Athens State University

Writing Center Director

POSITION:                            Writing Center Director

STARTING DATE:                  May, 2018


Manage the university’s Writing Center to assist both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty across all three colleges to strengthen their academic writing through face-to-face and online writing support.  Direct the day-to-day management and coordination of the Athens State University Writing Center including the hiring, training, and scheduling of writing tutors, maintenance of administrative records and reports, and the facilitation of individual and group writing consultations.  The Director is responsible for planning the activities of the Center, including the Multimodality Room, and for implementing the campus vision for its services.  This position is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor with a courtesy appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate Writing Center student peer tutors
  • Work with all university students to strengthen writing and study skills
  • Communicate with students, faculty, staff and administrators about the Center’s services and respond to their instructional support needs
  • Work with faculty to incorporate writing into their classrooms and to conduct research related to writing and the writing process
  • Teach one course per semester in the field of expertise
  • Promote student success and retention through the advocacy of writing and communication
  • 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
  • Continue to cultivate an effective learning environment for the Writing Center and the Multimodality Center
  • Maintain and update the Writing Center’s website and social media outlets
  • Gather quantitative and qualitative data and analysis of Writing Center services
  • Monitor and analyze the results of surveys and evaluations to assure program quality; maintain administrative records and files
  • Participate in library-wide planning and committee work
  • Be professionally active and engage in continuing professional development to include advances in tutoring and computer-assisted learning practices
  • Serve on university committees; attend graduation ceremonies


  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, English with an emphasis in composition studies or related discipline from an accredited college or university with 18 graduate semester hours in Rhetoric and Composition or related field
  • A minimum of three years of Writing Center experience; experience with managing others including student tutors
  • Demonstrated experience teaching college-level writing courses
  • A strong record of teaching/tutoring in relevant programs including at least one year of experience teaching writing
  • Understanding of operations and administration and instructional programs
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing


  • Experience with various disciplinary and academic writing genres
  • Terminal degree in a related field
  • Demonstrated experience teaching or tutoring multilingual and/or ESL students


Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions.  Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty.  Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course.  The typical student is a working adult who commutes.  Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources.  The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business.  The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges:  College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education.  Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree.  The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL.  Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

SALARY:                   Commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Excellent benefits.

Review of applications will begin March 14, 2018.

Position will remain open until filled.

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In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check.  Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.

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Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.

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