Reading, Rhetoric, and First-Year Programs Specialist

Colorado College invites applications for a Reading, Rhetoric, and First-Year Programs Specialist. Founded in 1874, Colorado College is a private, four-year, independent coeducational liberal arts college of 1975 undergraduate students. It is located on a 90-acre campus in downtown Colorado Springs, on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. The College operates an innovative, one-course-at-a-time format known as the Block Plan. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.

MISSION: At Colorado College our goal is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, we challenge students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

The full-time, twelve-month Reading, Rhetoric, and First-Year Programs Specialist (RRFYP Specialist) will work in the Colket Student Learning Center. This new position will replace the current half-time Colket Fellow in Reading and Rhetoric. The new RRFYP Specialist will report to the Director of the Colket Student Learning Center, for Reading and Rhetoric and for First-Year Experience responsibilities, and consult with the Director of the Writing Center for writing-related responsibilities.

The RRFYP Specialist’s duties are half-time in Reading and Rhetoric, with additional half-time duties providing support for the Writing Program and the College’s First-Year programs including the First-Year Writing Portfolio and writing requirement and some administrative support of the First-Year Experience program. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

Reading and Rhetoric duties include:
a. Develop and teach adjunct courses focusing on reading skills
b. Develop half-block course in Rhetoric and Reading in the Liberal Arts
c. Offer reading and research skills workshops
d. Provide individual support of students with reading difficulties, including basic diagnosis and tutoring in reading skills
e. Provide support for reading and library research skills in entry-level courses across the curriculum (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences)
f. Support summer programs for rising junior and senior high school students and matriculating high school students
g. Support faculty in critical reading initiatives across the curriculum

Writing Center duties include:
a. Teach GS 260 Writing Enhancement, blocks 1-4 or 5-8 (0.5 units)
b. Teach a summer session Writing Intensive course
c. Publicize the Writing Portfolio requirement, respond to student queries, and facilitate its review
d. Maintain regular tutoring hours and hold writing tutorials during the academic year and summer
e. Contribute to summer program support, including the MAT programs, College Ahead, and Bridge programs
f. Fulfill other Writing Center duties as time allows

First-Year Experience duties include:
a. Provide administrative support for the the FYE program by collaborating with the FYE committee chair and Associate Dean of the Faculty to: identify courses; prepare the web site; assign students to courses and respond to questions about those assignments
b. Teaching a two-block FYE course is possible if time permits

A Master’s degree in a related field is required (A.B.D., Ed.D. or Ph.D. strongly preferred). Significant experience in post-secondary instruction, reading and/or writing across the curriculum, and evidence of self-initiative in program development is also required. Experience administering first-year programs is preferred. The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of a liberal arts college, will support and contribute to the goal of achieving greater diversity at Colorado College and will be able to work effectively with the many constituencies in a college environment.

Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the individual selected. Colorado College offers an excellent benefits package.

Apply online at: in order to be considered for this position.

In addition to completing the online application, applicants should submit a cover letter addressing: their approach to working with students in an academic support environment; their experience with college first-year programs, reading programs, or writing programs; and their salary requirement. A current resume, and the name, address and telephone number of three professional references are also required. The position will begin no earlier than January 2012 and no later than August 2012. Upon an employment offer to the successful candidate, a background check will be required.

The closing date to apply for this position is September 30, 2011. Review of applicant information will begin September 16, 2011.

The Colorado College welcomes members of all groups and reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or disability in its educational programs, activities, and employment practices.