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Vanderbilt University Academic Support Coordinator for the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services in Nashville, Tennessee

Academic Support Coordinator for the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services (Job Number: 1802221)


Position Summary

The Academic Support Coordinator for the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services is a full-time staff member of the team that oversees both of the aforementioned programs at Vanderbilt University.

Each of the three Academic Support Coordinators hold up to twenty (20) hours of one-on-one consultations per week with undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff writers from across the university. Additionally, working with the Director and Assistant Directors, each of these specialists takes on specific administrative responsibilities, as assigned, to (1) recruit, train, and mentor the undergraduate and graduate writing consultant and tutoring staff, (2) coordinate the facilitation of several workshop series, (3) organize special events, (4) conduct campus outreach and collaborate with campus partners on programming relevant to both programs (i.e. STEM learning support or writing and the teaching of writing), and (5) develop new initiatives and assess and improve all programs.

Submission of CV in lieu of resume is preferred. During the review process, candidates may be asked to provide supplemental materials, such as writing sample.

Review of applicants will begin on January 25, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable, but anticipated to be during summer 2019.

About the Work Unit

The Writing Studio offers all members of the Vanderbilt scholarly community—undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff—the opportunity to meet individually with skilled writing consultants (undergraduate, graduate, and professional staff) to talk about any writing project or concern. With a talented staff of undergraduate and graduate tutors, Tutoring Services supports student academic achievement through one-on-one tutoring and a group study program in many introductory and intermediate level courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry (General & Organic), Economics, Mathematics, and Physics. The team that oversees both aims to provide each program’s clients with the highest quality of support, which requires supporting the undergraduate and graduate students employed as tutors and writing consultants with a rich extracurricular learning and professionalization experience of their own.

Duties and Responsibilities

Holds 1-to-1 writing consultations with students, faculty, and staff (up to 20 hours/week)

Coordinates specific Writing Studio and Tutoring Services programming or initiatives, as assigned

  • Such programs include the Undergraduate Writing Symposium,the Writing Studio's in-class writing workshop program, the Dinner and a Draftevent series, the On Writing event series, the Dissertation Writers Retreatseries, coordination of online consultation appointments and campus-partnersatellite services, and workshops offered in collaboration with various campuspartners.

Contributes to the recruitment and hiring of Writing Studio and Tutoring staff

  • Assists with recruitment and hiring efforts for one or moreof the following subdivisions of the student staff: Undergraduate writingconsultants, graduate writing consultants, undergraduate tutors, and graduatetutors.

Contributes to the planning and execution of orientation, training, and ongoing professional development efforts for Writing Studio and Tutoring Services staff

  • Helps develop and carry out high-quality training modulesand staff meeting activities for the undergraduate and graduate writingconsultants and tutoring staff.

  • Takes part in team effort to monitor the writing consultantand tutoring staff and provide regular recognition and coaching for individualwriting consultant's and tutor's performance.

Promotes awareness of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services as valuable campus resources and partners

  • Conducts program outreach during orientation events andthrough writing workshops offered in collaboration with campus partners and atthe request of course instructors.

  • Plays a role in developing and fostering campuspartnerships for both programs.

Contributes to reporting and assessment activities for both the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services

  • Helps to plan program assessments, to coordinate thecollection of relevant data, and to draft assessment and report documents.

  • Helps implement assessment-related improvements for bothprograms, as needed.

Contributes to program administration and academic support

  • Participates in relevant VU, Tutoring Services, and WritingStudio meetings and functions, including staff and managerial meetings,workshops and programs.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • MA or MFA from an accredited institution of highereducation is required.

  • Ph.D. in a relevant discipline from an accreditedinstitution of higher education is preferred.

  • Experience teaching writing in college-level courses isnecessary.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills arenecessary.

  • Experience tutoring writing in a writing center or othersimilar context is preferred.

  • Familiarity with writing center theory and practice ispreferred.

  • Experience supporting Writing across the Curriculum orWriting in the Disciplines initiatives is preferred.

  • Ability to develop high quality educational resources ispreferred.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VUBenefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 28100 - Student Academic Support Services

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals

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