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Assistant Director 3 (Writing Center)

Categories: South Central Region 7


Writing Center


Southern Methodist University

Date Posted:

Mar 21 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

Open till Filled

Position Description

This Assistant Director directs the Writing Center for all SMU undergraduates. He/She provides writing assistance to students who schedule appointments or drop-in during lab times. This is a partial year, 11 month position. Teaching 1-2 sections of DISC each semester is required to stay current on writing expectations for our first year students. The position trains undergraduate and graduate student writing tutors who work in the A-LEC.


Oversee Writing Center services - provide one-to-one consultations a minimum of 10 hrs. per week in drop-in, lab or appointment format. Select, hire, train and supervise of staff, including faculty, adjuncts, graduate assistants, and undergrad tutors. Set-up and maintain the Canvas online appointment scheduler. Recruit and retain experienced faculty, including ESL support. Develop and promote the Writing Center services to faculty and students. Design and promote workshops for faculty teaching writing intensive classes. Develop on-line materials appropriate for the Writing Center website. Develop a for-credit course to provide more extensive training for students who seek to become writing tutors, equipping them to provide drop-in lab help for undergraduates. Actively participate in activities to offer the most up-to-date writing assistance to SMU undergraduates. Join and follow professional writing center associations (local/regional/national). Participate in university initiatives which involve writing (task forces, committees, etc.). Attend DISC meetings and training sessions. Regularly solicit feedback from faculty. Teach 1-2 sections of DISC each semester in order to be a part of the ENGL/DISC faculty and understand the assignments for these new first year students. Work closely with the English and DISC depts. to identify 3-5 faculty each year to work in the center. Maintain the Writing Center webpages with annual updates. Also, be an active member of the Student Academic Success Program area during times of AARO, Admission events, and other universitysupported activities. Develop in-class writing workshops to assist faculty in writing intensive courses with writing instruction.

Application Process

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Institution Information

A nationally ranked comprehensive research university with seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas. SMU's nearly 12,000 students benefit from small classes, research opportunities, leadership development, international study and innovative programs. The University is strengthened by its partnership with the Dallas region, a global center of commerce and culture. SMU students, faculty and alumni are changing the world through their chosen fields, civic engagement and service to society.

Additional Information

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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Required Qualifications

Master’s degree is required. A minimum of three years of work experience teaching writing and/or English courses is required, preferably in a college setting. Experience teaching in a college setting and experience working with faculty is also required. Work experience may include graduate assistant positions. Experience working in a writing center is preferred. Experience as a writing tutor is desirable.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidate must be knowledgeable in the principles of college-level writing instruction as well as the academic integrity demands of a university. Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communications with the ability to quickly build rapport with students, colleagues and with other offices at the university. Must also possess the ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships with a wide range of constituencies. The ability to communicate effectively in writing is essential. Candidate must demonstrate strong presentation skills with the ability to present clear and accurate information to small and large groups. Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify, analyze problems and devise solutions. Must also have strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks. Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with and/or knowledge of scheduling technology, ESL instruction, Canvas or other education software is preferred.