Director (TT), Writing Resource Center, UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte invites applications for Director of the Writing Resources Center (WRC) in the University Writing Programs (UWP), a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of English. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in rhetoric and composition, or a related field, and a record of research publication. Experience in writing center tutoring, teaching, and administration required, with the ability to work effectively and professionally with faculty, staff, and students. The Director will work with graduate and undergraduate tutors, teach tutor theory and pedagogy, and have the opportunity to teach first year writing, composition theory, and to develop new courses. We seek candidates whose expertise might include visual rhetoric, new or digital media, genre studies/CHAT theory, World Englishes, ELL, and/or e-portfolios. This is a 9-month faculty position with significant reassignment for administrative duties plus an additional 10th month for summer.

The Writing Resources Center, the First Year Writing program, and the Charlotte site of the National Writing Project are administratively consolidated as a freestanding unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The WRC’s charge is to serve as a resource for writers across the University. As two fundamental competencies identified at UNC Charlotte are critical thinking and written communication, a flourishing WRC is central to the university mission. Running the WRC with the support of an associate coordinator and fifteen to twenty tutors, the WRC Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Developing and sustaining the mission of the WRC by managing day-to-day services, including assessment;
  • Implementing best practices for face to face, group and online tutoring for print and multimodal/digital texts across the curriculum;
  • Recruiting, training, supervising, and providing continuous professional development for new and returning tutors and WRC staff
  • Working with the Director of University Writing Programs to coordinate and implement policies;
  • Collaborating with an active Communication Across the Curriculum Program, and with faculty across campus;
  • Promoting the Center within the university and, as outreach grows, in the community.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive university, located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte offers over 26,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as eight research centers and institutes and 13 interdisciplinary programs. University Writing Programs is uniquely positioned to collaborate innovatively with colleagues across the university to provide a basis for writing in and across disciplines. For additional information about the Writing Resources Center, visit http://wrc.uncc.edu/

Apply on-line at http://jobs.uncc.edu. Include a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, and three references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications March 10, 2014 and recruitment will continue until the position is filled. UNC Charlotte strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Applicants subject to criminal background check.  AA/EOE.

Make All Your Research Count on the Research Exchange

The Research Exchange Index (REx) speaks to and expands on Rich Haswell’s call for replicable, aggregable, data-driven research and to our field’s need for more readily available research models and mentors. In addition, REx is a site for both well known and otherwise unpublishedlocal studies conducted over the last ten years: all those studies of tutors and writers for your training; those reports on users and the progress they make that you haven’t published; that study someone else did that you replicated. We want these and published studies entered into our simple check-the-box/short answer form in order to help researchers, teachers, and other writing stakeholders address a wide range of concerns:

  • We have a standing need for access to research and researchers working on issues of shared concern.
  • Many important, even exemplary projects go unpublished, especially projects conducted for local audiences by writing centers, writing programs, or workplace and community groups; these valuable projects can and should be “counted” and aggregated with other studies.
  • Many useful studies by graduate and undergraduate students performed as part of internships, coursework, and thesis projects, are not collected as part of the data that informs our field.
  • Research in schools (K-12) as well as research in different communities and workplaces is often neglected across communities, difficult to find.
  • All research is “international”; we need to collect and connect our studies across borders.

In addressing these and other needs, REx is designed to be more comprehensive than a bibliography of previously published work. And data from studies that led to published work can be entered because REx only asks for quick summaries that will be searchable: you can even highlight your publication by providing a link to it.  REx will serve as a combination roster of active researchers and treasure trove of information about what researchers are studying and why.

We are now soliciting research reports during an initial 18 month collection period, from November 2011 through May 1, 2013. After the collection period closes, REx editors will review contributors’ materials, check facts, and copyedit the database contents to ensure its content searchability. Ultimately, the database along with scholarly essays about its contents will be submitted to an online publisher for review and open access publication. And the next collection period will begin again.

Visit REx now <http://researchexchange.colostate.edu/> and enter at least one past, current, or on-going project!