Adjunct Faculty: Writing Development Specialist - Saint Mary's College-California in Moraga California

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Saint Mary's College-California

Moraga, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Reporting to the director of the Center for Writing across the Curriculum (CWAC) the Writing Development Specialist will work under the supervision of the CWAC director, in coordination with the directors of Composition and Seminar. This position involves a combination of instruction and faculty-development activities aimed at aligning pedagogy across the college’s new Core Curriculum. The Writing Development Specialist will help faculty teach writing in ways that help students transfer their learning among courses in English Composition, writing in the disciplines (WID), and the Collegiate Seminars, which is a great-books-style program that stretches across all four years.

This is a new adjunct faculty position for Composition, Seminar, and the Center for Writing across the Curriculum (CWAC).


Faculty Development for Collegiate Seminar
  • Provide expertise and guidance for teaching Seminar writing through workshops, faculty mentoring, and online resources
  • Serve as the writing specialist on the Model Implementation Committee, which is developing the new Seminar curriculum
  • Ensure consistency in evaluating student writing in Seminar, e.g., by developmental grade norming 
  • Provide expertise regarding formal and informal writing policies, including standards and rubrics. 
Alignment between English 4 (Composition I) and Seminar and between English 5 and WID courses
  • Provide support to the Composition Director and Coordinator and the Seminar Director for activities related to alignment between English 4 and Seminar
  • Support the Composition Director and Coordinator in providing English 4 instructors faculty development to assure alignment with Seminar expectations
  • Support the Composition Director and Coordinator in providing English 5 (Composition II) faculty development that ensures alignment with the new Core WID expectations which students encounter in their majors
  • Collect, evaluate, and maintain files of English 4 and English 5 syllabi and essay assignments in order to assure consistency and
    quality within the Composition Program, especially in relation to the
    Core Learning Goals and Outcomes and elements of alignment with
    Collegiate Seminar and WID Courses, bringing issues of concern to the
    attention of the Composition Director and Coordinator
  • Assist the CWAC Director in providing WID faculty development to ensure the transfer of English 5 research-writing skills into upper-division, disciplinary writing.
Alignment of Liberal Education for Arts Professionals, the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Integral Program with the new Core Curriculum
  • Provide support to the Composition Director and Coordinator, the CWAC Director, and the Core Curriculum Habits of Mind Committee as they work to ensure consistency in critical-thinking and writing outcomes in LEAP, BALOS, and Integral Help the CWAC Director provide faculty development and guidance to LEAP, BALOS, and Integral instructors regarding writing policies—standards, rubrics, and norming activities—ensuring consistency of writing objectives across the college 

Instruction: 3-4 courses annually 

  • CWAC: 2-3 courses annually, as partial-credit Writing Circles aimed at helping students improve their writing and their ability to analyze and discuss writing. The Writing Specialist mentors graduate-student Writing Advisers, who facilitate the Writing Circles. Each session includes a brief pedagogy module on a writing strategy, followed by a workshop of the students’ current writing.
  • Composition and/or Seminar: 1-2 courses annually.

Experience and Qualifications:

Required qualifications: Master’s in rhetoric and composition or related field; record of success with faculty development; record of success within a collaborative environment; excellence in teaching writing and an understanding of liberal-arts pedagogy

Preferred qualifications: PhD in rhetoric and composition or related field; expertise in writing across the curriculum; experience teaching dialogic, discussion-based courses; experience teaching within a liberal-arts context. Experience teaching at Saint Mary’s College, particularly for Composition and Seminar helpful.

Background on the Core Curriculum

Collegiate Seminar has adopted new developmental learning objectives across its four-course sequence. A major new assessment and alignment project involves Seminar, Composition, CWAC, the Office of Educational Effectiveness, and the Core Curriculum Committee; this is shaping a new relationship between English 4 and Collegiate Seminar. The goals are to align instruction, student learning expectations, and assessment of student learning related to the new, shared learning outcomes. Faculty development will help ensure the success of the alignment of these programs, both initially and for the future.

Similar faculty development activities are needed to align English 5—argument and research writing—and the new WID requirements. Particular programs, such as the Liberal Education for Arts Professionals, the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Integral Program, need individualized help aligning their programs with the Core goals.

Salary Information

Depends on Qualifications


Application Instructions All applications must submit their applications on-line at Inquiries to Tereza Kramer, PhD, Director, Center for Writing Across the Curriculum at Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College. 2) Please submit a CV and a summary of teaching philosophy.Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

Keyword Phrases

  • Adjunct Faculty: Writing Development Specialist
  • Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college
  • De La Salle Christian Brothers
  • committed to the educational benefits of diversity
  • English / Literature
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Visiting / Adjunct
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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