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Assistant Professor Research Writing-GSEL

Southern Nazarene University
Bethany Campus - Bethany, OK, 73008

Job Details

Job Details

Job Location: Bethany Campus - Bethany, OK

Position Type: Faculty Full-Time

Education Level: Terminal Degree

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%


Full Time / Salary / Exempt / 12 month Faculty


Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


The Assistant Professor of Research Writing will work in collaboration with the DEAL Program Director and Dissertation Directors in many aspects to support doctoral students in all locations and modalities in academic writing. This person creates instructional content for the program and meets with individual learners, as needed, to enhance their understanding of writing skills necessary to fulfill all dissertation writing expectations. Additionally, this person will work closely with students who have completed all program course requirements and who need additional support to complete remaining dissertation requirements. The Assistant Professor of Research Writing serves as the Academic Writing Specialist committee member on all proposal and defense meetings each semester and will co-teach ED-7663 Literature Review with Dissertation Directors each semester.

The School of Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership (GSEL) seeks to develop highly qualified leaders who contribute to their fields of study and inspire meaningful change. The EdD program currently serves more than 200 students representing diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities. The successful Assistant Professor of Research brings diverse lived experiences and representative perspectives to provide expertise for current and relevant research topics. Additionally, this person is culturally responsive in recognizing and honoring the uniqueness of each individual learner and engaging in diverse viewpoints to foster a supportive and inclusive academic environment.


Essential Functions:

  • Co-teach the literature review courses with Dissertation Directors each semester.
  • Maintain familiarity with current graduate catalog and EdD program dissertation policies and procedures.
  • Support policies and procedures to ensure adequate progress on dissertation is being made
  • Review all proposals and dissertations to ensure adherence to the most current version of APA style and the SNU dissertation template.
  • Edit and provide constructive feedback sensitively and effectively on proposals and dissertations to help students strengthen overall structure, clarity, and style.
  • Maintain familiarity with the current APA standards adopted by the DEAL program.
  • Offer individual assistance, workshops, and focused class sessions on APA current edition writing expectations for DEAL students.
  • Create writing resources, including handout, guides, and presentations, for various aspects of the dissertation writing process.
  • Consult with individual students who need extra writing support to discuss their writing projects, offer feedback, and develop strategies for improvement.
  • Stay abreast of current trends and best practices in academic writing pedagogy and in research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative studies.
  • Participate in the proposal defense and dissertation defense meetings for all students when assigned as their Academic Writing Specialist.
  • Collaborate with Dissertation Directors and committee members to assist students in developing quality proposals and dissertations.
  • Be consistent and timely in communication with DEAL students.
  • Represent the program on appropriate committees related to the EdD program.
  • Collaborate with the appropriate university leadership and Intercultural Faculty Fellows to ensure cultural issues are addressed.
  • Assist with planning and hosting the program orientation workshop and proposal workshop two times each year.
  • Plan and conduct sessions on topics related to academic writing for both the program orientation and the proposal workshop
  • Encourage learners to submit dissertation proposals and findings to national conferences and support them through the application process.
  • Participate in and assist with planning all program celebratory events and commencement ceremonies.
  • Attend departmental meetings and support all departmental activities throughout the year.
  • Be actively engaged in a research agenda.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Southern Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. According to SNU policy, all faculty and staff must profess faith in Jesus Christ, possess a strong personal Christian commitment and be committed to the SNU mission to make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ centered community.
  • An understanding of the importance for diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Terminal degree in a social sciences field from a regionally accredited institution
  • An understanding of qualitative and quantitative research designs
  • An awareness and appreciation of adult learning theory
  • Hold or willingness to obtain a current IRB Training Certification
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proven leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Positive attitude and high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work with a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional persistence and self-motivated work ethic
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Computer/classroom technology proficiency and a knowledge of or willingness to learn Google suites
  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

To perform job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Extensive readingthe individual accepts responsibility for extensive reading, analysis, and editing of learner writing.
  • Problem solvingthe individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Interpersonal skillsremains open to the ideas of others and exhibits willingness to test new processes.
  • Diverse perspectivesgrounded in contexts of diversity in research, scholarship, and teaching.
  • Verbal communicationthe individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Capacity for group presentation skills and conducting meetings.
  • Written communicationthe individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
  • Quality controlthe individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.

Supervision Received:

Receives supervision and work assignments from a designated supervisor, although other staff members in the unit may provide work direction.

Supervision Exercised:

May be responsible for the coordination of work assignments for student employees.

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Generous benefit structure including family health insurance plan (shared cost), long term disability, dental insurance, group life insurance, retirement matching, tuition remission, vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays.


Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. It is an expression of the educational ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. Based at its main residential campus located just west of Oklahoma City, SNU serves students from around the world at multiple locations in Oklahoma and through online educational opportunities. 

Founded in 1899, SNU grew out of several small evangelical colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. During the later part of the nineteenth century, settlers in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas founded these educational institutions to promote the optimistic message that the result of people fully aligning their lives with God’s work in the world would be personal holiness and compassionate service.

Southern Nazarene University values each person created in the image of God, therefore, we also desire to be a community that reflects representation of diversity. We care about inclusion and equity through the refining of our character, the way we create culture and the way we serve Christ. Our University values reconciliation through God’s love.  

 Southern Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, veterans status or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services.

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