The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
The newly created Writing Center at UC Merced is seeking a dynamic writing center professional to serve as its first full-time director. The successful candidate will bring current writing center scholarship and practice to the development of the Writing Center into a fully realized and sustainable campus resource.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Writing Center Director will be instrumental in strategic and budgetary planning, managing the day-to-day services provided by the Center, supervising writing consultants, consulting with faculty and staff, and coordinating assessment of Center effectiveness. Additionally, as the Writing Center expands its outreach, the Director will collaborate with campus partners, including faculty, the Library, the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, and the Merritt Writing Program, to foster a culture of writing at UC Merced. As an Academic Coordinator (payroll title), the Writing Center Director is a full-time administrator. The position also includes potential for teaching as is appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications: • Terminal degree in rhetoric/composition or related field • 1 year of tutoring experience in Writing Centers at the postsecondary level • One year of administrative experience in writing centers and/or writing programs (examples include: supervision of staff, training, assessment, budgeting, scheduling, and/ or budgetary oversight). • Demonstrable professional interest in Writing Centers (e.g. conference presentations, graduate course work, publications) • 3 years of teaching writing at the postsecondary level
Preferred Qualifications: • 3 or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience in writing center and/or writing program administration, including budgetary oversight • Experience with programs in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) or Writing in the Disciplines (WID). • Experience with multilingual writers and/or experience working with traditionally underrepresented students
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience; based on UC Academic Salary Scales
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.