October 18, 2016

Director, Merritt Writing Program and Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education

University of California - Merced - Merced, CA

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    University of California - Merced University of California - Merced
  • Location
    Merced, CA
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
  • Education
    Masters Degree
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Job Description


Open August 29th, 2016 through November 15th, 2016


The University of California at Merced seeks a Director of the Merritt Writing Program, a 12-month position which will also be expected to hold a faculty appointment at the rank of Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE).

The University of California, Merced is the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university built in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide research, teaching, and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers educational opportunities at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

The Merritt Writing Program (MWP) is an independent academic unit which operates under the supervision of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education. The unit is staffed by about 65 lecturers with part-time or full-time status, as well as two Senate faculty members (i.e., Lecturers with Security of Employment). The MWP provides lower-division and upper-division courses, including required composition courses, writing-intensive sections of required general education courses, and upper-division writing courses required by majors. The MWP also offers a writing minor and is involved in the design and implementation of a campus Writing Center. The MWP is committed to working with UC Merced s many first-generation students, its culturally and linguistically diverse student population, and its English-language learners.

Required Qualifications

* PhD in a discipline relevant to the position, such as Rhetoric and Composition, English with an emphasis in writing education, or related field.
* At least two years of experience in the administration of a writing program or related relevant administrative activity.
* Evidence of excellence in teaching at a research university.
* A record of scholarly and/or creative achievement relevant to the position.
* Expertise in current theories and effective practices of composition pedagogy and learning.
* Expertise in current theories and effective practices of writing program administration.
* Experience in establishing and assessing learning outcomes.
* Experience in curriculum development.

Additional Desired Qualifications

* Experience in innovative instructional technologies.
* Experience in obtaining external funding and/or grant writing.
* Experience in administration of a writing center.

Position Narrative Description

We seek an experienced administrator and teacher/scholar who has the leadership skills, knowledge, and ability to manage and further develop a student-centered undergraduate writing program which serves a predominantly first-generation student body, comprising a diversity of ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have the ability to engage the MWP in the University s General Education program, which is currently under revision, and support a curriculum associated with writing in the disciplines including natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, technical writing, and writing in the professions. The successful candidate must be able to work with all academic units, undergraduate and graduate, to develop and provide academic support for a student population that is expected to nearly double in the next five years.

The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, such tasks as strategic planning for meeting the needs of growth in enrollments in an environment of limited resources; determining enrollment projections and related needs for course offerings and personnel; designing curricula; evaluating teaching; assisting in the assessment of program learning outcomes; managing faculty development and workshops; supervising assessment and placement of students; supervising and training full-time staff, student mentors, tutors, and graduate Teaching Assistants; providing leadership in the use of technology in the classroom; participating in MWP committees as well as university committees; and teaching courses (teaching workload is determined in relation to administrative demands). The Director reports to, and is supervised by, the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and is a member of the leadership team of the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Further information about the program is available at http://writingprogram.ucmerced.edu/.

Applications are submitted online. Please submit the following documents:

* Curriculum Vitae
* Letter of application for the position
* Statement: Administration of a Writing Program in a Research University (e.g., values, approaches, philosophy, priorities, experiences)
* Statement: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (e.g., values, approaches, priorities, experiences)
* Statement: Contributions to Diversity (i.e., addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through scholarship, teaching, and/or service)
* Statement: Scholarship or Creative Activity (e.g., contributions, integration of scholarship and/or creative activity with teaching and administration)

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC policy.

The expected start date for this position is no later than June 1, 2017; review of applications will begin October 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.


Merced, CA




Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - Letter of application for the position

Statement of Teaching, Learning and Assessment - e.g., values, approaches, priorities, experiences

Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Statement of Administration of a Writing Program at a Research University - e.g., values, approaches, philosophy, priorities, experiences

Statement of Scholarship or Creative Activity - e.g., contributions, integration os scholarship and/or creative activity with teaching and administration


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