Director of Writing Center

Union University seeks a qualified individual for 12-month, tenure-track faculty position of Director of the Writing Center.

Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in Jackson, Tenn. (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, Tenn. Union University currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 40 states and 30 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nation’s premier Christian universities and has been recognized as a top tier institution each year since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognized Union at a national level for undergraduate teaching excellence. Union was also recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” one of only 30 four-year institutions to receive this honor roll designation.

Position Description:

The newly established Writing Center is an integral part of Union’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is designed to enhance student writing and provide pedagogical and curricular support to the greater campus community. The new director, who will also hold a faculty appointment in the English Department, will oversee the Writing Center from its inception and will be responsible for implementing the strategic vision, goals, objectives, and assessment measures pertaining to the QEP. The director will support the faith-based identity of Union University and provide direct services to faculty, staff, and students.  Duties include:

Principal Writing Center Responsibilities

  • Shape the development of the Writing Center to be an effective learning environment, providing strategic vision, communication, and objectives.
     
  • Hire, train, and evaluate Writing Center student staff in disciplinary best practices.
     
  • Work with students directly to strengthen writing and study skills.
     
  • Work with faculty to incorporate writing into their classrooms and to conduct research related to writing and the writing process.
     
  • Partner with campus faculty, staff, and students as a facilitator, workshop trainer, designer, and a developer of writing materials.
     
  • Evaluate and recommend writing curricula and technologies for campus and library needs.
     
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to report on Writing Center services in order to promote student success and retention.
     
  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Writing Center.
     
  • Write the five-year QEP Impact Report based on the collected quantitative and qualitative data.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Teach a 2-2 load of English courses, including introductory and advanced composition and technical writing.
     
  • Develop instructional plans to meet course competencies and submit budget and textbook requests by posted deadlines.
     
  • Participate in program planning, University committees, and school/department committees as designated by the Dean of Instruction.
     
  • Contribute to a collegial and positive work environment within the English Department and the Writing Center.
     
  • Participate in professional organizations and develop a research agenda. Attend professional meetings and workshops appropriate for the discipline.
     
  • Participate in campus and community activities related to the discipline of English.
     
  • Maintain regular office hours.
     
  • Support the faith-based identity of Union University and strive to exhibit a positive Christian attitude toward faculty, staff, and students.

Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a completed Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric & Composition, Professional/Technical Writing, or another rhetoric-based discipline is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a writing center in a university setting, with a preference given to individuals who have managed operations, supervised students and staff, and developed writing center programs. Preference will also be given to candidates with an active research agenda in writing center theory.                                    

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

Interested individuals may apply online at http://www.uu.edu/humanresources.

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