University of Maryland University College - Program Chair, Written Communication

Program Chair, Written Communication

Communication, Arts, and Humanities

The Undergraduate School        

Largo, MD



The Undergraduate School (TUS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks an innovative, creative Program Chair for written communication.   The Undergraduate School seeks to provide students who have a range of writing abilities and needs with the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for success in their classwork while at UMUC as well as to equip them for the workplace.  The Program Chair will contribute to TUS initiatives building a new learning model and comprehensive revision of all our academic programs that ensures graduates can demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers tell us they need and that are aligned with both industry standards and academic core learning outcomes.

The new Program Chair will join one of the largest online institutions in the world, serving a global student population. UMUC is one of twelve degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM).  Working adults, military personnel, and other students around the globe are achieving their academic goals through UMUC’s innovative educational options, including online instruction, accelerated academic programs, and classroom-based courses taught during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. 

The successful candidate will have a solid grounding in current research, theory, curriculum development, and assessment strategies in writing, and will join a team committed to the development of student writing at all levels.

UMUC strives to reflect the diversity of the global community within which it exists. Cultural differences are valued as essential to the educational process and working environment. Candidates with an understanding of and appreciation for diversity are especially encouraged to apply. 


  • Leading efforts to integrate writing into the undergraduate curriculum
  • Managing developmental and basic writing courses
  • Building innovative approaches to developmental writing support, including conducting initiatives and pilots
  • Developing writing curriculum 
  • Learning outcomes assessment and program improvement based on data
  • Recruitment, management, development, and support of program faculty
  • Fostering and maintaining professional connections in the field of writing
  • Supporting students in the program
  • This is an academic administrative position; Program Chairs teach one course on load each year 
  • Occasional travel between local UMUC locations may be required
  • Other job-related duties as assigned



  • Doctoral or terminal degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a writing-related area with a documented interest or course work in writing pedagogy
  • At least three (3) years teaching at the university level, including developmental/basic level writing
  • Evidence of successful experience designing curriculum for improving student writing and assessing writing readiness
  • Experience in distance and/or adult education
  • Managerial experience in a professional or educational setting and demanding work environment 
  • Comfortable  using information technology and related teaching and management tools 
  • Experience presenting effectively to both large and small audiences 
  • Demonstrated supervisory and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and the ability to foster and develop internal and external relationships to further develop the program are musts



  • Knowledge of competency-based learning approaches
  • Experience in adaptive and other technologies 
  • Administrative experience managing substantial programs and large numbers of employees






All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMUC Offers an excellent benefits package to include up to 8 credits of tuition remission per semester, a minimum of 25 days of leave, and a range of insurance options.  For detailed benefits information, please visit


The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMUC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.