Writing Center Director
Writing Center DirectorTracking CodeF732 Job Description
Position Title: Writing Center Director
Position Tracking Number: F732
School/College: Associate Provost
Department: Writing Program
Location: Azusa Campus
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. As a leading Christian university in California, Azusa Pacific University grounds rigorous academics on a solid spiritual foundation. With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars. APU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral University, recognizing APU’s high level of research activity. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
Azusa Pacific University invites applications for an open rank, 10-month faculty position (with options for summer work) for the Director of the Writing Center starting in August 2021. This position also carries a 2/2 course load in the Writing Program. In accordance with the strategic initiatives implemented by the Writing Program Administrator, the Writing Center Director oversees, implements, and assesses activities serving both APU students (graduate, undergraduate, and professional) and faculty writers across two Azusa campuses and multiple regional sites. The successful candidate strategically networks with every academic program, relevant academic affairs offices, the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Office of Research and Grants, and University Libraries to serve the writing needs of this R2 institution. Finally, the Writing Center supports a diverse student population, requiring the Writing Center Director to have a strong record in and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
- Provide leadership and coordination of writing (and speaking) coaching of faculty and students across the university’s multiple campuses. Oversee all aspects of the daily operation of the Writing Center, including overseeing budgeting and public relations.Hire, train, and supervise full-time coordinator, part-time staff writing coaches, and peer student coaches who implement the latest in writing center theory and practice across multidisciplinary genres and different writing stages. Oversee writing seminars, workshops, and research projects designed specifically for the APU context and Writing Center scholarship.Promote and publicize the services of the Writing Center (e.g., programs, philosophy, and procedures) to the campus community.Coordinate the creation and dissemination of writing resources.Teach 6 units per semester (or 12 units per year) in the Writing Program.Communicate regularly with faculty and academic departments in regards to writing consultant referrals, specific writing issues, and other relevant information.Provide ongoing professional development for Writing Center staff related to writing theory and practice, including online delivery of writing support services.Coordinate with IMT to keep up with the best practices of writing centers as it relates to the technology and equipment needs of the CenterOther duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to the needs of the university.May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.
- PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or its equivalent as determined by the hiring committee. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to manage details and follow through. Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder.
- At least two years of experience in a university writing center with active memberships in writing center associations and rhetoric-composition professional societies.At least two years of experience teaching rhetoric and composition in higher education.Strong interpersonal skills for interaction with faculty and students.Strong verbal and written communication skills.Ability to work creatively and cooperatively.Strong project planning and management skills for projects of varying complexity.Scholarship/publications within comp/rhet preferred. A research agenda congruent with our R2 status is necessary.Experience and expertise in working with multilingual students is preferred given the fact that approximately ⅓ of our clients self-identify as multilingual.
Hire Date: Open until filled.
- Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects of the position in agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.Through programs and services offered, the Writing Center supports a wide range of diverse student populations; therefore, it is imperative that the Writing Center Director demonstrates a desire to learn about the varying needs of diverse populations, can appropriately engage, and celebrate the differences of all students with whom we work.
Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.
Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.
Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
Job Location Azusa, California, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular