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Director of University Writing Services
Date Posted 08/06/2021
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Winona or Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

The Director for University Writing Services inspires staff and faculty to support students in becoming effective writers in college, career, and life. The position cultivates a shared University vision for writing instruction and support services which address student needs while upholding Lasallian ideals. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Faculties and Academic Affairs, the Director provides leadership across the University, manages the long-term planning of the University Writing Centers, and oversees writing-enriched curriculum. Job responsibilities include:

Leadership

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the University Writing that aligns with the current strategic plan of the University. 
  • Assess student writing support needs. 
  • Manage Writing Center budgets, physical space, and technical resources.
  • Supervise and develop the Writing Services staff on both campuses.
  • Hire and train writing consultants and tutors.
  • Collaborate with academic service across the University to support student learning and retention and uphold academic integrity. 

Student Writing Support

  • Guide the development of writing resources to support the teaching and learning of writing in on-ground, online, and blended courses. 
  • Provide oversight of a shared University Writing website.
  • Collaborate with Library staff to provide recursive research and writing support and a welcoming space for student learning.  
  • Provide direct one-on-one writing support as needed. 

Faculty Outreach 

  • Facilitate on-ground and online faculty workshops on the teaching of writing, in collaboration with School Deans, Program Directors, Department Chairs, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). 
  • Serve as a consultant during curriculum development across the University and in all modalities, collaborating with the Associate Dean of General Education and Director of Curriculum and Assessment. 
  • Lead Writing-Enriched (WEC) and Writing-Rich Curriculum.
  • In collaboration with the Writing Services staff, develop workshops and resources for Winona campus faculty on the teaching of writing. 
  • Support the integration of Writing Center resources into the University-wide curriculum. 
  • Consult with faculty to promote students’ ethical use of sources; manage and provide training in technologies used to prevent, detect, and track plagiarism. 

Professional Development

  • Remain current and produce scholarship in the areas of Writing Centers and Writing Across the Curriculum (WEC)/Writing in the Disciplines (WID)/Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC).
Essential Skills and Abilities

The selected candidate will have the following skills and abilities: 

  • Maintain open, positive channels of communication with all University stakeholders to develop a coordinated response to academic writing.  
  • Excellent organizational skills with proven ability to prioritize work responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills; establishes rapport and gains trust through active listening and openness to diverse views.
  • Adept at directing and guiding individuals and teams; maximizes staff and faculty potential to improve student learning and achieve departmental and institutional goals. 
  • Adapts to frequent changes in workload, adjusting priorities quickly as circumstances dictate.
  • Skillful in managing, stewarding, and securing financial resources. 
  • Communicates accurately, thoroughly, and punctually for a variety of audiences and contexts.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • PhD in Rhetoric/Composition or Writing Studies.
  • Experience in administering and assessing a writing program and/or writing center.
  • Expert content knowledge in writing centers and writing instruction across the curriculum. 
  • Supervisory experience managing professional, support, and student staff. 
  • Evidence of successful teaching of writing in both on-ground and online environments.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Application Review Date
Starting Date
Contact Matthew Nowakowski, Ed.D., Interim Vice Provost for Faculties and Academic Affairs
Contact Email mnowakow@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.
EEO M/W/D/V
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