Director of First-Year Writing

 

 

University of Central Arkansas 

College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Writing

Director of First-Year Writing

 

 

 The Position: The Department of Writing invites applications for the position of Director of First-Year Writing. This is a tenure-track, 10-month position with some additional summer responsibilities. The teaching load is 2-2. Focused on a comprehensive approach to writing studies, the department delivers two general education writing courses and further partners with area high schools in the university’s concurrent enrollment program. The director will report directly to the chair of the Department of Writing and coordinate the scheduling, faculty development, and assessment of all general education writing courses including the department’s concurrent enrollment partnerships. The position will be supported by a department of over thirty full-time faculty.  Start date: August 2010.

 

The Department of Writing: In addition to two general education writing courses, the department offers undergraduate majors in writing and creative writing as well as minors in writing, creative writing, and linguistics. The department provides advanced offerings in linguistics, technical writing, rhetoric, composition theory, writing for new media, and creative writing.  It also provides pre-service courses in the teaching of writing and houses an established site of the National Writing Project. The department is housed in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Advanced assistant professor or associate professor with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition. The individual must have experience as a writing program administrator of a first-year program and be conversant with concurrent/dual credit initiatives. The individual should have a solid record of publication and research in composition studies. The position’s responsibilities call for leadership, administrative skills and experience in teaching, planning and program advocacy. The individual must have experience with first-year writing programs. The ideal candidate will also have experience with WAC, collaborative initiatives, and outreach initiatives, such as the National Writing Project.

 

The University:  Recently recognized by US NEWS and WORLD REPORT as one of the best universities in the south, UCA enrolls over 11,000 students and has programs leading to undergraduate degrees in 66 areas of study, master’s degrees in 25, and doctoral degrees.  The student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam.  Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007, UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and has increased its contributions in scholarly and creative activities.  Faculty members are achieving regional and national recognition with nearly 90 percent of the tenured and tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees representing more than 100 institutions.  UCA continues to commit substantial funding to new construction and campus improvements.  The campus is widely acclaimed for its beauty and convenience. UCA has the second largest library in the state and is the first to be fully automated with CD technology.  All faculty have Internet access as well as wireless capabilities.  More information may be found at the UCA website www.uca.edu/writing.

 

The Community:  UCA is located in Conway, a progressive and growing city of 50,000, home of two private colleges, a public school system ranked among the state’s best, and a strong K-12 parochial school, all within 30 minutes of Little Rock and 40 miles of the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests.  Residents have easy access to a variety of fine and performing arts, handicraft and folk culture, and pristine wild areas near the Buffalo National River.  Real estate is moderately priced and taxes are relatively low.

 

Application:  Review of applications begins November 30, 2009 and will continue until filled.  Electronic submission of application materials is encouraged.  Candidates should submit a cover letter describing administrative experience and philosophy, curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references to:

 

Dr. Scott Payne, Chair

Department of Writing 

College of Fine Arts and Communication

University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Avenue, Thompson 308

Conway, AR   72035

 

Email:  spayne@uca.edu

 

More information may be found at the UCA website www.uca.edu/writing.
The University of Central Arkansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.