reliable services and a positive and productive academic support environment for our clients.
  • Helps maintain both the Writing Studio and Tutoring websites.


Plays a central role in the recruitment and hiring of Writing Studio and Tutoring staff

  • Leads recruitment and hiring efforts for one or more of the following subdivisions of the student staff: Undergraduate writing consultants, graduate writing consultants, undergraduate tutors, and graduate tutors.
  • Contributes to recruitment and hiring efforts for all remaining student staff.


Plays a central role in the planning and execution of orientation, training, and ongoing professional development efforts for Writing Studio and Tutoring Services staff

  • Helps develop and carry out high-quality training modules and regular staff meeting activities for the undergraduate and graduate writing consultants and tutoring staff.
  • Helps monitor the writing consultant and tutoring staff and provides regular recognition and coaching for individual writing consultant’s and tutor’s performance.
  • Helps coordinate the contributions of other full-time members of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services team to those efforts.


Plays a central role in the reporting and assessment activites for both the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services

  • Helps to plan program assessments, to coordinate the collection of relevant data, and to draft assessment and report documents.
  • Helps determine and implement assessment-related improvements for both programs, as needed.


Promotes awareness of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services as valuable campus resources and partners

  • Conducts program outreach during orientation events and through writing workshops offered in collaboration with campus partners and at the request of course instructors.
  • Supports the teaching of writing on campus through availability for consultations with individual writing instructors and through workshops on writing pedagogy.
  • Plays a key role in developing and fostering campus partnerships for both programs.
  • Helps implement effective communication and publicity efforts for both programs.


Contributes to program administration and academic support

  • Participates in relevant VU, Tutoring Services, and Writing Studio meetings and functions, including staff and managerial meetings, workshops and programs.
  • Conducts a limited number of one-on-one writing consultation hours per week, with a particular focus on supporting writers referred to Writing Studio services by faculty and other campus partners.
  • Oversees specific Writing Studio and Tutoring Services programming or initiatives as assigned
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Occasional course instruction may be possible, depending on interest and opportunity


Supervisory Relationships:

This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services.


Education and Certifications:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.


Experience and Skills:

  • At least two years of experience teaching writing in college-level courses is necessary.
  • At least two years of tutoring writing in a writing center or other similar context is necessary.
  • At least one year of experience in writing center or tutoring program administration is necessary.
  • Familiarity with writing center theory and practice is necessary.
  • Experience supporting Writing across the Curriculum or Writing in the Disciplines initiatives is preferred.
  • Experience helping to manage student employees is preferred.
  • Experience developing writing consultant or tutor training materials and with mentoring or providing professional development for new and returning writing consultants or tutors is necessary.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and organizational skills, including ability to work cooperatively with culturally and linguistically diverse students, staff, and faculty is necessary.


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