Duke Kunshan University

Position ID:DukeKunshanUniv-ASSOCDIRUGWR [#24148]
Position Title: Associate Director of Undergraduate Writing
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Kunshan, Suzhou 215316, China [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Writing Studies
Appl Deadline:2023/03/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/01/12, finished 2023/09/16, listed until 2023/04/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for an Associate Director of Undergraduate Writing. This 12-month tenured faculty position entails administrative work and a teaching load equivalent to two courses. (The teaching load for a standard faculty contract is four courses, plus supervision of undergraduate research.) The Associate Director for Undergraduate Writing will collaborate with staff in Curricular Affairs and the two key partners in the development of undergraduate writing teaching and learning across DKU’s interdisciplinary curriculum: the Center for Teaching and Learning facilitates the development of innovative pedagogy across the undergraduate curriculum, while the Language and Culture Center offers courses and programming that support English writing, second-language acquisition, and the study of the cultural dimensions of language. The Associate Director reports to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and will chair a university-wide committee of stakeholders that will serve as consultative body. The successful candidate must be able to obtain tenure at DKU. 

DKU is a collaborative partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University, and the Municipality of Kunshan, China (https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/). Our campus provides an innovative and robustly interdisciplinary undergraduate liberal arts experience to a student body that will number 2000 students and 200+ faculty, with an acceptance rate of <8% and a student body represented by over 70 countries. We also offer a discrete number of Master’s level graduate programs. The DKU pedagogical model draws on the best of Duke’s educational experience and resources to reimagine undergraduate instruction on an intimate campus setting. Similar to the best liberal arts colleges in the United States, DKU values dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts and science environment, as well as a strong commitment to successful scholarly engagement and research. This includes research with undergraduate students. As a whole, the Duke Kunshan faculty have strong commitments to teaching and research, and outstanding quality in both areas is highly valued. 

In order to meet Chinese visa requirements, prior to the position start date international (non-Chinese) candidates must have worked full-time (work experience obtained while studying full-time is not considered as full-time work experience) for at least two years in a relevant area (including post-doctoral work) after receiving their Bachelor’s degree, or begin their appointment at DKU within 12 months of obtaining their master’s degree/Ph.D. and without having work experience between graduation date on master’s degree diploma/Ph.D. diploma and position start date. 

DKU is linguistically and culturally diverse. Approximately two-thirds of our students are Chinese; the rest hail from approximately 70 different countries. These students come from diverse writing traditions and cultures of learning and, consequently, have had different levels of exposure to the types of academic English reading, writing, and inquiry they need to do at DKU. While the majority of students have significant skills in multiple languages, for approximately 85% of our students, English is not a first language, and most have had relatively limited instruction in writing before arrival at DKU. With lucid communication as one of its animating principles, the undergraduate curriculum at DKU currently includes of a mix of explicit writing requirements for first-year students, common core and divisional foundation courses with embedded writing requirements, writing electives, and capstone courses culminating in a Signature Work paper. As DKU continues to develop undergraduate writing, it seeks an academic leader with expertise in Writing across the Curriculum/Writing Within the Disciplines and success working with L2 English writers to work with faculty and other leaders on establishing and assessing undergraduate writing outcomes, ensuring verticality in the writing curriculum, and providing ongoing professional development to faculty. 

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• Oversee establishment of writing outcomes for the undergraduate program in coordination with curricular and teaching and learning innovation staff at DKU and Duke University 
• Work with academic divisions to evaluate and ensure sufficient writing instruction in DKU majors • Oversee and review syllabi for required UG writing courses (excluding EAP courses) 
• Facilitate communication and collaboration among various constituencies involved in writing instruction and support 
• Chair a DKU Writing Advisory Group composed of stakeholders 
• Assess faculty needs and develop and deliver ongoing professional development for teaching and assessing writing 
• Work with assessment officers on writing program evaluation
• Teach the equivalent of two courses per year 
• Manage a modest budget that supports campus events and faculty development 

Required Qualifications 
• PhD or terminal degree in Writing Studies, English, Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Writing, or a related field 
• Writing program administration experience in higher education, with significant knowledge in writing in the disciplines (WID) and writing across the curriculum (WAC)  
• At least 5 academic years college-level instruction experience 
• Success working with linguistically and culturally diverse students and faculty 
• Demonstrated ability to work with faculty in diverse disciplines 
• Solid record of scholarship in writing studies, English, Writing Program Administration, Second Language Writing or related areas 
• Outstanding interpersonal, intercultural, and communication skills 

Preferred Qualifications 
• International work experience, particularly in China or elsewhere in East Asia 
• Experience working in a liberal arts setting, including experience that encompasses the development of science writing 
• Strong understanding or active research agenda in second language writing (SLW) 
• Current rank of Associate Professor or above

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Duke Kunshan University | 昆山杜克大学
中国江苏省昆山市杜克大道8号 邮编:215316
No. 8 Duke Avenue, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China 215316