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Director of Teaching, The Writing Center

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $87,628 to $120,265.

Application Window

Open date: June 7, 2024

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jul 7, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

This is an internal recruitment for candidates from the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis

The UC Davis Writing Center (WC) functions as a unit within the Office of Undergraduate Education in the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, and serving all of the UC Davis community. The primary responsibility of the director of teaching is to provide operational oversight of writing center course instruction. The director will report to the Associate Vice Provost (AVP), the Writing Center. The WC is a new unit and is integral to campus planning and programming efforts to improve success and achieve equitable outcomes for all students, both graduate and undergraduate.

The Writing Center (WC) offers courses that instruct students in writing in a variety of contexts. Courses are taught by lecturers with advanced professional training in teaching writing and by PhD students. Courses are offered at all levels, including entry-level writing, lower and upper university composition requirements.

In consultation with the AVP, the director bears the following responsibilities:

I. ADMINISTRATION/MANAGEMENT OF PROGRAMS (85% EFFORT)

  • Oversight of the teaching and program-support work of all lecturers. This work may include classroom visits and meetings with all faculty and review of their syllabi, course materials, evaluations, and students’ work; close mentorship of newer faculty; oversight of lecturers’ reviews, including the drafting of a recommendation to the AVP for merit increase, as appropriate.
  • In accordance with Senate regulations and in collaboration with the AVP, maintains the curricular strength of WC courses.
  • Works closely with the WC director (who coordinates consulting) to ensure alignment across WC operations as a whole.
  • In coordination with WC staff, meets with faculty and/or students to resolve issues related to concerns such as classroom performance, grades, etc.
  • In coordination with WC staff and the AVP, and in alignment with UC-AFT collective bargaining agreement, develops and maintains a schedule of courses each year that meets curricular needs and student demands, and that provides each lecturer with an equitable workload. This work continues throughout the year, and might entail cancelling underenrolled sections and redirecting students, adding or changing sections and advising on short-notice lecturer recruitment, or changing teaching assignments of existing lecturers at short notice.
  • In collaboration with WC staff and the AVP, represents and advocates for the WC’s projects, services, and interests to various audiences: campus community, UC Systemwide, and the broader writing community. -In collaboration with WC staff and the AVP, liaises with other campus units responsible for providing student support.
  • Other duties as assigned, particularly in relation to university-wide writing or composition requirements, assessment review or placement.
  • The possibility, depending on need, of teaching WC courses, not to exceed more than 2 courses per year.

II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (10 % EFFORT)

Continued professional growth and the ability to relate effectively with academic personnel in the WC and other campus units. Provide intellectual leadership and engagement with current scholarship in Writing Studies and/or Rhetoric and Composition. Participate in appropriate professional societies and conferences as appropriate. Give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups as appropriate.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5% EFFORT)

Participate in the administration of the WC and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation. Participate in campus governance through committee membership, community activities.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Academic appointment within the University Writing Program at UC Davis
  • Terminal degree in Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Education, English, or related field
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Exemplary record in teaching writing
  • Leadership, management or administrative experience
  • Experience training and mentoring faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in writing instruction
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Interest in, understanding of, and commitment to enhancing diversity by serving groups that are underrepresented in the academy
  • Knowledge of current scholarship and best practices in Writing Studies
Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Knowledge of and experience with Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing in the Disciplines (WID) and related approaches, especially as they relate to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience working across faculty, staff, and student constituencies

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Efforts in Writing Program Leadership - Please provide a summary, not to exceed 3 pages, that describes your philosophy and approach to writing program leadership. The summary should include your experience designing, implementing, and/or evaluating processes with a range of constituents, as well as the effectiveness and outcomes of these processes.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 5-8 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06541

Help contact: dgdecarr@ucdavis.edu

About UC Davis

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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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Job location

Davis, CA