AUNE Writing Center Director
Location: Remote/Keene, NH
Antioch University New England
The Antioch University New England (AUNE) writing center is part of the University-wide consortium of writing centers and provides workshops, peer editing, and individualized tutoring services at the Keene, NH campus. The Writing Center Director is responsible for the daily operations of the writing center and instruction of Graduate Assistants in the theories and practices of writing centers and peer editing. In this role, the director oversees the onsite services and resources; provides ongoing training to the graduate student peer consultants in individualized conferences and staff meetings; and collaborates with the academic departments to coordinate relevant services. The Writing Center Director also teams with AUNE’s Library faculty and the Director of Disability Services to create, develop, and implement academic support services initiatives. This is half-time, 12-month faculty position, reporting to the Director of Writing Support &/or the Vice-Chancellor in Academic Affairs.
Antioch University, founded in 1852, is known for innovations in education such as a commitment to transformative learning and applied knowledge, multiculturalism, and socially engaged citizenship. Located in the Keene, NH, the AUNE Campus is home to well-regarded programs in Education, Environmental Studies, Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The campus community is small, but deeply engaged with the surrounding Keene community.
The Writing Center is a dedicated, learner-centered, interdisciplinary, collaborative space available to all Antioch students. The AUNE Writing Center offers one-on-one consultations for students, workshops for small groups, and support for faculty. We nurture a positive environment of learning, practice, and reflection, and we emphasize the writer’s continuous ownership of their work and their learning. Our Peer Writing Consultants, excellent writers themselves, are graduate students at AUNE masters and doctoral programs.
Essential Job Functions
Supervise a staff of 4-8 Peer Writing Consultants
- Interview and hire prospective consultants
- Train new hires and provide ongoing training of current consultants
- Occasionally observe sessions and provide feedback to consultants
- Approve staff hours biweekly
- Oversee scheduling of online appointments and staff shifts, including contacting clients for appointment changes when necessary
- Hold monthly all-staff meetings with staff to include readings on writing center theory and practice, skill-building, observations, and general discussion
- Assign downtime projects and coordinate peer-run Writing Groups
Provide academic support to AUNE students and faculty in various programs
- Liaise with faculty (individually and by attending occasional program meetings) regarding student writing in their classes
- Be available for classroom visits and presentations
- Attend online video conferences monthly with University Resource Group
- Provide one-on-one meetings with faculty to advise on integrating writing instruction/practice into their classes
- Work closely with individual faculty to support students with particular need
- Offer regular online workshops for students around key writing topics
- Collaborate with departments and faculty to plan and deliver workshops tailored to their student needs
Administer the Writing Center’s general operations
- Maintain contact with Work Study and HR for peer consultants
- Ensure visibility of the Writing Center through website and campus promotion
- Oversee writing center’s website, social media, and campus email campaigns
- Maintain personal knowledge of, and fluency with, the University’s online tools, such as libguides, wordpress, Zoom, Sakai, WCOnline, and AUView.
- Monitor and respond to staff emails about scheduling shifts, duties, writing questions, etc.
- Be available for new student orientations and info-sessions, typically near the start of each semester
- Participate in the Writing Center URG and other University committees regarding writing, academic support, and instruction
- Maintain an on-campus presence of at least two days per week on average
- PhD in English, Rhetoric/Composition, Education, or related writing-intensive fields; OR an MA/MFA in any of these subjects, with extensive teaching and/or writing center experience.
- Demonstrated excellence in the teaching of college-level writing.
- Experience in writing centers and understanding of current theories and best practices in composition pedagogy and writing center programs.
- Previous tutoring, coaching, or mentoring experience, especially with diverse populations.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including genuine commitment to the interests and goals of fellow learners.
- Ability to work with others to help them identify their strengths and difficulties as writers and researchers, prioritize their concerns, and successfully navigate complex strategies for working through those concerns.
- Demonstrated growth and/or academic success in chosen field of study.
- Familiarity with useful research and writing skills and the academic strategies associated with different fields.
Hours of Employment
This is a part-time position serving a national university. On-site presence is required at minimum 2 days weekly.
While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit, stand, use hands and fingers, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Requires daily use of computer and other standard office equipment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job description at any time.
To apply, click here. Include a CV, cover letter, teaching statement and diversity statement in the application.
Antioch University provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected classification.