Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing

Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing

Woodbury University’s Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies invites applications for a full-time, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Writing Program for the 2010-11 academic year. The successful candidate may apply for a permanent position with the Writing Program beginning in the 2011-12 academic year if the position is approved. The Visiting Assistant Professor will have these duties: (1) co-direct an established writing center, (2) provide leadership to continue developing a WID program, (3) help evolve interdisciplinary curriculum and writing programs, and (4) teach basic writing, freshman composition, research writing, and technical writing courses among other courses. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D., preferably in rhetoric and composition studies, and experience teaching writing courses at the college and/or university level. The ideal candidate will have writing center and WPA experience and expertise in composition theory, writing assessment, technical writing, and TESOL. Candidates who are ABD will be considered. The starting salary for an assistant professor ranges from $51,000 to $63,000 with benefits.

Responsibilities: Although the Writing Program began in 2005, recent writing programs and initiatives have been developed in anticipation of a WID program. The Visiting Assistant Professor will work with all writing programs, form writing-intensive courses within the forthcoming WID program, and co-direct the writing center in part to increase its services to all university departments. Here are the current writing programs: (1) Academic Writing Program that includes English Placement Program, Transfer Portfolio Program, and Hybrid/Online Certification; (2) Writing Center that includes peer tutorials, online tutorials, and two campus sites; and (3) the nascent WID program that includes the Writing Consultant Program, Writing Awards, and Writing for Academic Success Tutorials. Besides administrative and teaching responsibilities, the Visiting Assistant Professor will be expected to work closely with the current writing program director as well as with deans, chairs, and directors, and full- and part-time faculty members from across the curriculum.

The Institute: This position is part of an exciting innovation in undergraduate education: the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies. The Institute has these specialties: academic and creative writing, art history, biology, history, economics, mathematics, literature, philosophy, physics, and politics. From basic skills courses to advanced analytical seminars, the Institute builds programs, curricula, and courses on disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary foundations. Faculty members are expected to conduct scholarship and research in support of this vision.

Woodbury University: Originally established in 1884, Woodbury continues to be a small, private university with approximately 1,600 culturally diverse, undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Burbank, California, at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, the university is comprised of the School of Architecture; the School of Business; the School of Media, Culture, and Design; and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies. All Woodbury faculty undergo regular peer review to evaluate achievement in three areas: teaching effectiveness and development, scholarly or professional development, and commitment to university service.

Application: Review of applications begins immediately and will remain open until June 18, 2010. Send the following documents: (1) a letter of application, (2) current curriculum vita, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) unofficial or official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and (5) three recent letters of recommendation. Address the letters of recommendation to:

Richard N. Matzen, Director
Writing Programs
c/o Human Resources
Woodbury University
7500 Glenoaks Boulevard
Burbank, California 91510-7846

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