Position Announcement The University of California, Merced seeks a Director of the Merritt Writing Program and Associate Dean for the Office of Undergraduate Education, a fiscal-year (year-round) administrative position. The successful candidate will also be expected to be qualified to hold a faculty position at the rank of Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment/Professor of Teaching. The faculty appointment confers membership in the Academic Senate and security of employment analogous to tenure. This secondary appointment will require submission of a dossier for approval through the faculty appointment review process.
University Description 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 has recently opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
The Office of Undergraduate Education encompasses academic and administrative units focused on student success, including Bobcat Advising Center, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, General Education, Karen Merritt Writing Program, and Student Success Centers and Programs (e.g., Writing, Math, and Chem Centers).
Program Description The Merritt Writing Program (MWP) is an independent academic unit which operates under the supervision of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education. The unit is staffed by about 66 lecturers (adjunct/contingent faculty) with part-time or full-time status, an Associate Director, one personnel analyst, and one curriculum analyst. In addition, two Senate faculty members (i.e., Lecturers with Security of Employment/Associate Teaching Professors of Writing Studies) are members of the MWP. The MWP provides lower division and upper division writing courses, including required composition courses, writing-intensive sections of required general education courses, and upper-division writing courses required by majors. The MWP also staffs courses for a Minor in Writing Studies, located in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts. The MWP is committed to working with UC Merced’s many first-generation students, its culturally and linguistically diverse student population, and its English-language learners.
Position Description We seek an experienced administrator and teacher/scholar who has the skills, knowledge, and ability to lead and further develop a student-centered undergraduate writing program at a rapidly-growing Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution. The successful candidate will have the ability to engage the Merritt Writing Program (MWP) faculty, staff, and campus partners in development and support for curricula reflecting scholarship and practice in Writing Studies, as well as writing in the disciplines, writing in the professions, and writing as a critical component of General Education.
The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: strategic planning for undergraduate writing instruction as a campus-wide resource; leadership of MWP faculty development and evaluation; oversight for program development, assessment of learning outcomes, course scheduling, and budgets in the MWP, as well as the Writing Center; collaboration with Writing Studies faculty in SSHA in curriculum design and planning for the Writing Studies Minor; supervision of full-time staff in the MWP and the Writing Center; and participation in university committees and in teaching as appropriate (teaching will be determined in relation to administrative workload). The Director reports to, and is supervised by, the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and is a member of the leadership team of the Office of Undergraduate Education. Additional information about the program is available at http://writingprogram.ucmerced.edu/.
The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC policy.
Required Qualifications • Ph.D, Ed.D, or other terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the position. • At least two years of experience in the administration of a writing program or related relevant administrative activity. • Evidence of excellence in teaching writing or writing instruction in a university. • A record of scholarly and/or creative achievement relevant to the position. • Expertise in effective practices of composition pedagogy and learning, including establishing and assessing learning outcomes. • Expertise in effective practices of writing program administration, including curriculum development, faculty evaluation, and staff supervision. • Experience in budget planning and management.
Additional Desired Qualifications • Experience with first-generation undergraduate students, students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, and/or bilingual students. • Experience in innovative instructional technologies. • Experience in obtaining external funding and/or grant writing. • Experience in administration of a writing center.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC policy.
Internal Number: JPF00812
About University of California, Merced
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.