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PNW Assistant Professor of Practice/Writing Center Director

Purdue University Northwest
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature, Other Humanities, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Department of English and World Languages is hiring a non-tenure track, Assistant Professor of Practice and Writing Center Director, 10 month (mid-August to mid-May)

Writing Center Director Position Description
  • Supervise all tutors at both campus centers and online
  • Supervise physical space and technology for both campus centers, including appropriate health and safety measures
  • Coordinate recruitment, hiring, and HR needs with department administrators
  • Lead assessment and reporting on Writing Center activities
  • Lead Writing Center promotion on campus within the department, college, university, and wider community
  • Develop and lead (or recruit leaders for) variety of writing programs and workshops for campus community and collaborate with instructors for class visits
  • Manage and coordinate online tutoring schedule system (WC Online) and university website
  • Develop and implement new tutoring and scheduling practices as appropriate/in line with current best practices
  • Create and report on annual budget
  • Lead tutor training and development of pedagogical materials
  • Lead research, seek grants and outside funding, and contribute to writing center scholarship
  • Supervise tutor record keeping and ensure consistent tutoring practices across modes and campuses
  • Organize tutor professional development events
Position Requirements

Along with the above responsibilities, this position involves teaching at least one course per semester in one of the following areas: First Year Writing, Business/Technical Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and/or other advanced writing studies.

This position would require a minimum of a MA in English or a related field with a preference for someone with experience with First Year Writing and Writing Centers.

This position will engage the wider campus community and help students across the university achieve success in their various programs thus helping maintain and increase retention at PNW. In this way, the new Director will help maintain the centrality of CHESS at PNW.

University Profile

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Park, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW serves approximately 8,800 students, with more than 70 areas of study at the baccalaureate, master’s and applied doctoral levels. Academic programs are offered within six colleges that have operations on two campuses located in Hammond and Westville:
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Sciences
  • College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Technology
  • Honors College
The university is consistently ranked among the best regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report. Our nursing, engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity programs are among those earning national recognitions. PNW also is recognized for social mobility among Midwest regional universities. As a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC), the PNW Pride compete in NCAA Division II athletics , with more than 300 student-athletes excelling both in the classroom and in competition. Purdue Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The university employs approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.

College Profile

The College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences serves over 1,400 undergraduate students and 170 graduate students across a wide range of programs. Departments and Schools within the college include:
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Communication and Creative Arts
  • English and World Languages
  • History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Psychology
  • School of Education and Counseling
The College houses the Community Counseling Center that provides quality affordable mental health services and the Institute for Social and Policy Research, which uses social science and policy analysis methods to find solutions to educational, social, and health-related challenges facing the citizens of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan region. The college is also home to the Willie T. Donald Exoneration Advisory Coalition to support those who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Indiana.

How To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Start date: August 2023. To apply, applicants should submit the following: 1) cover letter specifically addressing required experience; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 4) three professional references.

For inquiries, please contact Michael Lynn at Purdue University Northwest; 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323.

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University Northwest is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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