Director of Writing at University of Washington Tacoma

Director of Writing
University of Washington Tacoma

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for an associate or full professor with tenure (9-month service period with possible summer salary) to serve as the Director of Writing. The start date is negotiable and it may be as early as September 2014. The Director is expected to innovate, advocate for, and administer campus-wide efforts to improve writing. He or she will design, coordinate, and facilitate faculty development, vertical curriculum integration, and assessment. The successful candidate will hold an administrative appointment reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a tenured faculty appointment in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences teaching a halftime load.

Minimum qualifications for the position:
• Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in rhetoric and composition or closely related field and demonstrated scholarship appropriate to appointment as an associate or full professor in composition studies
• Administrative experience with writing programs at a 4-year college
• Seven years experience teaching college level writing
• Experience with assessment of writing programs
Successful candidates will provide evidence of success and expertise in: training faculty in the teaching of writing across the curriculum, developing curricula applicable to a spectrum of constituents including multi-lingual and basic writers, writing center pedagogy, and working with diverse populations.

IAS offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. One of three University of Washington campuses, UW Tacoma is located in new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region. The South Sound is a beautiful place to live with outstanding opportunities for both cultural and recreational activities. It also has vibrant business and nonprofit communities including organizations like the world-renowned Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, RealNetworks, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Tacoma, and more. For more information on UW Tacoma, visit our website at

To apply, please submit:
1. A letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research projects underway and future research agenda, your teaching experience, your administrative experience, and previous activities mentoring minorities and/or advancing minorities, women, or members of other under-represented groups,
2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught,
3. A statement of your teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness,
4. Three representative publications, and
5. The names and contact information of three references.
Submit all application materials through Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin March 25, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Dr. Jennifer Quinn, search chair, at

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. All University of Washington Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research and service and generally participate in lower-division, upper-division, and graduate instruction.