Associate Dir. of University Writing Program: First-Year Writing Program Director

Associate Director of University Writing Program: First-Year Writing Program Director

RIT seeks a Writing Program Administrator to serve as an Associate Director of the new University Writing Program (UWP). This is a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the Department of English, with an Administrative appointment in the Office of Academic Affairs.

First-Year Writing is a foundational component of RIT’s core curriculum and a strategic part of the Institute’s mission. The First-Year Writing Program is an integrated, innovative curricular space dedicated to working with students and faculty to address the challenges of learning and communicating in interdisciplinary, professional, and culturally diverse environments. The Associate Director for First Year Writing will enhance the mission of the University Writing Program’s academic support for faculty and first-year students by helping to develop this robust site for RIT student writing culture.
The Associate Director's work includes: ongoing development of the First-Year Writing curriculum; supervision of part-time faculty teaching first-year, WI courses; administration of RIT’s writing placement exam; support of the diverse linguistic, learning, disciplinary, cultural, and transitional needs of student writers; development of new initiatives with the UWP director and associate director for the Writing Center; assessment of program effectiveness through research. Additionally, this faculty member will teach two courses per year.

Most of the Associate Director's responsibilities will take place during the regular academic year, within a standard nine and a half month appointment. For additional compensation, some activities could extend into the summer term.

The Associate Director for FYW will have a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, or closely related field, a rigorous research agenda in writing pedagogy or writing program administration as evidenced by a publication/grant seeking record, curricular development and program administration experience focused on writing and the teaching of writing, and teaching experience at the college level. Specialization in digital literacy, international perspectives on writing, community outreach, or “writing about writing” approaches to curriculum preferred.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development and Scholarship; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu. Faculty Search: IRC54778. Please submit your cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; a vita; the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references; statements of administrative and teaching philosophies; and a statement of your research/publication interests and experience. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 3, 2012.