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SUMMARY AND SCOPE OF POSITION
These positions provide support for students writing and for faculty teaching writing in the social sciences and other interdisciplinary programs. More broadly, Writing Specialists are engaged in creating and implementing writing and communication programs that fully honor the mission of Bates College, especially with regard to engaging “the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action.” Support for students includes one-on-one and group tutoring in writing, especially of senior thesis writers, along with some mentoring of peer tutors. Writing Specialists are consultants for faculty teaching writing concerning issues of course and assignment design. They also lead faculty and student workshops. Faculty may also seek support from writing specialists on their own scholarly writing. These positions also offer support for students’ work with oral communication. The people in these positions are proactive about outreach to students and faculty about writing across the Bates curriculum and work enthusiastically as a team with the Director and the other Writing Specialists.
This position is approximately 25 hours per week during the academic year only.
INSTITUTIONAL VALUES OF BATES
Since its founding in 1855 by Maine abolitionists, Bates College has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. A private, highly selective, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the liberal arts, Bates has always stood firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom. Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition, and is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color. We seek to engage a director and colleague who embraces this mission and who enthusiastically translates this in the support for writing and for academic resources for the flourishing and full participation of all.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Support and conference with students
Hold one-on-one writing conferences with students on an appointment basis
Create and lead regularly offered series of coordinated workshops
Offer in-course modules integrated into W1, W2, and courses
Develop and implement strategies to address writing and communication needs of diverse groups of students, including first generation and under-represented groups, and recognize and meet the needs of students who have different ways of learning
Facilitate topic- and discipline-specific writing groups, in particular for senior thesis writers
2. Support faculty development of writing pedagogy and scholarly writing
Consult as needed with individual faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and other interdisciplinary programs about writing pedagogy
Facilitate small-group interaction and workshops about writing, about writing in the context of inclusive pedagogies, and professional writing
Consult as available with faculty on faculty’s scholarly writing
3. Mentor student workers
Serve as mentors to peer writing assistants attached to W1 and W2 courses in the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary programs
Mentor and delegate projects to students providing clerical support to Writing at Bates
Collaborate with Director of Writing and the Academic Resource Commons, other Writing Specialists, and others to serve the Writing Program
Through engagement with the Academic Resource Commons, partner with other individuals and units (for example, Library and Information Services and the Office of Intercultural Education) towards engaging Writing at Bates in the larger picture of student academic success.
Ensure the efficient and reliable daily operations of Writing at Bates
Coordinate outreach to the college
With the support of the Director and the college, maintain ongoing professional development of relevant skills and best practices
Excellent communication skills (writing, speaking, and interpersonal)
Ability to manage details for workshops and other programming
Good knowledge of computer programs used for a range of projects (Office suite, course management system, Google Docs, web design)
Required: Masters degree in a social sciences discipline with substantial academic/profession experience in composition studies, writing centers, and/or writing across the curriculum, OR Masters degree in rhetoric/composition, English, or related field with substantial academic background (e.g., Bachelors degree, graduate minor) in the social sciences; knowledge of current composition theory and best practices; experience in meeting the writing and communication needs of diverse groups of students; college teaching or academic support experience; experience with oral communication pedagogies; fluency in the conventions of writing and research for the social sciences. Experience with writing styles that incorporate quantitative and more visual representations of knowledge and information is essential.
Preferred: PhD in a social sciences discipline with substantial academic/profession experience in composition studies, writing centers, and/or writing across the curriculum, OR Ph.D in rhetoric/composition, English, or related field with substantial academic background (e.g., Masters degree, publication record) in the social sciences.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references.
This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening.
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