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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume/CV.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  The letter should also address your experience teaching first-year writing on the undergraduate level and describe your approach to writing center administration.  The position will be appointed with LEO Adjunct status and the possibility for adjunct teaching for additional pay on an as-needed basis also exists.

Applications will only be accepted through and resume/cv/cover letter should be uploaded as one file. 




Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Writing Center seeks a Writing Center Coordinator. The Writing Center serves all students, faculty, and staff on campus, assisting them with their writing needs for academic and non-academic writing. The Center offers support in all stages of the writing and research process:

Understand assignment goals

Articulate and organize ideas 

Formulate an approach to an assignment

See the need for additional evidence

Develop cofidence for new writing tasks

Generate revision strategies

Be aware of audience, purpose, and context

Develop a focus/thesis

Identify and use appropriate resources

Improve control of grammar and mechanics

Become more skilled in using APA, MLA, Chicago and other documentation styles 






Supervise tutors, including periodic tutor observations and approving time sheets; advise and mentor tutors; address tutor concerns; identify/develop professional development for tutors

Address student concerns; develop and execute collaborations with departments and programs; address faculty concerns; coordinate classroom visits by tutors (and periodically the Coordinator) to promote the Center and services offered

Work with the Writing Program director and other Composition & Rhetoric faculty in developing programming serving the needs of faculty across campus teaching writing intensive and other courses in the Dearborn Discovery Core (general education program)

Manage and coordinate all office functions, maintain day-to-day operations of Writing Center; prepare schedules for face-to-face and online appointments and other curricular partnerships; maintain and update content for website and social media accounts; contribute to marketing activities; design and produce an annual report

Represent the Writing Center when needed at university meetings and events, occasionally giving remarks

Maintain Writing Center statistics and generate usage reports

Answer phones and sits at the reception desk when tutors are unavailable

Attend one professional development meeting/year paid for by the Dean’s Office

Attend Composition and Rhetoric discipline faculty meetings

Tutor students, particularly during the Spring/Summer terms

Fill in for unexpected tutor absences when necessary

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree in English or related field with at least one year experience as a writing center tutor.

Experience teaching writing at the undergraduate level

2-3 years of experience managing a staff of 5 or more.

Good organizational skills, time management skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Well-developed oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

ABD of PhD degree in English or Composition and Rhetoric.

2-3 year's experience in a similar position in a writing or tutoring center.

Familiarity with best practices and current trends in the scholarship of writing centers.

Previous pedagogical or professional development activities (conference presentations, publications, etc.) related to writing centers and/or writing across the curriculum.

Experience with developmental writer and/or English Language Learners.

Demonstrated ability to work independently.

Experience generating spreadsheets and reports.

Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

Experience with marketing.

Ability to teach Technical and/or Business Writing.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.