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Associate Director of the West Point Writing Program

United States Military Academy
New York, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Speech & Rhetoric, Humanities, English & Literature, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Office of the Dean at the United States Military Academy (USMA) invites applications for the position of Associate Director of the West Point Writing Program. The appointment for this renewable position will be made at the academic rank of Assistant Professor; the initial term is for three years, starting in July 2018. The Associate Director may hold a secondary appointment as a faculty member in the academic department that most closely matches her or his areas of expertise.

The successful candidate will be an innovative and accomplished teacher, scholar, and administrator. She or he will join an institution that is enthusiastically committed to developing its students as writers and communicators, having recently established three major initiatives to those ends (including a Writing Fellows Program and Writing Center now aligned under its new cross-curricular Writing Program in the Office of the Dean). More information about USMA’s growing Writing Program and its components is available at  

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition, English, Scientific Writing, Technical or Professional Communication, or a related field. All candidates should also have promising records as scholars and teachers, be well-versed in undergraduate writing pedagogies (especially for peer-to-peer settings), and be adept communicating with faculty across diverse disciplines (particularly in workshop settings). We especially welcome candidates whose research agendas or teaching interests include communication in STEM disciplines. Expertise in the administration of a writing center as well as in teaching first-year composition, digital rhetoric, and underprepared, developing writers is also desirable.

All candidates should be U.S. citizens who possess genuine concern for the development of enlightened, morally courageous, and resourceful military leaders, though military experience is neither required nor expected. The Department of Defense is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and USMA encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQI persons, and others who can help it build a more diverse, inclusive community.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Associate Director works closely with the Director to provide leadership for the Writing Program and its main components (including the Writing Fellows Program and Mounger Writing Center). Primary responsibilities include: assisting in the management of the Mounger Writing Center; organizing faculty development workshops; advising academic departments, relevant support units, and select staff on scholarly and professional communication; collaborating with faculty to develop pedagogical resources; supporting special events and mentoring cadets in the Writing Fellows Program; pursuing a scholarly research agenda; teaching typically four courses during the regular academic year (2/2) in the Writing Fellows Program, First-Year Composition, and appropriate academic departments; conducting additional teaching and faculty development during select parts of the summer.

APPLICATIONS: Applications must be submitted electronically and received by November 6, 2017 for full consideration. Applications should include the following materials as separate PDF attachments: a cover letter that outlines relevant scholarship, teaching, and administrative experience; a CV; unofficial graduate transcripts; a statement of teaching philosophy or brief teaching portfolio; a scholarly writing sample (not to exceed twenty pages). Applications must also include three letters of recommendation, which may be conveyed separately. All application materials should be sent to the attention of Ms. Kristina L. Fox, Executive Officer, Department of English and Philosophy (email: If claiming Veteran Preference, please include a DD214. Please refer to the vacancy announcement listed on the website for official information.

THE INSTITUTION: Established in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges and renowned for its enduring commitment to a robust liberal education in the humanities, sciences, and engineering. USMA is the only college specifically charged with preparing young men and women for service as officers in the United States Army: its unique mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is commissioned as a leader of character devoted to the values of Duty, Honor, and Country. USMA faculty are federal employees who earn competitive salaries and full benefits. The Military Academy is located in the Hudson Highlands, on bluffs overlooking the Hudson River, approximately forty-five miles north of New York City.

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