Director of Writing Program, University of California, Santa Barbara

Director of Writing Program,
University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is conducting a search for the Director of
the Writing Program effective July 1, 2008. The Writing Program is an independent unit
within the College of Letters and Science that offers approximately 335 undergraduate
courses yearly at both lower- and upper-division levels. Some freshman composition
sections are linked to general education courses across the disciplines. Numerous
upper-division writing courses are discipline specific. The Program offers a Minor in
Professional Writing and participates in the interdisciplinary culture that characterizes
UC Santa Barbara. A related area of specialization in Composition, Literacy, and English
Education is offered to students in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

Writing Program courses are taught mostly by Writing Program lecturers and graduate
student teaching assistants recruited across campus. The Director, who normally teaches
half-time, supervises faculty recruitment, hiring, and evaluation; plans and staffs the
curriculum; manages the budget; oversees the Program office; and represents the Program
across campus. The Director reports to the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts.

We seek a senior scholar and teacher with a distinguished record who has the vision and
the leadership skills to further the development of an independent, teaching-centered
undergraduate writing program dedicated to writing across the disciplines. The successful
candidate must be qualified to hold a tenured academic appointment as a professor in the
University of California. Candidates should have experience in teaching, administration,
and program development. Experience in obtaining extramural funding is desirable. Salary
is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The College is particularly
interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the
academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Further information about the Program is available at

Candidates should submit a letter of application detailing experience and areas of
academic interest, a current vita, the names (with numbers and e-mail addresses) of 3-5
references, and a sample of scholarly research. Additional materials may be requested at
a later date. Review of candidates will begin on November 5, 2007 and will continue until
the position is filled.

Send applications to:

Writing Program Search Committee,
The Writing Program,
1516 South Hall,
University of California, Santa Barbara,
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3010

The University of California, Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action