New Media Writing, University of Michigan

The Sweetland Writing Center at the University of Michigan seeks applicants with expertise in new media writing for a Lecturer III position to begin September 1, 2009. Successful candidates will play a leadership role in Sweetland’s new media initiatives, acting as a resource for Sweetland faculty and faculty across the University. This is a renewable non-tenure track position with an initial appointment of three years.

A center for research as well as teaching, the Sweetland Writing Center offers a collegial environment of professionals who share a commitment to writing instruction and to increasing knowledge about writing and learning. Accordingly, this position can serve as a post-doctoral opportunity for recent Ph.D.’s who want to strengthen their expertise in new media writing, while gaining experience in writing program and writing center work at a Research I university.

In addition to developing and teaching courses in new media writing, successful candidates will select from among courses for students at all levels, from first-year undergraduate writing courses, to upper-level peer tutor training courses, to graduate courses in writing and the teaching of writing. Candidates may also teach in Sweetland’s Writing Workshop, our one-to-one support service for undergraduate and graduate students.

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to select from a variety of administrative and research areas. They can join ongoing, funded research projects to study: best practices in one-to-one writing instruction, the roles of meta-cognition and instructor feedback in developing disciplinary expertise in advanced writing in the disciplines courses, or the factors that contribute to continued academic success for developmental writers. Administrative areas include: consultation with faculty to develop new media curriculum for writing in the disciplines; assessment and redevelopment of UM’s first-year and upper-level writing requirements; redesign of Sweetland’s preparatory writing course (SWC 100), including the development of an e-portfolio component; and development of a synchronous OWL for Sweetland’s peer tutor program, and institution of an online appointment and scheduling system.

Full-time load is a 3-3 equivalent, which may include Writing Workshop or comparable service or administrative assignments. UM faculty receive excellent health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. Ph.D. is required.

Terms and conditions of employment for this position, as posted, are subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send electronic copies of a letter of application, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of reference to Professor Anne Ruggles Gere, Director, Sweetland Writing Center, c/o Laura Schuyler at schuyler@umich.edu. Application deadline is March 9, 2009.

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