Duke University Is Looking For A New Writing Program Assistant Director

Thompson Writing Program Writing Studio Assistant Director

The Thompson Writing Program at Duke University seeks a Lecturer in Writing Studies or related discipline to serve as Assistant Director of the TWP Writing Studio, the TWP’s writing center. Lecturers are regular rank faculty, and the position affords the possibility for reappointment and promotion. The teaching load is three courses per year, which will likely include sections of first-year writing and an undergraduate-level consultant pedagogy course or other courses depending on programmatic needs. The position comes with an initial three-year
contract, which will be renewable, subject to review. A start date of either July 1, 2020 or August
1, 2020 is preferred.

The Writing Studio, which works with writers across campus, currently has a consulting staff of
undergraduate, graduate, and professional consultants. Other components include…

  • an embedded writing consultant (writing fellows) program pairing undergraduate
    consultants with writing-intensive courses across the university, including an intensive
    partnership with the Pratt School of Engineering’s first-year design class
  • a Graduate Writing Lab offering writing groups and workshops for graduate students
    across the curriculum
  • co-curricular and classroom workshops
  • a nascent community writing center site.

In joining the Thompson Writing Program, the Assistant Director will join eight regular rank faculty colleagues, approximately 25 lecturing fellows, and several instructors, constituting a vibrant, multidisciplinary writing program with an active writing-in-the-disciplines component and a program to support faculty writers.

The Assistant Director of the Writing Studio will work with the Director to

  • supervise and mentor the consulting staff
  • provide pedagogical support to faculty pairing their courses with embedded writing
  • establish and maintain partnerships with other units on campus
  • design pedagogical preparation for consultants in working with multilingual writers
  • assist in mentoring and evaluating instructors in the writing center
  • both spearhead and participate in ongoing research projects in writing center studies
  • engage in ongoing assessment, including designing new measures as appropriate
  • engage in administrative and supervisory work during selected summer terms
  • contribute to strategic planning for the future development of the Studio.

The Assistant Director will also collaborate with Thompson Writing Program faculty on curricular initiatives supporting writing across Duke, and serve on college and university committees as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in writing studies or related field with an active and demonstrable research agenda in an area related to writing center theory and practice
  • Demonstrable experience mentoring or providing professional development for new and
    experienced tutors
  • 2 years’ experience with college-level writing instruction
  • Experience in faculty development

Highly desirable:

  • Experience in writing center administration
  • Demonstrable experience working with translingual or multilingual writers
  • Experience supporting graduate students’ writing development
  • Experience supporting faculty and students with writing in scientific or technical fields
  • Experience in tutoring or administration of digital pedagogy
  • Experience supporting writers with multimodal communication

A complete application includes a letter of application describing research interests, teaching, and administrative experience; a cv; syllabi for two undergraduate courses, at least one of which has already have been taught. Candidates may subsequently be asked to provide three confidential letters of recommendation. For full consideration, please apply by December 1st, 2019. Position will remain open until filled. To apply, use our online application form at Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo ).

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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