Writing Center Director/Lecturer or Senior Lecturer


The Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University invites applications for the position of Writing Center Director/Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (rank will commensurate with experience) in an established WID program. The successful candidate will have training in composition theory and pedagogy and writing center administration, and experience teaching and tutoring writing in the disciplines to students from a wide variety of educational and language backgrounds. 


The writing center director is responsible for administering a tutoring program that operates out of five campus locations; for training, scheduling, and supervising a staff of 50 undergraduate writing tutors and mentoring up to 2 graduate student assistant directors; and designing promotional materials, tracking usage data, and developing ongoing protocols for assessing services. The writing center director is also responsible for teaching introductory writing seminars to underprepared students, students with learning differences/disabilities, and international and multilingual writers. 

This position may also involve collaborating on program development (such as working with other tutoring programs (Language Tutoring Service, Graduate Writing Service, and English Language Support Office for International Graduate Students); participating in training courses for graduate instructors and TAs; and consulting with faculty on teaching academic writing to students with a broad range of abilities and experiences.


The successful candidate will hold a Masters degree in Composition and Rhetoric, and have secondary preparation in Writing Center Studies, Basic Writing, Applied Linguistics, or TESOL. PhD preferred.

Terms of Employment:

The writing center director will be appointed to a renewable academic-year position as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (again rank will commensurate with experience) with a teaching load that is equivalent to 3 courses each semester; actual responsibilities will be a mix of administration, teaching, and consulting. 

Lecturers are hired for renewable three-year terms and senior lecturers are hired for renewable five-year terms. The position has a strong benefits package, which includes professional development. The appointment contract will begin July 1, 2016.

To Apply:

For the first round of consideration, applicants should submit ONLY the following materials to Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6355.

  • a Cover Letter addressing teaching experience and scholarly interests
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a statement of Teaching Philosophy

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Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled.