WAC/WID: QEP Writing Specialist

Columbus State University
Columbus, GA

Job Title: Writing Specialist
Quality Enhancement Plan

The Writing Specialist will implement the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Writing the Solution: Steps Toward Developing Competent and Professional Student Writers.” The two major areas of responsibility are faculty training and writing assessment. The plan calls for the Specialist to develop and train faculty to participate in the QEP and assess initiatives to improve student writing in both core and upper-division curricula. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Director of the Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to support writing pedagogy across campus, helping individual departments and programs to articulate criteria for writing in their disciplines, supporting their efforts to translate those criteria into effective pedagogical strategies, and facilitating the discipline-specific writing skills for their chosen fields. Through professional development workshops, seminars, consultations, and other activities the specialist will work with faculty to increase the quantity and quality of writing in their classes. Assistance will be given to faculty in designing and implementing writing intensive courses, and the specialist will also develop and utilize assessment instruments as needed for the writing curriculum. The collection of data will also be part of the job responsibilities.

The successful candidate will teach one course each semester during the academic year in the English department and will be placed on a tenure track line. This is a 12 month administrative position.

The preferred qualifications are a doctorate degree in English with experience in writing program administration; knowledge of learning theories, as well as writing research and evaluation methods. Minimum qualifications include ABD’s in the field with experience in administering writing programs. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete application package to include: CV, letter of intent, official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and supporting letters of reference. Please list five references with contact information. Send application packet to: Dr. Jim Owen, Director, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

Ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements, including a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline is required. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in hiring.