Director of Writing Center

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Oglethorpe University
Location
Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA, 30319

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Job Details

Job Location: Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA

Position Type: Full-Time Faculty

Education Level: Doctoral

Job Category: Education

Oglethorpe University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) to serve as the inaugural Director of the university Writing Center. This 12-month position will build a writing center program that supports undergraduate learning across the university. The successful applicant will be a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, and will have their teaching and scholarship overseen by that divisions chair. The Dean of Student Success will oversee them in their capacity as Director.

The inaugural Writing Center Director will launch the Oglethorpe University Writing Center, building a writing program in consultation with the Oglethorpe University faculty, the Office of Student Success, and the Office of the Provost. Once established, the Director will be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, and management of writing tutors; managing daily Writing Center operations; conducting in-class demonstrations of Writing Center services, providing workshops on writing instruction for faculty; and managing the budget of the Writing Center (in consultation with the Dean of Student Success). The successful candidate will have a significantly reduced teaching load, with teaching focused on tutor training and writing-intensive courses. There is also the potential for discipline-specific writing courses (e.g., Science Writing, Technical Writing). Depending on need and qualifications, the successful candidate could also teach other courses in English.

The successful candidate should demonstrate effectiveness in undergraduate teaching, including effectiveness in teaching a diverse student body; have a record of professional activity and scholarship in the areas of writing center theory and practice, rhetoric and composition; or related fields; and have demonstrated effectiveness in advancing equity and inclusion in the classroom.

Oglethorpe University is a small and growing liberal arts institution. Dedication to students and quality teaching are highly valued here. Our campus is located in the urban environment of Brookhaven, Georgia, with easy access to the cultural offerings of Atlanta and its surrounding cities (e.g., about 15 minutes to the Midtown Arts District via the MARTA rail system). The university currently enrolls a diverse population of nearly 1,500 students who represent more than 30 states and 30 countries. More than half of Oglethorpes students identify as persons of color, and approximately 40 percent are the first in their families to attend college. Candidates from historically excluded groups, whose work furthers the institutions diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, and who bring varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Oglethorpe is committed to fostering a campus community and intellectual environment that recruits and maintains diverse faculty and staff, promotes a culture of respect for diverse experiences and perspectives, and understands and addresses the role of inequality in shaping our individual and collective identities. We value faculty mentorship and support faculty teaching, research, and development through the Office of the Provost which works closely with the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Requirements:

PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or related field by start date; a minimum of two years of experience working in a university writing center; evidence of ability to develop a tutor-training course and potential writing-intensive courses; demonstrated excellence in teaching first-year and advanced writing courses; demonstrated potential for successful research and publication.

Preferred qualifications:

TESOL; experience managing a writing center; familiarity with technical or science writing; experience in writing assessment and curriculum development; grant-writing.

To apply, please submit a brief letter of interest (which should speak to demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion), a CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information for three references (no letters necessary at time of application). We will begin reviewing applications on October 31, 2022, and will continuing reviewing applications until the position is filled. The successful applicant could start as early as February 2023, but the start date is negotiable.

Questions about the position may be directed to: [email protected]

Organization

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to more than 1350 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 31 countries.

Renowned for the groundbreaking Oglethorpe Core, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Students connect theory and practice with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.

Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of growth and innovation, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships and programs. In 2018, Oglethorpe launched Flagship 50, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship program that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe one of only 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation and the only one in Georgia for the third year in a row.

This year marks the opening of the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift commitment, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the new school of business. 

In the past five years, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s study abroad venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint, with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, Paris, and Rome.

Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.

Location

Oglethorpe is ideally located in the newly-formed city of Brookhaven, an inner suburb of Atlanta recently cited as the safest city in the metro area and one of the most popular destinations for singles and families alike. The campus is situated on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Road, less than a mile from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station and easily accessed from all major interstates. The university is just minutes from Atlanta’s best shopping and dining.

Brookhaven boasts a variety of living options from large historic homes, mid-century bungalows, and newly-constructed homes, townhomes and apartments, including a new luxury rental apartment complex on Oglethorpe’s campus. Residents enjoy an extensive and growing system of parks and walking trails, nature preserves, annual festivals, and top-notch public and private schools.

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