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Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Arts And Letters Writing Center 10004549
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Writing Center at Michigan State University is seeking a full-time Specialist – Outreach. This position is a two-year, annual year position (12 months) in the Academic Specialist system beginning June 3, 2024 or earlier depending upon availability, with the possibility of renewal.

The chosen candidate will join the Writing Center’s leadership team and lead community engagement initiatives, teach one course a semester, and contribute to research conducted through the new Writing Center Research Lab.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Writing Center across multiple locations (e.g. scheduling, conducting observations, mentoring consultants and staff, etc.)
  • Lead the Center’s community engagement initiatives and programming including the Community Writing Center, Writing Engagement Liaison Program, write-ins / write-outs, writing retreats, and others
  • Support several of the Writing Center’s internal committees that aim to enhance various aspects of the Center's mission, such as fostering engagement, community partnerships, grant writing, etc.  
  • Develop new initiatives and partnerships with local and regional campus and community collaborators 
  • Collaborate with and mentor the Center’s consultants and staff in research initiatives through the Writing Center Research Lab and engage with writing center organizations (e.g. East Central Writing Centers Association, International Writing Centers Association, etc.) 
  • Teach one course each semester related to the Writing Center’s mission (e.g. Writing Center Theory and Practice, First Year Writing, special topics in writing, etc.)


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Rhetoric/Composition, English, English education, higher education administration, social work, or a related field 

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Rhetoric/Composition, English, English education, higher education administration, social work, or a related field 

Minimum Requirements

MA in Rhetoric/Composition, English, English education, higher education administration, social work, or a related field (PhD preferred); knowledge of current writing/writing center theory; administrative background in a writing center and/or writing program; experience teaching writing; experience with community organizations and engagement; experience managing an organization's digital presence. 

Desired Qualifications

Doctorate in Rhetoric/Composition, English, English education, higher education administration, social work, or a related field.

Required Application Materials

  1. a cover letter
  2. current curriculum vitae
  3. philosophy of teaching and administration
  4. a summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence
  5. the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Special Instructions

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