St. Lawrence University

Director, Munn Center (Writing and Speaking Center)

St. Lawrence University seeks a Director for the Munn Center for Rhetoric and Communication. Known on campus as the WORD Studio (an acronym for Writing, Oral communication, Research, & Design), the Munn Center provides peer tutoring services to undergraduate students seeking to improve their oral, written, and visual communication skills. This is a 10-month academic support position with competitive benefits and professional development funding at a vibrant liberal arts institution. The Director will supervise about forty peer tutors who complete over two thousand tutoring sessions per year. 

The Director will manage the day-to-day functions of the Munn Center, providing leadership, strategic vision, and innovation in design and delivery of peer writing and speaking consultation. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Teaching two sections of the course that trains the students who serve as peer mentors in the WORD Studio (1 course per semester)
  • Hiring, supervising, and providing ongoing training for peer mentors in the WORD Studio
  • Maintaining the Munn center schedules, budget, and student payroll
  • Working collaboratively with faculty to assure timely and efficient reporting of tutor sessions
  • Initiating and promoting the Center’s opportunities and services
  • Working with the Associate Dean for Academic Advising Programs to oversee the University's writing competency requirement
  • Maintaining and reporting annually on the Munn Center’s statistics and records; assessing Munn Center results
  • Offering workshops on various aspects of writing to faculty teaching in the First Year Program can integrate into their courses
  • In consultation with the Faculty Development Committee, the First Year Program Council, the Associate Dean of the First Year Program, & the Director of the Rhetoric and Communication Program, offering faculty development opportunities focused on writing pedagogy
  • Staying current with the scholarship and best practices of writing/speaking center theory and pedagogy

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate experience and excellence in the following areas: working in/supervising a writing and oral communication center; training peer mentors; and planning and implementing faculty development opportunities. Master’s degree in Rhetoric/Composition, English, Rhetoric/Communication or other applicable field is required. 

The search committee is especially interested to hear from candidates who will bring to their administrative work and teaching the diverse perspectives that come from non-traditional educational backgrounds or an understanding of the experience of those under-represented in higher education. 

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Review of applications will begin June 30 and continue until the position is filled. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Allie Rowland, Maurer Assistant Professor of Performance & Communication Arts,

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Dr. Allie Rowland, Maurer Assistant Professor of Performance & Communication Arts
St. Lawrence University
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