Interim Coordinator of the Writing Center

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Date: March 21, 2019
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 operations of 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 courses necessary for the Writing Competency Program; train and supervise Peer Writing Tutors; coordinate placement and assessment of students through the program; and collect data and analytics for program evaluation. This is a full-time (35 hours per week), 10-month position (August 13 – June 13). 


  • Teaches English 101: Writing Tutorial and English 300: Teaching Assistant in Composition
  • Supervises 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.
  • Trains and supervises undergraduate peer writing tutors to teach tutorial sessions and provide walk-in writing consultations.
  • Determines necessary staffing levels to deliver Writing Center services.
  • Recruits appropriate tutors through a faculty nomination process.
  • Hires and supervises a requisite number of work-study employees to serve Writing Center administrative needs.
  • Working in concert with administrators from Academic Affairs and Center for student Success, coordinates and advises on placement exams for all entering students, and assembles a team of specialists to evaluate written placement exams.
  • Tracks placement, progress, and outcomes for students through the sequence of courses in the Writing Competency Program.
  • Advises Hartwick faculty on appropriate grading rubrics and learning outcomes for Writing-Designated courses.
  • When necessary, consults with advising or student support staff concerning selected students' progress or needs.
  • Creates promotional material and communications for Writing Center marketing and engagement.
  • Collects data to prepare analytical and statistical reports for institutional assessment.
  • In consultation with the Chair of the English Department, revises procedures in order to enhance the support the Writing Center delivers to Hartwick students.
  • 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 or closely related area from an accredited college or university;
  • at least 5 years of teaching experience in composition and/or rhetoric at the college level;
  • at least 1 year of experience in a writing center, especially supervising/training tutors and/or managing ESL learners.

The Interim Coordinator will additionally have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Graduate-level training in composition and rhetoric;
  • Ability to train and supervise student writing tutors;
  • Ability to track performance both of writing tutors and of Writing Center clientele;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Diplomacy and tack in engaging with Hartwick students, faculty, and staff;
  • Knowledge of appropriate software and familiarity with online scheduling and course management systems;
  • And proven analytic skills, including Excel, as well as technical writing experience including queries, reports, and presentation.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 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 general education 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 providing a safe and secure educational and employment 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.

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 for this position, please submit one single pdf copy of your application materials, inclusive of the content below.

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae or resume
  • evidence of teaching achievement in composition and composition workshop
  • evidence of experience training writing center teaching staff, as well as managerial experience related thereto
  • Diversity Statement - a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College's Diversity Statement (
  • the names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

All materials should be sent electronically to Suzanne Janitz, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected] with [Interim Coordinator of the Writing Center] 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 continue until the position is filled.




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Posted: 4/24/2019
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