Assistant Director, Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

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Jacobson Center

Job Description PRIMARY FUNCTIONS:  Create, implement, and sustain a short and long-term, dynamic vision for the peer tutoring component of the writing center.  Teach in the classroom and in individualized sessions in the Jacobson Center.  Play a leading role in departmental and institutional faculty development.  Design, implement, and participate in writing assessment and other Jacobson Center projects. Enhance and maintain the Jacobson Center’s website.






Administrative Responsibilities:  Develop and implement a strategic vision for the peer tutoring program at the Jacobson. Hire, train, and supervise peer writing tutors. Develop and lead faculty development efforts related to writing pedagogy.  Create and nurture connections between the peer writing tutoring program and other departments and programs, especially the First-Year Seminar program.  Play a leading role in the promotion, implementation, and maintenance of a Writing Enriched Curriculum (as developed at the University of Minnesota).  Develop and refine writing assessment tools.  Develop content for the Jacobson Center website independently and collaboratively. 




Teaching Responsibilities: Teach IDP 145 (Prose, Process, and Pedagogy, 1 cr.), the Jacobson Center’s peer writing tutor-training course.  Conduct, observe, and coach one-on-one writing counselling sessions of tutees with staff and peer tutors. Through the process of annual consultation with the Director of the Jacobson Center and the Associate Dean of the Faculty, additional teaching opportunities may emerge.




Additional duties as assigned by supervisor.






Education/Experience: Ph.D. in Composition & Rhetoric, English, or a related field.  Experience training peer writing tutors.  Experience teaching college-level writing in the classroom and in a writing center.  Familiarity with the Writing Enriched Curriculum is not essential but highly desired. 




Skills: The ability to develop and execute several key projects simultaneously.  Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, and have strong organizational and planning skills, excellent writing and oral communication skills, and strong analytical and research skills.  Familiarity with the MS Office suite, WordPress, and Drupal.  Experience in digital media and publication is not essential but highly desired (GarageBand, Audacity, Adobe Premiere, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite).  Excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to effectively interact with people of all backgrounds, to use sound judgment, and to think creatively. 



Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.


Review of applications will begin

September 4, 2019




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Posted: 8/23/2019
Application Due: 10/22/2019
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