Director of Writing Center and Western Massachusetts Writing Project


The University Writing Program in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for the Director of the Writing Center and Western Massachusetts Writing Project at the rank of Lecturer.

This is a full-time academic-year (9-month) non-tenure track position with a start date of September 1, 2018. The position is renewable and requires a minimal summer commitment.

The Director has the unique opportunity to lead the outreach efforts of our nationally recognized writing program. The successful candidate will coordinate the efforts of a large writing center, with a staff of 50 tutors, and the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, one of the most active sites of the National Writing Project. Candidates are expected to remain current in teaching methods/pedagogy around writing centers and the role of writing across disciplines. Specialization in writing centers, writing across the curriculum, literacy studies, multicultural/multilingual writing, or assessment is preferred.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in English or related field.
  • Three years of experience in tutoring, and administrative experience of some kind.
  • A strong record of academic, professional, and service accomplishments.
  • Commitment to teaching and working with diverse populations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience directing a writing center and/or writing project site.
  • PK-12 teaching experience, and/or grant writing experience.

The salary is competitive and includes professional development support and opportunities for collaboration with graduate students, local teachers, and university faculty as well as participation in national conversations. The University also offers an attractive benefits package.

To apply, please submit 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) writing center philosophy, 4) writing sample relevant to writing centers, writing pedagogy, or writing projects, and 5) list of three current referees with full contact information including valid email addresses to:

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.