University Writing Program, Department of English, Brandeis University

Position ID:Brandeis-UWP-DIR_FYW [#8671]
Position Title: Director of First-Year Writing
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Composition
Appl Deadline:2017/01/15 finished (posted 2016/12/05, finished 2017/06/07, listed until 2017/06/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Brandeis University seeks a Director of First-Year Writing, beginning Fall 2017, to oversee the continued development and administration of a first-year writing program that serves 900 students each year. The director will teach one University Writing Seminar each semester, hire and supervise graduate student instructors and full-time lecturers who teach in the first-year writing program, and lead the continuing improvement and collaborative advancement of the program’s vision for the future.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: interview, hire, train, and supervise instructors; supervise a graduate student Assistant to the Writing Director; meet regularly with instructors; and develop assessment tools for tracking the program’s use and efficacy. The Director of First-Year Writing reports to the Director of University Writing.

Brandeis is a Research I institution with a strong liberal arts program and an emphasis on teaching excellence. A diverse institution with a strong commitment to social justice, Brandeis encourages both innovation in writing and clear, solidly argued expressions of thought.

Qualifications: PhD required, preferably with Rhetoric/Composition or comparable experience. Experience directing a writing program preferred. We also seek: demonstrated excellence in designing and teaching writing courses; ability to work effectively and professionally with faculty, staff, and students; professional activities relevant to writing; and excellent organizational skills and ability to plan and prioritize tasks/projects. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is full-time, benefits-eligible, and outside the tenure structure. The initial appointment could be up to three years, with the potential for renewal.

Submit a letter of application that addresses relevant experience, including contributions to diversity, current CV, an article-length writing sample, names and addresses of at least three references, and a brief statement of your approach to directing a writing program, to AcademicJobsOnline at

First consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2017.

As an equal opportunity employer, Brandeis University seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community.

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Further Info:
UWP Search Committee (Director of First-Year Writing)
Department of English - MS 023
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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