Assistant Director of Writing Program

The University Writing Program in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for the Assistant Director 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 Assistant Director contributes to curricular development and teacher training for UMass’s award-winning and nationally-recognized Writing Program. The position offers the unique opportunity to work with graduate teaching associates and undergraduate students. In addition to working collaboratively with other Writing Program staff members to carry out the mission to teach writing to our over 4200 first-year students, the successful candidate will teach two sections of College Writing per year plus two practica on the teaching of writing to graduate students. The successful candidate must be willing to participate in the day-to-day operations of a large university writing program including maintaining regular daily office hours, participating in staff meetings and joint projects, mentoring graduate teaching associates, leading and organizing curricular initiatives, responding to student and teacher emergencies, and collaborating with key university departments and programs. Additionally the successful candidate will co-lead and collaboratively plan the annual new teachers’ week-long orientation taking place prior to fall semester.

Specialization in digital or multi-modal composition, multi-lingual writers, and/or writing pedagogy addressing social, political, and cultural differences preferred.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in English or related field by the contracted start date.
  • Two years of administrative experience of some kind.
  • A strong record of taking initiative and carrying out projects independently.
  • A strong record of working within a collaborative team environment.
  • A record of academic, professional, and service accomplishments.
  • A commitment to staying informed nationally and/or internationally about current scholarship and practices related to writing pedagogy and writing program administration.
  • Commitment to teaching and working with diverse populations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to bring a unique and leading-edge vision to the teaching of writing.
  • Willingness to travel for professional development.
  • Experience with curricular design and innovation.
  • Ability to teach across a variety of platforms and with a variety of technologies.

The salary is competitive and includes professional development support and opportunities for collaboration with graduate students 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) administrative philosophy (with attention to pedagogy, 4) writing sample relevant to 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.