Assistant Director, Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

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Job location: Smith College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-08-20
Req: R-201900695
Jacobson CenterJob 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

Compensation Grade:

Grade H

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 8/27/2019
Application Due: 9/25/2019
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