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Director of the Center for Writing

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID359090
LocationTwin Cities
Job FamilyAcademic
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Regular/TemporaryRegular
Job Code9362
Employee ClassAcad Prof and Admin
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About the Job


The Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for the Director of the Center for Writing. This is a full-time, 9-month non-tenure faculty position with summer augmentation and an anticipated start date of June 19, 2024. The Director appointment is a 12-month administrative appointment at the rank of director (with faculty rank). The position will report primarily to the Chair of the Department of Writing Studies. We seek an outstanding candidate to lead the University of Minnesota's Center for Writing, an internationally recognized, complex, multi-program educational and research center that serves students, faculty and staff across the University, as well as preK-college educators statewide. The University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Writing Studies has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are interested in candidates who can support and expand this commitment. This position is responsible for unit vision and goals, long-term planning, program development, assessment, and procurement and stewardship of resources to fulfill the Center's mission of supporting students and educators who practice, teach with, and research writing. The Director leads and motivates a diverse staff of more than 50 people, including education professionals, a unit administrator, and graduate and undergraduate writing consultants. This position includes research in writing centers and the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as teaching, which may include a course in the theory and practice of writing consultancy (WRIT 3751W) and other departmental courses. We seek a colleague who is interested in representing the center, strengthening its research vision, and enhancing partnerships with the Department of Writing Studies. In addition, this position establishes partnerships with and represents the Center to multiple stakeholders within and outside the University.
The Director of the Center for Writing will hold an administrative appointment as the director and a non-tenured faculty position in the Writing Studies academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts. The appointee will be expected to contribute 50% effort toward the scholarly and academic responsibilities with the Department of Writing Studies in the form of teaching and/or research. This position also carries year-round administrative responsibilities as Director of the Center for Writing. The initial appointment is for three years followed by annual reappointments through year six when a long-term contract will be considered. Offering salary will start at $80K for this position. The final offering amount will be determined by the education and experience being brought into this position. Job Responsibilities

Serve as chief administrative office of the centerSupervise a team of 7 members including Student Writing Support (SWS) Co-Directors, Minnesota Writing Project Director, Multilingual Learner Specialists, and a Center administratorRepresent the Center for Writing to the Department of Writing Studies, senior University leadership and stakeholders within and outside the University Monitor, approve, and forecast Center budgetOversee and support the University's sponsorship of the local site of the National Writing Project and relevant grantsEngage in teaching in the Writing Studies Department, 1-2 courses per yearEngage in research and scholarship of teaching and learning as well as writing centers and/or writing program administrationIncrease the visibility of the Center's contributions to teaching, research and public engagement through regular participation in conferences and organizations devoted to writing centers, writing programs, and writing instruction
Qualifications


Required Qualifications:
PhD in Writing Studies, Composition, Rhetoric, Technical & Professional Communication, Literacy Education, English, or other relevant field, in hand by the start dateExperience with Writing Center theory, practice, and administration A record of publication and presentation focused on writing centers, writing/teaching, or writing program administrationExperience with teaching writing and rhetoric courses, including experience working successfully in classrooms of students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgroundsExperience planning, preparing, and monitoring budgets and/or grant fundsDemonstrated commitment to improving equity, inclusion, and access Outstanding communication, organizational, and collaboration skillsExcellent time management, project management, and problem-solving skills. Preferred Qualifications:
Experience supervising, mentoring, and providing professional development for graduate students, part-time faculty, and professional staffExperience with public engagement and/or partnering in community-based settingsExperience with academic technologies related to writing instruction, language learner support, and writing across the disciplinesExperience with the collection, analysis, and presentation of qualitative and quantitative data for various stakeholders
About the Department


Mission of the Center for WritingThrough individual consultations and in partnership with academic departments, the Center for Writing supports students and educators who practice, teach with, and research writing at the University of Minnesota, throughout the state, and around the world. To fulfill this mission, the Center
Encourages the development of writers and the use of writing as a tool for critical thinking, learning, and communicating in all fields Promotes expanded understandings of what writing is and how it works in the world Listens carefully to the ideas and perspectives of students, faculty, researchers, and academic departmentsEngages in collaborative learning, teaching, and research Develops and communicates current knowledge and research about writing and writing pedagogyThe Center for Writing is committed to fostering and sustaining a culture of equity, inclusiveness, and openness, which includes respect for linguistic diversity. About the Department of Writing StudiesOne of thirty-one departments in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, the is the home of first-year writing, technical communication, and the Center for Writing. The First-Year Writing program serves over 5,000 students per year and situates writing as digital, social, professional, personal, and educational. The department also offers a B.S. in Technical Writing and Communication, M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication, a post baccalaureate certificate in Technical Communication, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication. Current research specialties in the department include rhetorical theory, rhetoric and composition, rhetoric of technology, rhetoric of health and medicine, and technical and professional communication. About the College of Liberal ArtsHome to the arts, social sciences and humanities disciplines and programs, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest college in the University of Minnesota and comprises 31 academic departments, and over 20 interdisciplinary research centers and administrative/support units. CLA has over 1,300 faculty and staff spanning research, teaching, advising, outreach, and administrative functions. CLA units reside in over twenty buildings on the East Bank and West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. CLA enrolls nearly 13,000 undergraduate students, over 40% of the undergraduate enrollment on the Twin Cities campus, 1,400 graduate students, and has an annual all-funds budget of $290 million. CLA is a destination for curious, compassionate individuals who are committed to making our increasingly interdependent and diverse global community work for everyone. That . CLA is committed to increasing enrollment of underrepresented and under-resourced students, diversifying our faculty across all disciplines, recruiting, and retaining a diverse staff, and promoting the expression and exploration of diverse perspectives and viewpoints-so that we all gain the background knowledge and analytical skills we need to understand and respect differences.

Benefits


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • with free or reduced rates in the Twin Cities metro areaPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
    How To Apply


    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. Priority will be given to completed applications received by February 5, 2024 but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. To be considered complete, an application must include the following: cover letter, CV, diversity statement, administrative philosophy statement, and names and contact information of three references, which may be attached with your application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. The search committee may request additional materials at a later date. Questions about the posting may be sent via email to

    Department Administrator Shannon Klug
    Center for Writing
    216 Nolte Center
    University of Minnesota
    216 Pillsbury Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    klugx004@umn.edu
    To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
    Diversity


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
    Employment Requirements


    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
    About the U of M


    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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