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Director of First-Year Writing Program

Director, First-Year Writing Program, Administrative Responsibilities
Approved 10-29-02

Role of the Director of First Year Writing:

The responsibilities of the Director of the First-Year Writing Program are fundamentally administrative; therefore, candidates for this position are not required to have earned the Ph.D. in the field of rhetoric and composition or any other field related to English.  Rather, they should be dedicated to the task of improving the First-Year Writing Program and should be willing to be guided by the policies established by the department and the university.  The Director will report directly to the Writing Committee and to the English Department Chair.

Administrative Responsibilities:

1) Serve as ex officio member of the English Department Writing Committee and provide regular reports on the assessment of the First-Year Writing Program to this committee and recommend changes in the program.

2) Organize and oversee the orientation of new and returning instructors. The Director is not required to conduct the entire orientation, but is responsible for organizing orientation and the content therein.

3) Hear all student complaints and/or concerns regarding the writing program that have not been resolved by the instructor. Assist in processing grade appeals in FYW courses.

4) Oversee all instruction in the First-Year Writing Program, insuring that departmental policies of the First-Year Writing Program are being carried out and that all syllabi meet approved department standards.

5) Coordinate the mentoring of all FYW faculty.

6) Coordinate teaching observations for all FYW faculty.

7) Work with the English Department staff and/or the Writing Center to ensure that the English Exemption Exam is successfully scheduled and coordinated.

8) Organize and facilitate teaching and writing workshops for all FYW faculty.

9) Assist FYW faculty with textbook selection and syllabi development.

10) Assist in the recruitment and hiring of FYW Faculty.

11) Be the English Department's liaison to the Writing Center.

12) Coordinate the selection process for the shared text and the arrangements for bringing the shared text author or event to campus.

Additional Guidelines:

1) Some responsibilities would require faculty to work during the summer.

2) Approximately 20 hours of administrative work / week during the academic year.

3) Weekdays and some evening hours will need to be covered.

4) 2/2 course load with option for one course preparation (either ENGL 1101 OR 1102).