Associate Director: Developing Teaching Excellence & Curriculum Development (10-month contract):
The Associate Director of Composition joins a team working to provide leadership, support, and supervision to promote inclusive excellence in a first-year writing program. Primary administrative responsibilities include Developing Teaching Excellence; Developing curriculum and initiatives with leadership team; ongoing professional engagement/research; and teaching. This is a 10-month contract that includes 2 courses/year and administration, supervision, and leadership. The Associate Director of Composition will work in close collaboration with the Director of Composition and the primary responsibilities will include the following balance of administration, teaching, and research.
Curriculum Initiatives and Development for First-Year Writing: (20%). Support curriculum revision/refinement and ensure instructional training that reflects assessment data and current department/program priorities and learning outcomes. At present, particular areas of priority/focus for the program include:
Leadership and Coordination. Build strong partnerships with units that have expertise and/or a stake in FYW priorities and outcomes. Includes CEI, OED, MELP, TRIO, WEC and WC, Advanced Writing Studies. Coordinate writing courses and instruction with stakeholders and academic support services (e.g., TRIO, MLK, MELP).
Community Engagement. Work with faculty director to design and maintain calendar events that support our shared project of fy students’ writing development. These events should engage instructors/faculty, university partners, and our undergraduate students. Explore options for a common read event, a conference or reading featuring undergraduates. Partner with Advanced Writing Associate Director to offer professional development sessions for GTAs to support their readiness to represent their teaching in their job search.
Digital Literacy. Work with First-Year Writing team to integrate digital literacy into course curriculum through suggested writing activities, use of Learning Management Systems (LMS), and incorporation of digital writing technologies.
Ongoing Professional Engagement/Research (10%): Current best practices and knowledge in the field of FYW are evolving, particularly in relation to multimodal realities of professional/lifelong writing, online/digital elements, and diversity/intercultural factors. The Associate Director is expected to maintain an active and focused professional development agenda on behalf of their own knowledge/leadership and on behalf of keeping the program relevant and based on current best practices.
Program Administration (5%):
Staff unassigned courses. Screen applicants, conduct interviews and contribute to hiring decisions with Faculty Director and Associate Director of Curriculum/Assessment
Assist with annual performance reviews for FYW instructors. The associate director will help establish feedback processes and policies that support both formative and summative assessment for teaching staff. Review Student Ratings of Teaching; ensure annual observations of teaching to generate formative assessment whether conducted by FYW leadership, peers, or CEI..
Develop Teaching Excellence (40%)by offering programming to support and engage diverse community of FYW teaching professionals
Staffing, Training, Support, Supervision for GTAs The Associate Director develops and facilitates professional development for new and returning GTAs that aligns with best practices for supporting writing as a high impact teaching practice. It includes working with graduate assistant directors to plan and direct the weeklong training program for incoming GTAs.
Staffing, Support, Ongoing Training and Development for Instructors The Associate Director is tasked with promoting an energized and engaged community of teaching professionals with the agility to respond effectively to new or evolving factors or priorities with pedagogical effectiveness. It also includes organizing course visit teams and ensuring that instructors are provided resources and training to support current best practices and program goals.
Establish clear and consistent program philosophy, outcomes, and objectives supported by accessible resources, trainings, and materials to promote teaching excellence and student-centered approaches. This entails programming throughout the year to promote professional development and engagement among longer-term teaching staff and supporting the peer mentors. Provide feedback to faculty director and assist with annual performance reviews for all FYW professional instructors. Offer and arrange formative classroom visits of instructors. Provide feedback to instructors on observations. Review Student Ratings of Teaching
Develop Teacher Resources: Create and write pages, update and maintain the teaching resources Website; revise the FYW Guide for New GIs. Write, revise, and update materials on FYW’s website: http://fyw.umn.edu; Revise and update course outcomes, guidelines, and sample syllabi and assignments for instructors.
Teaching (25%): The Associate Director has a two-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 interpersonal and communication skills including experience working with teachers on problem solving and classroom management
Experience and demonstrated effectiveness working with diverse populations
Experience developing and offering professional development for instructional staff
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and campus personnel across units
Experience integrating academic technology in ways that support learning goals and pedagogy
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 programmatic and instructional materials for undergraduate curricula
Experience designing and implementing teacher development for diverse instructors from novice to long-term; supporting inclusive excellence in their own teaching and in program leadership
A desire to collaborate so as to enhance opportunities for doctoral students to develop leadership, administrative, and research experience in the context of first year writing is highly desirable
Experience using system-wide academic web-based databases, i.e., PeopleSoft
An interest in and record of keeping abreast of national trends related to first year writing, program administration, faculty development
Internal Number: 331230
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