Cocurricular Programs Coordinator, Writing and Languages
Penn State University
Penn State Learning is seeking an individual to work in a multidisciplinary environment managing the day-to-day operations of around 90 undergraduate writing, ESL, and language tutors working in two locations at University Park campus, as well as those conducting online tutorials. The position communicates with faculty members teaching writing-intensive and language courses about their students' needs and develops tailored workshops and other outreach activities that tutors may deliver. Supervisory duties include coordinating and assigning student work schedules and projects. Reporting to the Director of Penn State Learning, this position works with scholars-in-residence in the professional development of new and experienced tutors, in the assessment of programs, and in the design of peer tutor courses and other instructional programs. The position develops instructional plans for writers with complex needs and directly provides writing consultation when peer tutors need assistance; also provides direct instructional support to tutors, including the teaching of peer tutor courses, as expertise allows and according to unit needs. The position promotes student and faculty involvement in related programs and projects, oversees the recruiting and hiring of new tutors, approves bi-weekly payroll records, and represents Penn State Learning at student orientation fairs and co-sponsored University Libraries and University Fellowships Office events. The position writes and edits material for internal and external publications, including newsletters, websites, ad copy, and press releases — as well as writing grant and conference proposals; also advises student writers and editors working on various Penn State Learning initiatives. This position oversees an annual budget of approximately $100,000. Tutor programs coordinated by this position support approximately seventy language instructors in twenty language courses, approximately two hundred and ten instructors in the Department of English who teach writing and rhetoric courses, fifteen instructors in applied linguistics who teach ESL writing and rhetoric courses, and any faculty member at University Park who assigns writing in residential or online courses. In a typical year, tutors supervised by this position conduct at least 6,000 tutorials with over 2,500 students. Applications will be reviewed starting on 10/15/19. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master’s degree in writing and rhetoric, creative writing, applied linguistics or a closely related field is preferred. Also preferred are experience working as an undergraduate, graduate and/or professional tutor, substantial supervisory experience — particularly of college students, substantial experience teaching college composition and/or other writing intensive courses, and experience working with translingual writers and speakers. Candidates should have knowledge of writing center theories and practices, writing across the curriculum, scholarship pertaining to writing development, multimodal composition and new media of writing, principles and practices of supervision and training, Microsoft Office software, and learning management systems.
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