University of Vermont: Director of Writing and Information Literacy, Associate Professor

The University of Vermont’s Department of English invites applications for a tenured, full-time Associate Professor to serve as the Director of the campus’ newly-established Foundational Writing and Information Literacy Program. The appointment begins in Fall 2014. The Director will be responsible for shaping the implementation of UVM’s first campus-wide first-year writing requirement, which draws on introductory composition courses in English as well as first-year seminars in every department in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Honors College. The Director of the First-Year Writing and Information Literacy will report to the Associate Provost for Curricular Affairs.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in English, or a related field with a concentration in rhetoric and composition, will have a significant record of scholarly achievement in composition studies, teaching excellence, and professional service, as well as experience in writing program administration (in a first-year writing program, writing center, WAC/WID program, or equivalent). The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated interest in teaching in the first-year program and in contributing to the English graduate program and GTA education.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. The University of Vermont is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The Department is committed to increasing faculty diversity and welcomes applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups and from people with disabilities.

Candidates should apply at (search for the position via English department). Candidates should submit a cover letter discussing their research program, teaching experience, and administrative experience; a cv; a writing sample; and contact information for three references. Interfolio users should list the address for Interfolio's online application delivery service; users of other dossier management services should list whatever contact information will enable us to request your letters directly at a later date.

Review of applications will begin on April 14 and continue until the position is filled. Contact search committee chair, Susanmarie Harrington, with any questions (

About the program: The program in foundational writing and information literacy was established in order to implement the Faculty Senate’s 2013 vote in favor of requiring all degree-seeking undergraduate students to take a foundational course emphasizing writing and information literacy. A pilot group, working under the aegis of the general education committee of the Faculty Senate, developed common outcomes that can be realized via first year composition, the Honors College first-year seminar, and first-year seminars offered in every department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The director will work closely with administrators and faculty in CAS and the Honors College as well as instructional librarians, to lead faculty development, support curricular development, and design and coordinate assessment in the program. While the formal first-year writing requirement is new, the director will join the Writing Center director, the director of Writing in the Disciplines, and English department faculty in composition and rhetoric on a campus with a long tradition of valuing undergraduate education.