On the PNWCA listserv, I just came across Teresa Kramer’s announcement of a Writing Consultant position at CWU Des Moines (I didn’t even know there was a Des Moines in Washington state!). It’s a full-time (9-month) non-tenure-track faculty position. I decided to make note of it here because 1) I want to build up a better feel for the writing/rhetoric job market and 2) this is a new-to-me job category. I’m used to Directors, student consultants, and us “Instructional Techs” (aka Lead Consultants). This position is something like a mini-Director, requiring a Master’s degree and fulfilling all or most of our director’s job duties.
Writing Consultant Faculty, Non-Tenure Track
JOB SUMMARY: Coordinate and provide writing skills consulting and workshops for students enrolled at a University Center. This position differs from other faculty assignments by the nature of its supervisory and individual work with students and faculty.
SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS: This position reports to the Director of the University Writing Center.
• Provide consulting to CWU student writers of all disciplines and at all levels, emphasizing the development of the writer more than the particular piece of writing.
• Discuss rhetorical issues, the student’s writing in general, and particular stages in the process – including brainstorming, developing research skills, organizing an essay, and revising for word choice and sentence conventions. The student writer may discuss anything having to do with writing, for example, a class assignment, a job application letter, a master’s thesis, or curiosities about writing and rhetoric.
• Assess and evaluate students’ writing skills in preparation for appropriate instructional support.
• Ensure the writing center is open for drops-ins, referrals, or on an appointment basis during the posted hours. Writing students may be identified through their individual professors. Consulting may be provided on-line with the permission of the University Writing Center Director.
• Provide support to faculty, advising them on best practices for incorporating writing into the curriculum.
• Consult and communicate with individual instructors about student progress.
• Organize workshops, small-group consulting, or other services for students and faculty.
• Provide the Director of the University Writing Center a detailed report, in a timely manner, of activities from the previous quarter.
• Post the hours of consulting on bulletin boards, the web page for CWU-Des Moines, and the web site for the University Writing Center: http://www.cwu.edu/~writingcenter/
• Notify faculty, staff, and students about the services of the University Writing Center.
I like that: that the consultant will field “curiosities about writing and rhetoric.”