Department of English, Ohio State University

Position ID:OSU-Department of English-CSTW [#8104]
Position Title: Director of Center for Study of Teaching and Writing
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: English / Rhetoric and Composition
Starting Date:2017/08/16
Appl Deadline:2016/11/01 finished (posted 2016/09/26, finished 2017/03/11)
Position Description:    

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


The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English at The Ohio State University invite applications from colleagues at the rank of associate or full professor to serve as the Director of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW). Founded by Andrea Lunsford in 1999, the CSTW is an independent center within the College of Arts and Sciences that supports the study and teaching of writing across the University through its Writing Center, Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) program, and other initiatives. The CSTW is staffed by two full-time program coordinators, 41 undergraduate and graduate Writing Center consultants, three assistant Writing Center coordinators, and nine WAC associates. We seek a colleague with a national reputation in writing studies who will bring intellectual energy and leadership to this robust program of extensive accomplishment.

This position is a joint appointment with responsibilities in both the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy program within the Department of English and the CSTW. As a tenured member of the Department of English, the Director will teach courses, advise and mentor graduate students, and participate in faculty governance. Administrative responsibilities for the CSTW will include supporting and supervising the Director of the Writing Center and the Coordinator of the WAC program, managing the CSTW budget, representing the CSTW at College- and University-level meetings, developing new programs, and cultivating funding sources to extend the scope and mission of the Center.

The Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies program is composed of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty on four campuses. With 84 tenured and tenure-track faculty, the Ohio State Department of English is large and vigorous. In addition to digital media studies and rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies, faculty specialize in such areas as literature, disability studies, folklore, creative writing, race studies, film, narrative, and sexuality studies.


Ideal candidates will have a record of demonstrated leadership and successful administrative experience. We are especially interested in writing program administrators with records of innovation and success in grant writing. We envision the new Director as a campus leader in writing-studies research, programming, and administration who will contribute (depending upon his or her areas of scholarly interest) to research and teaching in research methods in writing studies, assessment, multilingual writing, L2 pedagogy, literacy studies, WAC, WID, and/or digital media studies. As an administrator, a scholar, and a teacher with these types of interests and areas of expertise, the Director will stand at a critical point of convergence for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research. The Director will expand the CSTW’s research profile and support curricular development in composition across the University.

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Digital Media Studies, Technical Communication, or a related field. Appointment is contingent on the University’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. Columbus is a thriving city with numerous opportunities for developing community and industry partnerships. Housing is affordable, and the city’s arts, libraries, zoo, and science center consistently win national recognition and awards. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

Application Instructions:

A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarship, and three letters of reference. Applications received prior to November 1, 2016 will receive priority consideration. Preliminary interviews will be conducted using video-conferencing technology. Inquiries may be directed to Jonathan Buehl at The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
614 Annie and John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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