Interim Coordinator of the Writing Center

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Date: March 9, 2018
Title: Interim Coordinator of the Writing Center

Description: Under the supervision of the Chair of the Department of English, the Interim Coordinator of the Writing Center is responsible for supervising the Writing Center weekdays (M – F) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Fall, January, and Spring terms.  Furthermore, the Interim Coordinator will teach English 101: Writing Tutorial; English 300: Teaching Assistant in Composition; English 208: The Anatomy of English (as needed).  This is a full-time (35 hours per week), 10-month position (August 15 – June 15).


  • Teach English 101: Writing Tutorial; English 300: Teaching Assistant in Composition; and English 208: The Anatomy of English (as needed).
  • Supervise the operation of the Writing Center weekdays (M – F) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Fall, January, and Spring terms.
  • Determine the number of writing tutors required efficiently and coherently to deliver the services comprehended by the Writing Center’s mission.
  • In a timely fashion, alert faculty to nominate students of exceptional writing competency and with the discretion and courtesy required to engage with peers requiring tutoring support.
  • Contact and interview students nominated by faculty to serve as writing tutors; establish a corps of writing tutors; train and supervise student writing tutors and meet with them one evening per week when classes are in session to discuss Writing Center agenda and clientele performance and needs.
  • Work in concert with writing tutors to support walk-in students seeking tutorial assistance with essays and theses.
  • Hire and supervise a requisite number of work-study employees to serve as Writing Center receptionists.
  • Work in concert with administrators from OAA and CSS, coordinate and advise on placement exams for all entering students, and assemble a team of specialists to evaluate written placement exams.
  • Track Hartwick undergraduates’ progress through the Writing Levels.
  • Is responsible for overseeing the placement of students who earn WL2b status (upon completion of ENGL110) in ENGL111, “Composition Workshop”.
  • Is responsible for appropriately placing students required to retake ENGL110.
  • Advise and consult with Hartwick faculty, students, and staff concerning the aim and learning outcomes of ENGL110 (“Composition”) as well as the aim and learning outcomes of the sequence of courses (i.e., WL2b, WL3, WL4) by which Hartwick students fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement.
  • Advise Hartwick faculty to appropriate grading rubrics and learning outcomes for WL3 courses.
  • When necessary, consult with faculty advisors or CSS staff concerning selected students’ progress or needs.
  • In consultation with the Chair of the English Department, revise procedures in order to enhance the support the Writing Center delivers to Hartwick students seeking either to fulfill their Writing Competency requirements or to secure competent counsel relative to drafting formal essays.
  • Participation in signature College events such as Opening Convocation, Honors Convocation, Commencement, Student Scholarship Showcase, Admissions Open Houses, and other events as specified by supervisor.
  • Comply with all applicable College, Federal, State, local, and associational laws, rules, and regulations.
  • As a representative of the College, comport him/herself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Minimum requirements for this position are a Master of Arts degree in English from an accredited college or university and at least 5 years of teaching experience in composition and/or rhetoric at the college level. 

The Interim Coordinator will have experience teaching basic writing skills workshop, college-level composition, and/or analytical writing, as well as expertise in training students to serve as writing tutors able to teach the basics of writing and college-level composition.  Evidence of experience managing a writing center, or an analogous center for student support is desirable. 

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.  Diplomacy and tact in engaging with Hartwick students, faculty, staff and alumni. Knowledge of appropriate software and familiarity with learning management systems, such as Desire to Learn (D2L).

Hartwick College Information:

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,400 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. 

Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to "be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning."  

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.  Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.”  Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.  

Hartwick College is committed to provide a safe and secure educational environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.  

Application Instructions:

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process. To apply, please submit two single pdf copies of your application materials. One of these copies should have any and all reference to your name redacted. The other copy should leave any reference to your name intact. Both copies should be inclusive of the content below.

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • Diversity Statement – a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (
  • and the names and contact information for three references (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor) 

All materials should be sent electronically to Jarvis McCowin, Coordinator of Inclusion, at [email protected] with [Position Title] in the subject line. Applications may also be mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 3/9/2018
Application Due: 4/18/2018
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