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Writing Instructor

Sweet Briar College
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Sweet Briar is a liberal arts college for women with a long history of forging female leaders. After a near closure in 2015, the College was saved by its alumnae and underwent dramatic transformation. Today Sweet Briar College is repeatedly named by the US News and World Report as one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges in the nation. Sweet Briar College is financially stable and actively growing again, attracting students who are drawn to it for its excellent liberal arts program, coupled with distinctive programs in women leadership, engineering, sustainability, arts and its legendary equestrian program. Its campus is one of the nation's most spectacular, replete with nature sanctuaries, lakes, forests, trails, and most recently, vineyards, apiary and greenhouses.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title:  Writing Instructor

Classification:  Two-year, nine-month, benefits eligible, faculty position

Reports To:  Assistant Dean of Student Success

Job Summary/Objective: 

Sweet Briar College invites applications for a Writing Instructor to teach introductory expository writing for students and train and mentor student writing tutors as a part of our Academic Resource Center. The successful candidate will work closely with the Assistant Dean of Student Success, who directs our Academic Resource Center, to develop programs to support students at all points in their development and across academic disciplines.  A clear commitment to reflective teaching and creating positive and engaging learning experiences of writing for students in and outside of the classroom is desired. Candidates who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a collaborative, collegial, and engaging academic environment are particularly encouraged to apply.

The expected teaching load will be two courses per semester.

Required Duties:

  • Work closely with the Assistant Dean of Student Success and the Academic Resource Center Manager to develop programs that support students’ writing development;
  • Provide one-on-one writing assistance and group facilitation through regularly scheduled and drop-in appointments;
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend writing curricula and technologies for faculty;
  • Develop programs to help students strengthen writing and study skills;
  • Communicate with students, faculty, staff, and administrators about the writing support available through the Academic Resource Center; and
  • Promote student success and retention through the advocacy of writing and communication.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s in English, Rhetoric, and Composition, or related field;
  • Demonstrated experience teaching college-level writing courses;
  • Familiarity with writing center pedagogy;
  • Demonstrated experience teaching or tutoring multilingual and/or ESL students and students with learning differences;
  • A strong record of tutoring in relevant programs; and
  • Experience managing student tutors.

 Preferred Qualifications:

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

 How to Apply:

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching; 4) one page statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; and 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references.  Items 1-5 should be submitted in a single PDF file. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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