English: Composition Instructor (50%) and Assistant Director in the Center of Writing Excellence (50%)

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seeks to hire an Assistant Director in the Center for Writing Excellence who will also teach composition in the English department. This two–year position begins August 19, 2013, with the possibility of renewal based on funding availability and performance.  The official title for this position falls within the Lecturer title series.

This nine-month position supports the Director of the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) and the broader initiative of promoting and supporting writing across the curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


The responsibilities include collaborating with the director on the following: hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring undergraduate students working as Writing Assistants, Writing Fellows, and researchers; appointing, training, and mentoring Graduate Assistants; working closely with faculty as they develop curricula, materials, and pedagogy pertaining to writing; developing a variety of services and programs to support faculty efforts; maintaining the tutoring program and developing other forms of writing assistance for students; creating assessment tools for Writing Assistants and faculty; maintaining and expanding satellite centers and the Writing Fellows program; developing instructional materials for use in the CWE and in the classroom; and maintaining and expanding the CWE's online presence and services. The assistant director will also teach composition courses in the Blugold Seminar under the supervision of the Director of Composition and Chair of the English Department. Execution of these responsibilities requires extensive communication and coordination skills, independent judgment and decision-making skills, and thorough knowledge of University policies and procedures. The position reports 50% to the Director of the Center for Writing Excellence and 50% to the Chair of the English Department. The position's work is performed under limited supervision.

Assistant Director in the Center of Writing Excellence (50%)

  • Provide support to Director in his/her role as the University's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) consultant, chair or member of University and/or UW System committees, and member of national organizations on writing, writing centers and WAC.
  • Assist Director with oversight of daily operations of the CWE.
  • Develop training materials for Writing Assistants.
  • Administer and expand the Writing Fellows program.
  • Develop instructional materials and media for use in the CWE and by faculty and Writing Fellows.
  • Develop and run ongoing assessment initiatives.
  • Assist the Director of Composition and the Director of the CWE in providing support for the first-year writing program.
  • Work closely with faculty to identify partnership opportunities and ongoing writing projects that could benefit from CWE support.
  • Direct the expansion and enhancement of online tutoring support.
  • Take primary responsibility for satellite centers.
  • Mentor Graduate Assistants and assist in their professional development.
  • Collaborate with the Director on expanding Writing Assistants' representation at regional and national scholarly events.

Composition Instructor (50%)

  • Teach up to eight credits of first-year writing per semester.
  • Support the teaching of ENGL 397.
  • Teach other writing and/or literature classes as needed.


  • Minimum MA in English or related field; degree or coursework in rhetoric and composition preferred.
  • Minimum two years experience in writing centers; administrative experience preferred.
  • Minimum one year administrative or supervisory experience in academic or business settings.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching first-year composition; experience with basic writers and/or English language learners preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, and units on campus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

Application Procedure

Materials required:

  • Letter of application addressing your experience with, and philosophy of, writing center work
  • Curriculum vita
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one that addresses your ability to teach first-year composition.

Please submit all documents in PDF format.

If letters of recommendation are sent directly from the individual, please have them emailed to

Direct any questions to Dr. Alan Benson, Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, at .

Apply online at by following the instructions. Click on our position vacancy (English: Assistant Director in the Center of Writing Excellence and Composition Instructor ID #9004) and then click the "Apply Now" button. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login.") Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by May 13, 2013. However, screening may continue until the position is filled.  Preliminary interviews will be held by phone conference.

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.

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Posted 4/25/13