Role of Writing Director
The job of the Director of the First-Year Writing Program (DFWP) is a fundamentally administrative job; therefore, a candidate for this position is not required to possess a Ph.D. in the field of rhetoric and composition. Rather, he or she should be dedicated to the task of improving the First-Year Writing Program and should be willing to be intelligently guided by the experts in the field of rhetoric as well as the demands of the department and university. The DFWP will report directly to the English Department Chair.
The DFWP will be required to perform the following tasks:
- Serve as a 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.
- Supervise the orientation of new instructors (not necessarily conduct the orientation but be responsible for whoever does conduct it and for the content therein).
- Hear all student and faculty complaints regarding the writing program
- In so far as possible, supervise all instruction in the First-Year Writing Program, insuring that departmental policies of the First-Year Writing Program are being carried out.
- Coordinate the mentoring and evaluation of first-year, adjunct, and part-time writing instructors.
- Be the English Department’s individual liaison to the Writing Center.
- Coordinate the Regents' Exam Activities (grading and preview) as well as the Exemption Exam and other writing placement activities.
- Assist in directing the faculty development of technologically-enhanced pedagogy for teaching writing in computer classrooms.