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Director of the Writing Center

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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

The expected start date for this position is July 1, 2018.

Opening in 2005 as the 10th campus of the University of California, UC Merced continually strives for excellence in carrying out the University’s mission of teaching, research and service, benefiting society through discovering and transmitting new knowledge and functioning as an active repository of organized knowledge. As a key tenet in carrying out this mission, UC Merced promotes and celebrates the diversity of all members of its community. UC Merced is an Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015.

If you have questions about this position, please contact the search chair, Melissa Nicolas (

Job location

Merced, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Writing Center Administrative Philosophy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required