Professor & Director of Howe Writing Center for Excellence - Miami University in Oxford Ohio

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Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

United States

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Job ID:  1865

College of Arts & Science and Office of the Provost:  The Howe Professor of English and Director of the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE).

Appointment: 50% faculty and 50% director, reporting to both the Provost and the Chair of the Department of English.

The Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence was endowed in 2007 with a generous gift from the Howe family. Since then, the Center has gained a national reputation for excellence in innovative support for student writing, the teaching of writing, and the promotion of a culture of writing at Miami University.  Background information about the Center can be accessed at:

The Director’s tenure home will be in the Department of English.  Located on three campuses, the Department of English prepares students to read and write critically, imaginatively, and effectively.  The largest academic unit at Miami, the English Department offers undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Professional Writing; BA/MA degrees in Literature and Creative Writing; MAs in Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature; a low residency MFA in Creative Writing; PhDs in Literature and Rhetoric and Composition; and an MAT through the Ohio Writing Project. The successful candidate will join our award-winning faculty and students, contributing to the teaching and research mission at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  

Special Instructions:  Letter of application should include a statement of vision for the Howe Center for Writing Excellence and a description of qualifications and relevant experience.  Candidates should notify their referees that Miami may contact them to solicit letters of recommendation. Nominations or inquiries should be directed to Dr. Timothy Melley, chair of the search committee, at


The Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence assumes the following responsibilities:

  • Serves as an advocate for the importance of student writing—both academic and nonacademic—throughout the university;
  • Oversees all aspects of the Howe Writing Center, including existing programs and resources, the creation of new programs as needed, and the daily operations of the Center;
  • Organizes faculty development activities to support and encourage faculty to incorporate meaningful writing activities, assignments, and instruction into the all levels of the curriculum, including Miami’s general education program (the Global Miami Plan);
  • Coordinates the work of four full-time staff (Associate Director, Director of Special Projects, Manager of the Writing Center, and Administrative Assistant) and three graduate student Assistant Directors;
  • Works with an internal Advisory Committee and a National Advisory Board when setting priorities and developing long range plans to advance the mission of the Center;
  • Engages in external funding efforts, develops and enhances partnerships with academic divisions, student organizations, and administrative offices, and oversees assessment and continuous improvement of the HCWE’s major programs and initiatives. 

The successful candidate will further Miami’s international reputation for the high quality of its graduates’ writing, the effectiveness of its writing instruction, and the strength of its contributions to writing scholarship and pedagogy in higher education.  She or he will also enhance the research and teaching profile of a thriving Department of English.

The position will be available July 1, 2016.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have a teaching and scholarly record commensurate with an appointment as full professor of English; doctorate in English, rhetoric and writing, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong candidates will have expertise in rhetorical history and theory, writing studies, writing centers, writing in the disciplines, and/or writing-across-the-curriculum programs; administrative experience.  

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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