The Graduate Writing Specialist will report to the Director of the UMKC Writing Studio.
The Graduate Writing Specialist will support the writing needs of the graduate students enrolled at UMKC, including on-campus as well as distance education students, as well as graduate faculty. The teacher-researcher filling this position will utilize their excellent communication and collaboration skills to support UMKC's graduate writing community through both administrative responsibilities and working directly with graduate students and faculty. The Graduate Writing Specialist will have a primary role in programming, envisioning and implementing mission, goals, and initiatives, and working collaboratively across campus. The Graduate Writing Specialist must have the ability to provide effective coaching throughout all phases of the writing process to help graduate students and graduate faculty enhance their writing skills and writing instruction. The Graduate Writing Specialist will be expected to be reliable, conscientious, and self-directed--working independently, anticipating needs, and following through with responsibilities. The Graduate Writing Specialist will serve as an active member of the UMKC community and participate in Writing Studio department meetings, continuing education programs, and occasional professional development events with writing center colleagues from the Greater Kansas City area.
Plan and implement writing-support focused events and programs for graduate students and faculty.
Develop and facilitate on-campus and online workshops and activities to support graduate students' writing.
Provide individual writing consultations for UMKC graduate students.
Develop, revise, and identify print and online writing resources for graduate students to be used in the Writing Studio, on the graduate student Canvas site, and the Graduate Writing Resource webpage.
Chair the Graduate Writing Advisory Committee;
Coordinate and collaborate with the Emeritus College faculty, Graduate Librarian, School of Graduate Studies, and the Writing Studio to coordinate writing support services and provide resources when necessary.
Promote graduate writing programming, resources, and services through presentations, email, social media, and other electronic communications.
M.A. in English, Composition, Rhetoric, Communication Studies, Education, TESOL, or related field with an emphasis in writing or commensurate experience.
A minimum of two years' experience in a writing center setting at a postsecondary institution.
A strong interest and background in writing pedagogy.
A minimum of two years' experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse writers.
Extensive experience working with college level students, preferably at the graduate level.
Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Ph.D. in English, Composition, Rhetoric, Communication Studies, Education, TESOL, or related field with an emphasis in writing or commensurate experience.
Classroom experience teaching writing, research methodologies, or other courses relevant to the position.
Experience teaching and tutoring online.
Full Time/Part Time
This is a half-time (.50 FTE), 12-month renewable academic appointment, non-benefit eligible position. 20 hours per week are flexible but need to be consistent within a semester; will include some evening and weekend hours.
$25.75 / hr
This position will be open until a qualified pool of applicants is created. Initial review of the candidate pool will begin on October 7, 2019.
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