Assistant Director

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Position Number:S87810-20190906 Title:Assistant Director Department:Graduate Student Life Category:Professional/Managerial Job Family:Student Life Website: Posting Date:09/20/2019 Summary:

The Assistant Director for Graduate Writing Support will create and implement Lehigh’s first comprehensive writing support program at the graduate level for graduate programs in five colleges. The Assistant Director will promote a culture of professional writing at the graduate level by creating structures to support independent writing, building and managing a writing consultation program, offering training and workshops on research and writing skills, supporting faculty and directors of graduate studies mentoring of graduate student writing. The Assistant Director will partner with campus entities that support student writing and will promote and support visibility of graduate education at Lehigh to raise Lehigh’s research profile. The person in this position must be committed to creating and supporting a welcoming, open and inclusive environment for all student constituents. The Assistant Director should demonstrate a commitment to innovation and risk-taking across all accountabilities.

  1. Builds and manage a writing consultation program for graduate students
    • Hires, manages, and trains subject-specific tutors
    • Set-up of online scheduling process
    • Promotes writing consultation services to graduate students and faculty
    • Determines a variety of ways to deliver and deploy services
  2. Creates structures to support independent writing
    • Manages and develops dissertation and thesis writing boot camps: coordinates one per semester, and one each for summer and winter break
    • Organizes, promotes and sustains subject-area and interdisciplinary writing groups
  3. Offers training and workshops on research and writing skills
    • Develops writing workshops in the following topic areas: grant writing, dissertation proposals, literature review, conference presentation, research poster composition, writing for publication, collaborating writing, effective incorporation of data and graphics and writing for different audiences, etc.
    • Develops partnerships with relevant campus entities: International Center for Academic and Professional Writing, Center for Writing and Math, Directors of Graduate Studies, Research Program Development Officers, TRAC Writing Fellows and the Office of the Vice President for Research
    • Partner with faculty and graduate directors to integrate distinct disciplinary writing norms into training opportunities
    • Create, establish and promote a three-minute thesis competition
  4. Support faculty and directors of graduate studies in their mentoring of graduate writing
    • Consult with individual faculty to offer strategies for improving student writing
    • Offer pop-up workshops on request for classes, labs, etc.
  5. Regularly assesses programs and their effectiveness
    • Tracks student participation in program opportunities
    • Conducts pre- and post-surveys to assess student satisfaction and effectiveness of programs
    • Produces annual report which includes recommendations for continuous improvement
  1. Master's Degree in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing or related degree required; Doctoral Degree preferred
  2. Three to five years related work experience
  3. The successful candidate will demonstrate creative problem-solving skills
  4. Experience with program building
  5. Supervisory experience required
  6. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  7. Excellent writing ability and organizational skills
  8. Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
  9. Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance. Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification
Special Considerations:
  • This position is funded by soft dollars; there is no severance associated with this position
  • Occasional weekend or evening hours required for special events
FTE:100% Grade and Hiring Minimum:10-40 Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary adjustments for internal candidates comply with University policy. For more information contact Human Resources. Required Documents Message:Cover Letter, Resume




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Posted: 9/22/2019
Application Due: 10/30/2019
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