Director (Tenured), Student Writing Center, Miami University, Ohio

Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio, seeks a creative, energetic director to provide vision and leadership for the Roger and Joyce Howe Student Center for Writing Excellence. The center, which will open in fall 2007, is an integral part of a writing-across-the-curriculum program funded by a recent gift of $10.5 million. The director will hold tenure at the rank of associate or full professor.

We seek a director who will help Miami become a national leader in preparing students to write well and in using writing to enhance student learning. He or she will create, implement, and assess imaginative, effective programs and services that appeal to and serve a broad range of student writers. The director’s staff will include an administrative assistant, graduate assistants, and undergraduate writing consultants who all will be chosen, trained, managed, and evaluated by the director. To prepare the writing consultants for their responsibilities, the director will develop and teach one or more courses on peer tutoring. She or he will also have the opportunity to teach courses in other areas as the needs of the student writing center permit. The director will design and conduct assessments of the student writing center. He or she will work synergistically with the faculty and curricular programs of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence and other university initiatives.

We expect the director to contribute actively to the scholarship on student writing in higher education. The director may also pursue research interests in another specialty. In addition to funds for personnel and programming, the student center’s budget includes an account for the director’s participation in national and regional conferences and other professional development opportunities.

The Howe Student Writing Center will be a new facility centrally located on the first floor of the main library. It will be part of the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, which also engages in faculty and curricular development projects, research, and assessment. The Howe Center reports to the Provost. In addition to advice from a committee of Miami faculty and staff drawn from across the university, it benefits from the guidance of a National Advisory Board that includes Chris Anson (North Carolina State), Andrea Lunsford (Stanford), Martha Townsend (Missouri-Columbia), Kathleen Blake Yancey (Florida State), and Art Young (Clemson).

Miami University provides an excellent opportunity for a director who aspires to establish a writing center that has a substantial, university-wide impact. The President and Provost strongly support writing across the curriculum and desire to make writing a centerpiece of a Miami education. Support for writing among students and faculty is substantial. In a recent survey, over 90% of Miami’s first-year students and an even higher percentage of seniors agreed or strongly agreed that the ability to write well is important to them. During the past five years, we have had enthusiastic and widespread faculty participation in WAC workshops, seminars, and grant projects. Some of these participants have delivered conference papers and published on ways they use writing in their courses. The English department is home to a large, productive, and supportive group of faculty and graduate students in composition and rhetoric.

For more information about the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, go to www.muohio.edu/write.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Terminal degree; record of teaching, research, and service that merits appointment as a tenured associate or full professor in an academic department at Miami; experience working in a student writing center; ability to interact effectively with a wide range of constituencies and collaborators, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff; excellent communication skills; strong organizational and time-management skills; high energy and enthusiasm; ability to work independently and in teams.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience directing a student writing center; experience training and mentoring peer writing tutors; experience writing and teaching writing in digital media; publication and research interests in student writing, writing in the disciplines, writing across the curriculum, or writing center studies.

APPLICATION: Send application letter and curriculum vitae to Dr. Paul Anderson, Chair, Howe Student Center Search Committee, Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. Contact phone is 513.529.6006. Screening of applications begins on January 5, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled.

Miami University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Miami University offers an excellent benefits package including same-sex domestic partner benefits. Visit www.muohio.edu/benefits for details. Appointments and nominations are public records in Ohio. For information regarding campus crime and safety, visit www.muohio.edu/righttoknow; hard copy provided upon request.

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