Wesleyan University’s Shapiro Writing Center invites applications for an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Academic Writing beginning September 1, 2018. This is a 9-month position, for an initial three-year term, with the possibility of renewal and promotion based on teaching and colleagueship.

This position will support Academic Writing across the university in the following ways:

  • Teaching and development of 3 undergraduate writing courses each year (at least one course in fall and one in spring, plus a third that could be in fall, spring, Summer Session or Winter Session).
  • Assisting the Director of Academic Writing in providing support for students and faculty by:
    • Recruiting, training, and supervising a post-baccalaureate Fellow in the Writing Center responsible for supporting day-to-day operations of the Writing Workshop;
    • Recruiting, training, and supervising undergraduate writing tutors and mentors;
    • Developing programming for students and for faculty, including workshops, lectures, and other events;
    • Coordinating with the Director of Academic Writing on outreach to faculty and students;
    • Coordinating with the Director of Academic Writing on developing and maintaining modes of assessment for activities of the Writing Workshop.

There will also be the possibility to propose additional courses beyond the three contracted courses, for additional overload compensation. Professors of the practice are not tenure-track positions, but are renewable positions based on performance, budget, and continued need.Institutional information and support:
Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Wesleyan’s Shapiro Writing Center will provide support for this position.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have a PhD in rhetoric and composition, in hand by the time of appointment, or a PhD in a related field along with substantial experience teaching academic writing. Experience managing a writing workshop or a comparable academic institution preferred. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and communication skills and a record of excellent colleagueship.

Special Instructions To Applicants:
You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) any representative publications, documentation of teaching experience, (4) including teaching statement, (4) course syllabi and (6) student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information:
Applications completed by March 1, 2018, will receive full consideration.

Please contact Lisa Sacks at lsacks@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3428 if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users:
We gladly accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account, please use the “web delivery” method to upload your letters directly to our online application.

For further instructions, look here: http://help.interfolio.com/entries/24062742-Uploading-Letters-to-an-Online-Application-System.