Lecturer Faculty, Assoc Director, Writing & Multi. Ctr

California State University- Channel Islands
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Speech & Rhetoric, Humanities, English & Literature, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Program: Writing & Multiliteracy Center (Library)
Rank: Lecturer Faculty
Title: Associate Director

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among “Top Public Schools” in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You :

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program:

The Writing & Multiliteracy Center (WMC) is an academic program within the John Spoor Broome Library, offering classes on writing & multiliteracy center theory and practices, supporting approximately 5000 writing and multiliteracy tutoring sessions (in person, virtual, and asynchronous) per fiscal year, delivering 100 workshops covering 45 topics, conducting faculty consultations, and hosting activities and events such as Writing Boot Camps, Open Mics, and the annual Plot-a-thon Data Visualization Festival that invites students to compete using data visualizations and storytelling. WMC manages its own HyFlex teaching classroom and a Multimedia Studio with sound room, green screen, and group presentation space. WMC also coordinates a popular Embedded Multiliteracy Tutor (EMT) program supporting writing and communication intensive courses across disciplines from first-year writing to senior capstones. The EMT program involves close faculty collaboration in the design of tutor interventions, customization of virtual and in-person academic activities, and support for writing or communication-related assignments.

WMC’s mission is to provide students and faculty with a range of support services and programs that help them address 21st Century challenges of creatively thinking about, reading, and composing in written, oral, visual, multimodal, and digital forms of communications. We aim to foster a robust culture of writing and communication at CI, with an interest in helping students across disciplines learn modes of representation and communication that shape their academic, working, civic, and private lives. In addition, we believe that writing and multiliteracy centers are intrinsically multicultural and multilingual spaces and that the WMC can be a powerful advocate for equity. We embrace the position statements on diversity and disabilities as articulated by the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) and actively diversify our team and address barriers in meaningful ways.

About the Position:

The Lecturer/Associate Director is a faculty position for individuals with extensive and in-depth knowledge of and ability to teach theories, principles, methods and practices associated with writing and communication. The Associate Director will join an energetic and creative WMC team consisting of a Faculty Director (Associate Professor), a full-time Assistant Director (Lecturer), a Administrative Support Coordinator (ASC), 4 Academic Leads for grant-funded projects, 43 undergraduate and professional WMC tutors, and 5 student assistants. The Associate Director supports the Faculty Director in providing intellectual and administrative leadership and strategic planning for WMC programs and services. In addition, the Associate Director works with the Assistant Director and Faculty Director to support or lead a wide-ranging portfolio of responsibilities including operations, tutor recruitment, hiring, and education, student and faculty outreach, and program assessments. The Associate Director will teach one course a year.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or related field

Required Qualifications:
    • Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or related field;

    • 1 or more years of teaching writing in a university or college setting using theoretically grounded, research-based practices

    • Experience in writing center tutoring or writing center administration

    • Knowledge of composition theory and digital composition and its application

    • Demonstrated excellence in student-centered instruction

    • Demonstrate superb writing skills and excellent oral/visual communication skills

    • Flexible and creative in solving problems and performing multiple responsibilities in a diverse community and team environment

    • Self-starter; ability to learn quickly

    • Highly detailed oriented and ability to multitask

    • Ability to apply forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities

    • Ability to exhibit a high-level of professionalism in self-presentation, communication, and engagement with a range of university stakeholders

    • Ability to apply effective cross-cultural interpersonal and communication skills with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and the public

  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students

Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience in teaching oral communication, STEM writing, and/or technical writing

    • Experience in collaborating with faculty on curricular design or assignment design

    • Understanding of writing in the disciplines/writing across the curriculum pedagogies

    • Ability to collect, analyze, report, and assess data relevant to the position

    • Interest in research and publishing in the field of writing and/or writing center studies

    • Experience working with individuals of diverse ages, as well as from various socioeconomic, cultural, and academic background

    • Record of research and publication is welcome


Operations, Leadership and Strategic Planning
  • Provide day to day administrative leadership with the Assistant Director over a range of center activities occurring both virtually and in-person in order to achieve the Center’s mission

  • Collaborate on tutor education programming: Work with the Directors and members of the administrative team to launch orientation, training days workshops, on-going program development meetings, and tutor observations conducted every semester

  • Attend weekly WMC Administration Meetings with Directors and ASC; report on EMT activities (student EMT visits, workshops, and other related activities)

  • Assist the Faculty Director in the analysis and assessment of programs

  • Engage in professional, university, and community service or professional development, as appropriate

  • Stay current in the writing and multiliteracy center field

Teaching and Faculty-Facing Programs
  • Teach at least one course a year or equivalent (usually UNIV 299, a 3-unit WMC tutor education seminar, but it may also include other writing/communication-related courses offered by the University)

  • Coordinate WMC workshop program: manage the strategic development of in-person/virtual WMC workshops as well as the development of on-demand WMC workshops (interactive asynchronous workshops) in coordination with the Faculty Director;

  • Design and lead WMC workshops and WMC faculty development workshops in coordination with the Faculty Director

  • Coordinate the Embedded Multiliteracy Tutor (EMT) program; work with the support of the Faculty Director and other relevant writing center staff

  • Coordinate tutorial observations and assessment: organize the assessment and review of in-person, virtual, and asynchronous tutorial practices of all tutors with the support of the Assistant Director and Faculty Director; schedule End of Semester conferences

  • Create tutor schedules each academic session (Fall, Winter Intersession, Spring, Summer) in coordination with the Faculty Director

  • Provide 2 hours of tutoring on a weekly basis or as needed

Recruitment and Outreach
  • Support recruitment and hiring of tutors, working with members of the administrative team

  • Work with the Faculty Director to actively expand WMC outreach to faculty, with a special focus on California State University Graduation Initiative 2025 and the targeting of high-enrollment, high DFWI courses

  • Collect, monitor and assess data for WMC programs for reporting and continuous improvement of programs; work with the Faculty Director to submit WMC reports

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin August 5, 2022. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Letter of application identifying interest and qualifications,

  2. Curriculum Vitae,

  3. Names and email addresses of three references

  4. Teaching statement (2-3 pages, single spaced): please describe your teaching philosophy with evidence of teaching; in addition, describe how you hope to engage and interact with faculty and students at CI as the Associate Director, with a special focus on serving historically underrepresented students.

5. A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students.

Finalists will be asked to visit the campus in person and provide a teaching demonstration. In addition, the final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s).

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096 .

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu .

Advertised: May 17, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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