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. This position is one of three similar positions on the team, each with individual areas of responsibility as well as the following common set of core duties. Working primarily in support of the Writing Studio, the Academic Support Coordinator leads a variety of writing workshops and functions as professional writing consultant (writing tutor) who holds up to twenty (20) hours of one-on-one consultations per week with undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff writers from across the university.
Working with the Director and Assistant Director, the Academic Support Coordinator plays a role in the team effort to (1) recruit, train, and mentor the undergraduate and graduate writing consultant staff (Writing Studio) and STEM tutoring staff (Tutoring Services), (2) conduct outreach and collaborate with campus partners on relevant programming, and (3) develop new initiatives and assess and improve existing programming and resources.
Beyond those core duties shared by all Academic Support Coordinators, this particular position's individual areas of responsibility include coordination of our in-class writing workshop program, through which faculty across the curriculum invite Writing Studio staff (graduate and professional) into their classrooms, as well as coordination of Writing Studio and Tutoring satellite services that expand the availability of and access to Writing Studio and Tutoring Services support, including those offered in partnership with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and the Office of LGBTQI Life.
The Writing Studio and Tutoring Services share an administrative team and both focus on providing high-quality learning support. 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. Beyond one-on-one support, Writing Studio programming and events promote learning about and through writing in a variety of ways.
Tutoring Services employs undergraduate and graduate STEM tutors who support student academic achievement through one-on-one tutoring and a group study program in introductory and intermediate level courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry (General & Organic), Economics, Mathematics, and Physics. To provide each program's clients with the highest quality of support, the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services team aims to ensure our student tutors and writing consultants 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
This particular position's individual areas of responsibility include coordination of an in-class writing workshop program, through which faculty across the curriculum invite Writing Studio staff (graduate and professional) into their classrooms, and coordination of Writing Studio and Tutoring satellite services and related programming intended to expand the availability of and access to Writing Studio and Tutoring Services support, including those offered in partnership with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and the Office of LGBTQI Life. Assigned responsibilities may change due to the incumbent's strengths and team needs.
Programs coordinated by Academic Support Coordinators include the Undergraduate Writing Symposium, the Writing Studio's in-class writing workshop program, the Dinner and a Draft event series, the On Writing event series, the Dissertation Writers Retreat series, weekly writing groups, satellite partnerships with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and Office of LGBTQI Life, and workshops offered in collaboration with various campus partners.
Contributes to the recruitment and hiring of Writing Studio and Tutoring staff
Assists with recruitment and hiring efforts for one or more of the following subdivisions of the student staff: Undergraduate writing consultants, graduate writing consultants, undergraduate STEM tutors, and graduate STEM tutors.
Contributes to the planning and execution of orientation, training, and ongoing professional development efforts for Writing Studio and Tutoring Services student staff
Helps develop and carry out high-quality training modules and staff meeting activities for the undergraduate and graduate writing consultants and STEM tutoring staff.
Takes part in team effort to monitor the writing consultant and STEM tutoring staff and to provide regular recognition and coaching for individual writing consultant's and STEM tutor's performance.
Promotes awareness of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services as valuable campus resources and partners
Conducts program outreach during orientation events and through writing workshops offered in collaboration with campus partners and at the request of course instructors.
Plays a role in developing and fostering campus partnerships for both programs.
Contributes to reporting and assessment activities for both the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services
Helps to plan program assessments, to coordinate the collection of relevant data, and to draft assessment and report documents.
Helps implement assessment-related improvements for both programs, as needed.
Contributes to program administration and academic support
Participates in relevant VU, Tutoring Services, and Writing Studio meetings and functions, including staff and managerial meetings, workshops and programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
MA or MFA from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
Ph.D. in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
Experience teaching writing in college-level courses is necessary.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary.
Experience tutoring writing in a writing center or other similar context is preferred.
Familiarity with writing center theory and practice is preferred.
Experience supporting Writing across the Curriculum or Writing in the Disciplines initiatives is preferred.
Ability to develop high quality educational resources is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills and organizational skills are necessary, including ability to work cooperatively with culturally and linguistically diverse students, staff, and faculty.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000914
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