Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Excellence (50%) and Associate Lecturer in English (50%)

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States

Job description

A full-time, instructional academic staff position is available to serve 50% in the English Department and 50% as Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Excellence. The official start date for the position is August 27, 2018.

This is a one-year renewable appointment (pending performance review by supervisor) with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Minimum Requirements:

  • A master’s degree is required from a regionally accredited institution, with a preference for coursework in rhetoric and composition.
  • The following will be considered additional required assets:
    • minimum two years of experience in writing centers with administrative experience preferred;
    • minimum one year administrative or supervisory experience in academic or business settings;
    • minimum one year experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching first-year college level writing (experience with basic writers and/or English language learners preferred);
    • strong interpersonal skills to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, and units on campus;
    • excellent verbal and written communication abilities;
    • demonstrated organizational skills.

Other strong assets include: Experience with WAC, WID, or related campus-wide writing initiatives; scholarly interest in undergraduate research, digital media, or basic writing; demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


This nine-month position supports the Director of the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) and the broader initiative of promoting and supporting writing across the curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The responsibilities include collaborating with the director on the following: hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring undergraduate students working as Writing Assistants, Writing Fellows, and researchers; appointing, training, and mentoring Graduate Assistants; working closely with faculty as they develop curricula, materials, and pedagogy pertaining to writing; developing a variety of services and programs to support faculty efforts; maintaining the tutoring program and developing other forms of writing assistance for students; creating assessment tools for Writing Assistants and faculty; maintaining and expanding satellite centers and the Writing Fellows program; developing instructional materials for use in the CWE and in the classroom; and maintaining and expanding the CWE’s online presence and services. The assistant director will also teach composition courses in the Blugold Seminar under the supervision of the Director of Composition and Chair of the English Department. Execution of these responsibilities requires extensive communication and coordination skills, independent judgment and decision-making skills, and thorough knowledge of University policies and procedures. The position reports 50% to the Director of the Center for Writing Excellence and 50% to the Chair of the English Department. The position’s work is performed under limited supervision.

  • Assistant Director in the Center of Writing Excellence (50%)
  1. Provide support to Director in his/her role as the University’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) consultant, chair or member of University and/or UW System committees, and member of national organizations on writing, writing centers and WAC.
  2. Assist Director with oversight of daily operations of the CWE.
  3. Develop training materials for Writing Assistants.
  4. Administer and expand the Writing Fellows program.
  5. Develop instructional materials and media for use in the CWE and by faculty and Writing Fellows.
  6. Develop and run ongoing assessment initiatives.
  7. Assist the Director of Composition and the Director of the CWE in providing support for the first-year writing program.
  8. Work closely with faculty to identify partnership opportunities and ongoing writing projects that could benefit from CWE support.
  9. Direct the expansion and enhancement of online tutoring support.
  10. Take primary responsibility for satellite centers.
  11. Mentor Graduate Assistants and assist in their professional development.
  12. Collaborate with the Director on expanding Writing Assistants’ representation at regional and national scholarly events.
  • Composition Instructor (50%)
  1. Teach up to 7.5 credits of first-year writing per semester.
  2. Support the teaching of ENGL 397.
  3. Teach other writing and/or literature classes as needed.

THE UNIT: The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) provides a comfortable atmosphere for one-to-one and group tutoring contexts with qualified writing assistants. Additionally, the CWE works to foster a culture of writing and critical inquiry that transcends academic disciplines and promotes an inclusive atmosphere of collaboration among students, faculty, and the community.

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food

How to apply

Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the “Click here to Register” link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your “User Name” and “Password” and select “Login.” Click the link to the English: Assistant Director of the Center for Writing Excellence (50%) and Associate Lecturer (50%) position (Job ID # 13577) and then click the “Apply Now” button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please direct requests for additional information to:

Jonathan Rylander, Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, at

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by November 1st, 2017. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. A criminal background check is required prior to employment.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As one of the Midwest’s top public universities, UW-Eau Claire provides students with small classes led by talented professors, cutting-edge programs, endless opportunities to get involved and experience more of the world, and the support they need to meet their goals for success.