The Associate Director of Composition joins a team working to develop and assess first-year composition, to proactively and intentional use assessment to inform curriculum, and to sustain strong partnerships with various stakeholders and partners. Primary administrative responsibilities include design and implementation of formative and summative assessment (20%); program administration (20%); curriculum development (20%) and teaching (40%). This is a 12-month contract that includes 3 courses/year, administration, supervision, and leadership.
Collect for, design, and implement assessment annually; provide leadership to set goals and benchmarks
Develop both formative and summative assessment, conducted systematically and annually, to be used for curriculum development, teacher training, and for reporting internally and externally on program outcomes.
Stay current with scholarship and best practices and knowledge in the field of FYW, particularly in relation to assessment, multimodal realities of professional/lifelong writing, online/digital elements, and diversity/intercultural factors.
Program Administration (20%):
Enrollment management and scheduling: Determine numbers of sections to be offered based on admission data. Manage reserved seats provided to special University programs in FYW sections to accommodate needs at the same time managing reserved capacities and maximizing enrollments in first-year writing.
With FYW Director, evaluate enrollment trends to support enrollment management. Determine delivery modes, meeting patterns, and campus location for all FYW sections ensuring that sections are scheduling is student-centered so as to offer options across the day/week/use & standard meeting times. Ensure that program meets all scheduling deadlines.
Staff unassigned courses. Screen applicants, conduct interviews and contribute to hiring decisions with Faculty Director and Associate Director for Teaching Excellence. Collect instructor availability and preferences and assign sections for all graduate and professional instructors each semester and summer term with assistance from the FYW administrative assistant. With FYW Director, recommend summer teaching appointments based on qualifications and preferences. Make arrangements for replacement or substitute teaching as needed due to leaves, retirements, and resignations. As needed, provide coverage of other first-year writing courses for short term absences related to illness, family matters, and other emergencies.
Curriculum Development (20%):
Work with FYW Director on curricular and instructional issues and activities related to FYW; oversee the development, review, revision, and updating of FYW course descriptions for publishing.
Develop policies, guidelines and procedures in conjunction with CLA regarding curricular and pedagogical issues.
Respond to questions or concerns regarding registration, placement, exemption, transfer, courses, grad complaints, or instruction from students, faculty, instructors, prospective students, parents, and other colleges and campuses. Review and act on students’ petitions with input from First-Year Writing team; communicate decisions to student and Admissions. Communicate course and program information to advisors as needed.
Teaching (40%): The Associate Director has a three course per year load with the primary expectation of teaching within the range of composition courses. There may be opportunities to work with graduate students. Carry out in-class or online teaching of students. Hold office hours as specified by the department. Develop lessons, assignments and learning activities for courses taught. Provide syllabi for courses taught to students on or before the first day of class (and within two weeks to the department). Grade on homework, maintain grade books, and complete other paper-or computer-work and record keeping associated with instruction. Submit end of term online grades by the official university deadline. Handle student inquiries as appropriate to the appointment. Administer student ratings of teaching for each class section taught each semester.
Master’s degree in writing studies, rhetoric, composition or related field and four (4) years relevant experience, or a BA/BS with at least six (6) years of relevant post degree experience
Teaching and professional development experience in adult/higher education setting
Excellent oral and written communication skills including experience working with teachers on problem solving and classroom management
Experience working with students in post-secondary education settings
Experience and effectiveness working with diverse student populations
Experience in course development and assessment of student learning
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and campus personnel
PhD or MFA in writing studies, rhetoric and composition, or related field
Substantial teaching experience in writing, first-year writing, composition or related field and demonstrated excellence in teaching
Leadership experience developing formative and summative assessment for undergraduate programs and with aligning assessment with learning outcomes and strategic priorities; experience using assessment to educate, inform, and support multiple stakeholders
Collaborative experience working across departments and units/entities: desire and/or willingness to collaborate so as to enhance opportunities for doctoral students to develop leadership, administrative, and research experience in the context of first year writing
Experience in managing instructional budgets, scheduling courses, and assigning instructors
Human resources experience in screening, evaluating and hiring instructional staff
Experience using system-wide academic web-based databases, i.e., PeopleSoft
Relevant scholarly contributions and/or record of ongoing professional development
Internal Number: 331229
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