Director of the Deborah S. Ellis Writing Center at Southwestern University

Southwestern University invites applications for the position of Director of the Deborah S. Ellis Writing Center (DEWC).  This is a 10-month, full-time staff position and is eligible for the University’s benefit programs.  Reporting to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the position provides leadership and is responsible for all operations of the DEWC and for supporting writing in the disciplines. The DEWC is an undergraduate-staffed writing center where peer tutors work with students on all levels, in all disciplines, and at all points in the writing process. The Center hosts events and workshops that offer guidance to student writers, and supports writing in the disciplines by providing faculty development opportunities in planning, developing, and implementing effective writing pedagogy. The Director may have the opportunity, as appropriate, to teach one course per year in her/his discipline.


  • Coordinating support for writers of all levels (from first-year to advanced), including students from diverse backgrounds with diverse learning needs
  • Supporting the daily operations of the DEWC, which includes supervising and training a staff of ten to fifteen undergraduate student consultants
  • Overseeing the DEWC website and other strategic marketing efforts
  • Managing a budget that includes operational and payroll expenses
  • Creating and maintaining student and faculty resources to support writing practice and pedagogy
  • Managing and initiating new and ongoing Writing Center assessment and data collection processes
  • Designing and implementing co-curricular workshops and programs about writing to meet the needs of the campus community
  • Providing support for faculty, including those teaching in the First-Year and Advanced-Entry Seminar programs, in planning and developing effective writing pedagogy
  • Developing resources that support interdisciplinary writing pedagogy
  • Engaging with individual faculty, academic departments, and university administration in developing the role of the DEWC in supporting writing at the University

Qualifications:  Master’s degree in English, Rhetoric, Composition, or a related field (the PhD is preferred); minimum of three years of work experience in a university writing center; demonstrated experience training student writing consultants, assessing writing programs, and supporting faculty development; excellent organizational and management skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple constituencies as well as excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; experience in writing pedagogy and writing center theory; and commitment to the value of a diverse campus community and to the value of the liberal arts. Expertise supporting students with needs in English as a second language is preferred.

Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.  In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of downtown Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

Applicants should submit, through Interfolio at, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline to submit an application is March 7.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  EOE/M/F