WAC Director, George Mason University (9/12)

George Mason University invites applications for a Director of our nationally recognized Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program.

Mason’s WAC program comprises an upper-division writing-intensive (WI) course or courses in the major, related writing-infused courses and programs, and additional curricular initiatives. The WAC director supervises a full-time assistant director, collaborates with the composition and writing center directors, and will work closely with Mason’s new PhD program in Writing and Rhetoric.

We are seeking a dynamic individual who can provide leadership and vision for the program. Candidates should have a strong commitment to educational excellence; knowledge and experience implementing and assessing writing across the curriculum; and demonstrated administrative experience, particularly in communicating effectively with faculty and administrators from various disciplinary backgrounds.

Candidates possessing the rank of associate professor or higher are strongly preferred, although highly qualified assistant professors will be considered. As a member of the English department faculty, the director joins an accomplished group of specialists in rhetoric and composition. It is expected that candidates will have a strong record in both effective teaching and scholarship, with a particular commitment to WAC scholarship. Although a fully participating member of the English department, the WAC director reports to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. To submit an application, go to http://jobs.gmu.edu and apply for position number F9558z. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching and administrative philosophy, and writing sample of 20-30 pages.


About our WAC program (http://wac.gmu.edu):

Since its inception in 1990, Mason’s WAC program has been a leader in the field and continues to be ranked among the top programs in the country. We are proud to trace our program roots to the highly regarded and nationally known Northern Virginia Writing Project, which has been providing K-12 WAC faculty development since 1977. Our strong WID-focused writing center and a required upper-division advanced composition course focused on writing in and across the disciplines are also integral to WAC program success. Our university-wide, discipline-embedded, writing assessment process has been recognized as a model program by WPA and NCTE. The program has served as a model for, and continues to be integrated with, our Students as Scholars undergraduate research initiative (http://oscar.gmu.edu).

About our English Department (http://english.gmu.edu):

With approximately 75 full-time faculty, our department is home to nationally recognized graduate and undergraduate programs, offering a PhD in Linguistics; an MFA in creative writing; an MA with concentrations in professional writing and rhetoric, the teaching of writing and literature, folklore, literature, and linguistics; and undergraduate minors or concentrations in all of these areas as well as film and media studies, cultural studies, Native-American and Indigenous studies, and African-American studies. A proposed PhD in Writing and Rhetoric is has been approved at the university level and is under final review by the state board of education with a start date of fall 2013. Standard teaching load for research faculty is 2/2.

About the university (http://www.gmu.edu):

As the largest state university in Virginia, with over 33,000 students, 75 undergraduate majors, 87 master’s programs, 36 doctoral programs, and a law school, Mason continues to expand on all fronts essential to a leading global university, such as growing academic programs, new construction on all three of our campuses (Fairfax, Arlington, & Prince William), and innovative international initiatives, to name a few. We are also home to one of the country's most diverse student populations--upwards of 85 languages can be heard on campus at any given time.

Located in Northern Virginia, George Mason's Fairfax campus is a short metro ride away from Washington, D.C.'s public museums, the Library of Congress, and a thriving, affordable arts and theater scene. Plentiful theater, opera, and dance performances are also scheduled on campus every semester at our Center for the Arts and many other performance spaces. For outdoor enthusiasts, the campus is in close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay and two hours from the ocean.

For more information about the university, visit the Admissions website (http://admissions.gmu.edu) and also look at the Factbook on the Institutional Research and Reporting website (http://irr.gmu.edu).