Executive Director of the University Writing Program @ GWU

The George Washington University seeks applications for an Executive Director of our University Writing Program.  This person will integrate the three branches of the UWP—  First-Year Writing, WID, and the Writing Center—and raise the national profile of the Program. We seek a recognized scholar in writing and an experienced, dynamic leader. Appointment will be at the level of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure.

The University Writing Program is a central pillar of GWU’s Strategic Plan for Academic Excellence.  This independent writing program consists of a 4-credit writing class (UW20) for all 2400 first-year students, two subsequent Writing in the Discipline (WID) courses, and a Writing Center. Staffing includes directors and deputy directors of both First-Year Writing and WID, a Writing Center director, and support staff.  Theme-based UW20 courses are taught by a largely full-time, multidisciplinary faculty and offer an intellectually rigorous curriculum guided by a template. More information is available at http://www.gwu.edu/~uwp/.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition or in a closely related field, as well as at least two years of experience in administration of a college or university writing program. Applicants also must have a record of productive scholarship in rhetoric and composition.

Preferred Qualifications:  We are looking for applicants who have helped shape the field of rhetoric and composition.  The ideal candidate will have experience working with a large, multifaceted writing program and a multidisciplinary, full-time faculty. Experience in assessment is desirable.  Preference will also be given for candidates who have a history of success in winning extramural funding.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, vita, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications and nominations may be sent electronically to sfuller@gwu.edu or as a hard copy to: Chair of UWP Executive Director Search Committee, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 212 Phillips Hall, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 20052. The George Washington University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.