Faculty Job Posting: Lecturer in Professional Writing and Rhetoric/Assistant Director of the University Writing Center
The Professional Writing and Rhetoric Program (PWR) within the Department of English at Baylor University seeks a full-time lecturer to serve half-time as Assistant Director of the University Writing Center (UWC) and to teach a half-time load of undergraduate writing courses in the PWR major and at the first-year level. We welcome applications from candidates with any specialization in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, including but not limited to writing center studies, writing across the curriculum, technical communication, new media or digital writing, visual rhetoric, research methods, professional writing, and/or civic and public writing. Full-time lecturers at Baylor get full benefits and competitive pay and also have a promotion schedule to "senior lecturer" after six years. For more on lecturers at Baylor, follow this link.
The faculty member will serve as assistant director in the University Writing Center and teach a 2-2 load while serving in the assistant director capacity. Courses include upper-level courses in the Professional Writing and Rhetoric major and first-year writing. Experience working in writing centers is required and administration experience is desired. Experience teaching advanced composition or technical writing is also desired. Candidates should be able to demonstrate teaching excellence, an enthusiasm for writing center work, and a commitment to service. Candidates should have the Ph.D. in hand at the start of the appointment. Because Baylor is a Christian university, candidates should also demonstrate a faith commitment. The position offers generous benefits in a rapidly growing town with beautiful parks and a thriving business district.
The assistant director position is a new position for the UWC, so the new hire will have a lot of influence in shaping the position. We are specifically interested in someone who can help manage undergraduate consultants, coordinate student schedules, develop and oversee the tutor education program, and conduct student and faculty outreach. The assistant director will work in close collaboration with the director and the graduate assistant directors.
Please submit by December 1, 2019, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Applications will be submitted through Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/67222).
The English Department and the PWR Program
The English Department at Baylor University offers three undergraduate majors, including Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Linguistics, and English Literature, as well as a minor in creative writing. It also offers the MA and PhD in English Literature. The PWR Program currently has over 80 students and six full-time faculty, including Drs. Kara Poe Alexander, Michael-John DePalma, TJ Geiger, Coretta Pitman, Lisa Shaver, and Danielle Williams. Our classes are small, ranging from 12-15 students, and our students and faculty are collaborative and supportive.
The University Writing Center
The UWC was founded in 1983 and was located in Carroll Science Hall (the English Department building) until February 2019. We are now thriving in our new location in Moody Memorial Library where we have almost tripled our original size. Our staff consists of a faculty director, graduate assistant directors, graduate consultants from the English Department, and undergraduate consultants from across the University. Last year, we saw almost 2,000 students and had over 4,200 appointments.
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is actively recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellent in teaching, research, and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris, and our academic strategic plan, Illuminate. As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries. Baylor is located in Waco, Texas, a mid-size city on the Brazos River with a thriving downtown and growing restaurant and cultural arts scene.
Waco is a city in Central Texas, located halfway between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. Located on the Brazos River, Waco has the second largest city park in the country (second only to Central Park in NYC). Cameron Park boasts miles of hiking and biking trails, a wonderful zoo, boat docks, water rentals, a frisbee golf course, food trucks, cliffs, and more. Waco's Lake Waco is another place for people interested in boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing. Waco is home to the Dr Pepper Museum, the Waco Mammoth National Monument, Magnolia Market, the Texas Rangers Museum, and the Mars candymaking plant, which produces all of the Snickers, Skittles, and Starburst candies. Waco boasts some of the best barbecue in Texas, unique Tex-Mex cuisine, and a wide range of ethnic and American restaurants. Waco is a small town with a lot of charm, and it is very diverse in terms of population and racial background. Being situated halfway between two major metropolitan areas makes it easy to visit world-renowned art museums, restaurants, national sporting teams, and other cultural events. For more on Waco, visit the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you have any questions or want more information, contact Dr. Kara Poe Alexander, the chair of the search committee and the Director of the UWC.
Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.