Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Position ID:MIT-CMSW-WCCDIRECTOR1 [#12616]
Position Title: Director for the Writing and Communication Center
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map]
Subject Area: Writing Studies / Rhetoric and Composition
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/11/01, finished 2019/03/06)
Position Description:    

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

WCC Director –Job Announcement October 31, 2018

MIT seeks a Director for the Writing and Communication Center (WCC) beginning Fall 2019. MIT’s WCC focuses on advanced professional communication skills with a particular emphasis on STEM fields. MIT values the development of communication skills of its students and the Director of WCC is expected to provide leadership, strategic vision, and innovation designed to advance practices that aid in that pursuit.

This is a full-time (12-month) renewable non-tenure track position. The initial appointment to this position would be for five years.

The WCC is open to faculty, postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and staff, and provides clients with professional one-on-one instruction in all stages of the communication (oral, written, digital) process from drafting to revision.

The Director of the Center is responsible for overseeing its daily operation, providing training and supervision for the professional tutors (lecturers) that staff the Center, collating program evaluation and usage data, administering WCC policies and practices, overseeing the WCC website, and producing annual reports. The Director is also expected to teach the equivalent of two classes per year, tutor students across the disciplines, present workshops to relevant groups, promote the WCC within MIT, and coordinate efforts with the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program.

The Director is expected to stay current on issues of writing center theory and pedagogy, and may also develop plans for future directions of the WCC.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s Degree and at least three years experience in relevant field, such as composition, rhetoric, communication, or writing.

-Experience directing or assisting the direction of a writing/communication center.

-Experience in teaching writing or tutoring in STEM areas.

-Experience teaching or tutoring non-native speakers of English.

Preferred Qualifications:

-PhD in relevant field, such as composition, rhetoric, communication, or writing.

-Experience conducting research in Writing Center practices, WID, WAC, or writing in STEM disciplines.

-Demonstrated skills and experience in developing instructional materials, conducting assessment, and supervising tutors in a writing/communication center context.

Application Procedure Applications should consist of a cover letter explaining why the position at MIT is of interest; a full curriculum vitae; statements on research interests (where applicable), writing center philosophy, teaching experience and philosophy, including fit with the MIT mission and curriculum; three reference letters; and sample materials such as published research, class assignments, writing center resources.

Applications should be submitted online. Review of applications will begin on 15 December 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For general inquiries, please email:

For more information about MIT, please visit

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Comparative Media Studies/Writing
MIT, 14E-303
Cambridge, MA 02139

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