University at Albany — Director, Writing and Critical Inquiry

About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:
The Director oversees the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry (WCI), a general education program that is housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. WCI was designed to introduce students to intellectual inquiry at the university with a focus on academic writing. It fulfills this mission primarily by offering UUNI 110: Seminar in Writing and Critical Inquiry, a required first-year seminar devoted to rigorous practice in writing as a discipline itself and as an essential form of inquiry in postsecondary education ( WCI also fulfills its mission by offering a variety of programs intended to support student success and growth as learners and human beings, enrich students’ intellectual and cultural experiences, and provide opportunities for leadership development. WCI also collaborates with other academic and student support units on campus to enhance writing instruction and foster student well-being

The WCI Director leads approximately two dozen full-time faculty who hold renewable multiyear, non-tenure-track appointments as Lecturers. These faculty typically teach three sections of UUNI 110 or TUNI 110 (the Honors College version of UUNI 110) each semester and engage in a variety of program initiatives. All full-time WCI faculty hold either the PhD or MFA/MA degree in an appropriate discipline. In addition, the Director supervises an administrative assistant as well as several work-study students and, periodically, adjunct instructors on temporary appointments.

Typically, the WCI Director will teach one or two sections of UUNI 110 each academic year and may teach for other units according to need and availability.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of developing and managing the WCI program, including curriculum, staffing, budget, and facilities
  • Assist the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Associate Dean for General Education in administering the writing component of the University at Albany’s General Education Program
  • Supervise the WCI faculty, including assigning teaching schedules, conducting reviews for contract re-appointments, addressing student complaints, supporting reviews for faculty promotions, and managing requests for leaves
  • Developing, implementing, and managing an ongoing program of professional development for WCI faculty, including conducting workshops on relevant topics related to teaching college writing, bringing in guest speakers on relevant topics, and coordinating with relevant units to support faculty efforts to enhance instruction in their classes
  • Overseeing the development, management, and improvement of all WCI enrichment programs, including the Peer Mentor Program, the WCI Essay Contest, the annual WCI Film Festival, and Lecture Series, the Peer Teaching Group program, and the WCI Faculty Symposium
  • Coordinating with the Academic Services Center to develop a schedule that is sufficient to accommodate all incoming first-year undergraduate and transfer students and to meet the needs of specific segments of the student population, including international student
  • Coordinating with the Office of Student Engagement to provide special sections of UUNI 110 for specific Living Learning Communities and Coordinating with the Honors College to provide sufficient seats in TUNI 110 to accommodate students enrolled in the Honors College
  • Collaborating with appropriate campus units (such as the Counseling and Psychological Services, Student CARE Services, and the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence) to identify ways to support student well-being and to assist students in crisi
  • Developing, implementing, managing, and enhancing components of the ongoing WCI program assessment initiative, including routine analysis of student outcome data each semester, an annual analysis of student writing from UUNI 110, exit interviews with students who have completed UUNI 110, and surveys of students and faculty regarding the impact of WCI on student achievement and well-being.
  • Working with the WCI Administrative Assistant and the UGE Assistant Dean to manage the WCI annual budget (of approximately $1.3 million) in accordance with program goals and university rules and procedure
  • Enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the WCI program
  • Providing campus leadership in enhancing undergraduate achievement, with a focus on improving instruction in writing and critical thinking across disciplines

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Consulting with departments and programs on how to support effective discipline-based writing instruction and implement a departmentally-based advanced writing requirement
  • Collaborating with various campus units, such as the Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership, to support individual faculty who teach writing-intensive courses
  • Participating in the efforts of governance bodies and the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness to develop ongoing evaluation of writing instruction and student success across disciplines
  • Reviewing applications to teach UUNI 110 or AENG 110Z through the University in the High Schools (UHS) Program
  • Managing all phases of faculty hiring, including securing approval for faculty searches to fill vacant or new full-time faculty lines and reviewing applicants for temporary adjunct assignments
  • Appointing new and ad hoc committees to address specific program needs or address faculty interests.


  • A Doctorate Degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • A strong record of publication in the field of rhetoric and composition and/or writing program administration
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching writing
  • Administrative experience with writing programs or writing centers
  • An understanding of and commitment to general education
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Experience managing a first-year college writing program or equivalent program, including curriculum development, staffing, budget, and facilities
  • Experience supervising faculty, including assigning teaching schedules, conducting contract renewal reviews, addressing student complaints, supporting reviews for faculty promotions, and managing leave requests
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement professional development workshops for program faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to consult, collaborate, and coordinate with other programs and/or departments on schedule development, instruction, faculty support etc.
  • Experience managing all phases of faculty hiring from approval to appointment

Additional Information:
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Staff Associate SL4

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