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Writing Program Director

Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

Vacancy Number 2013-021

Position Type: Faculty position with benefits package
Opens: 06/24/13     Closes: Open Until Filled

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience

Position is open until filled; review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the search is completed.


We removed this vacancy from our website on October 7, 2013, and we are no longer accepting documents for it.

The University of Baltimore seeks an experienced and energetic faculty leader who values teaching, research, and service to direct its robust University-wide writing program.  We need a scholar and teacher with a distinguished record who has the vision and administrative skills to further the growth of an independent, teaching-centered undergraduate writing program dedicated to writing across the disciplines.  The writing program is an intercollegiate program housed in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences that offers undergraduate courses in developmental, lower, and upper-level writing.  The director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and works collaboratively within the UB community to assure that students have high quality writing experiences.


This is a 12-month appointment.  The director oversees the Writing Program, providing leadership in developing and sustaining the mission of writing studies across UB.  The director has responsibility for comprehensive curriculum management encompassing developmental to capstone courses.  Writing courses are taught mostly by writing program adjuncts and some graduate teaching assistants (currently recruited primarily from our MFA in creative writing).  The director supervises faculty recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation; organizes, plans, and staffs the curriculum; assesses all levels of writing courses; supervises placement testing, and represents the program across campus to a variety of stakeholders.  The director will teach at least one writing course per semester.  We expect the director to guide development of all writing-intensive courses.


• Develop a campus-wide writing culture with support from, among others, the General Education Council, the Honors Program, and the Bank of America Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology;
• Partner with the Achievement and Learning Center on tutorial needs and support services;
• Expand the teaching assistant program;
• Structure professional development activities for writing program faculty.

Qualifications include:  doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition or related field, established research profile, experience in and commitment to teaching undergraduate writing, experience in writing program administration and/or progressive university administration, experience in program-level assessment of student learning outcomes.

You’ll love Baltimore.  The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and is comprised of the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, and the School of Law.  We are located in mid-town Baltimore bordering the Mt. Vernon cultural district, Station North Arts District, and the world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  We are convenient to Baltimore public transportation, a short train ride from Baltimore’s Penn Station to Washington, DC, and near BWI Airport.  Rank and tenure-status open. 

Salary commensurate with experience.  Preferred start date:  August 2013.  Review of applications begins immediately and remains ongoing until position is filled.  Please direct your letter of application and c.v. to Dr. Cheryl A. Wilson at  The University of Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.