Director of the Ashland Multiliteracy (AMuLit) Center
The Director of the AMuLit Center is responsible for executing the AMuLit Center's mission statement:
The Ashland Multiliteracy (AMuLit) Center for Writing, Speaking, and Multimedia Communication adheres to the University's mission, vision, and value statements by providing students individualized academic support in every discipline on any project involving written or oral communication. We approach communication as a complex and individualized process and seek to help students learn what works best for them when engaging with this process. Our goal is to help students become more aware, confident communicators.
The Director of the Ashland Multiliteracy (AMuLit) Center will be responsible for coordinating and promoting the services and programs of the AMuLit Center to meet the needs of residential and online undergraduate students, CCP students, and graduate students at all Ashland University. The personal attention that students receive through the AMuLit Center contributes directly to their retention at AU. The AMuLit Center provides essential writing and communication support services both to undergraduate students in the core curriculum as well as to undergraduate, graduate, and adult/online students across academic colleges.
The Director of the AMuLit Center will coordinate the university's academic support for writing and speaking across the curriculum in all modalities, acting as a trainer, mentor, and liaison to the part-time student-coaching staff on best practices, writing instruction and content, supplemental materials, and other projects as needed.
The Director of the AMuLit Center will also oversee the development, implementation, and assessment of the Embedded Coach Program and the Accent on Communicating (AoC) initiative.
This position may require some weekend and evening hours as well as travel between campuses as needed. This is a 12-month administrative position.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate and promote the services and programs of the AMuLit Center to meet the needs of undergraduate students (70%)
Manage budget, logistics, and assessment for all AMuLit Center services and programs, including the Embedded Coach Program
Hire, supervise, train, and provide ongoing professional development for 20+ student workers
Advertise services to students
Manage the ENG 110, Writing Laboratory class each fall and spring semester
Help develop and oversee execution of the Embedded Coach Program services
Develop assessment plan for AMuLit Center
Oversee development of assessment plan for Embedded Coach Program
Ensure consistency and quality among various services (e.g. undergraduate appointments, workshops for students, workshops for faculty, course-embedded coach services, etc.)
Develop and enforce policies for AMuLit Center, Embedded Coach Program, and AoC initiative policies as necessary
Provide orientation materials for new students and attend summer orientations
Coordinate, promote, and provide the services and programs of the AMuLit Center to meet the needs of students in graduate and online studies (20%)
Provide synchronous and asynchronous writing/communication assignment support to all graduate students
Provide orientation materials for new students
Provide workshops for graduate students / graduate programs upon request
Attend new student orientations when necessary
Supervisory responsibilities, including overseeing the development, implementation, and assessment of the Embedded Coach Program and the AoC initiative (10%)
Organize and lead weekly meetings with the AMuLit Center administrative staff
Report to the Dean of CAS on AMuLit Center progress and issues
Report to the Dean of CAS on AoC initiative progress and issues (when applicable)
Address and document any student complaints
Chair search committee for AMuLit Center administrative positions
Supervise the Academic Embedded Coach Coordinator and any future AoC Coordinator(s)
Provide initial training for new hires
Conduct annual performance reviews for all administrative staff
Conduct 90-day review for new hires
Delegate/assign work when necessary, particularly for new projects
Advocate for the administrative staff when necessary (e.g. resource allocation, professional development opportunities, job scope, etc)
Update job descriptions when necessary
Ensure consistency of internal advertisements
Assess AMuLit Center (lead), the Embedded Coach Program (oversee). and AoC Initiative (oversee)
Manage budget for Accent on Communicating initiative
Oversee development of assessment plan for AoC initiative
Facilitate and work on the relocating the AMuLit Center to the first floor of the library
Act as a liaison to the Director of Composition, Coordinator of Tutoring Programs, and department chairs
Other duties, responsibilities, and projects as assigned
— Graduate writing consultants must have a graduate degree. Currently, the Director is the only staff member who meets that qualification. The Director, therefore, is providing all graduate services.
Graduate degree or higher
2 or more years experience at the level of a coordinator or director in a university writing center
Supervision of student writing consultants
Applicant Portal URL: 729
Internal Number: 729
About Ashland University
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University places great emphasis on the importance of each individual. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and, hopefully, characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. It means that our concern for the student extends beyond ensuring a quality education in the classroom and laboratory to include a commitment to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in every respect.Translating the ideas of our Mission Statement into the realities of everyday life is the responsibility of each Ashland University employee. These ideas must be evidenced daily in the classroom, residence halls, each teaching site, on the playing fields and in our interaction with others. It should be the goal of each Ashland University employee to ensure that our Mission Statement is not merely words on paper but a true reflection of who and what we actually are and intend to be in the future.
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