Olivet College — Assistant Professor of Writing & Director of Writing Program

Olivet College, a liberal arts college in south central Michigan with a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity, invites applications for two faculty positions: Assistant Professor of Writing & Director of Writing Programs and an Assistant Professor of Writing. Both positions are full-time tenure track faculty positions within the Arts & Humanities Department. The Director of Writing Programs will be granted a course release from full-time instruction each semester to carry out these responsibilities. If interested in being considered only for one of the two positions, please specify the position for which you are applying in your letter of application.

Given the college’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive faculty, members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements: 

Assistant Professor of Writing: Earned MFA or PhD in Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, English, English Education will receive priority consideration; ABD or master’s degree in Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, English, English Education, or a related field with at least 18 graduate credit hours in writing will be considered.

Director of Writing Programs: Earned PhD in Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, English, or English Education preferred, though candidates with an earned MFA or who are ABD with extensive experience will be considered. Preference given to applicants with leadership experience in writing-related academic programs and who are currently involved with writing pedagogy.

The vision for the college’s writing programs is to help students develop confidence in their writing and succeed at all levels throughout their academic career. Therefore, successful candidates for both positions will have demonstrated exceptional teaching skills at the undergraduate level and have a passion for teaching writing. We are looking for engaging teachers who are excited about working with first-year students. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated competence working with culturally diverse groups in teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

Candidates must indicate a clear commitment to reflective teaching and provide evidence of the ability to create positive and engaging learning experiences in and outside of the classroom. Candidates who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a collaborative, collegial, and engaging academic environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities: The successful candidates for both positions will be expected to teach and work with students in the first-year writing sequence at the college. They will be expected to participate in the academic life of the Arts & Humanities Department and the college.

Full-time faculty members at the college instruct 24 credit hours (or the equivalent) over the academic year. Faculty are responsible for course delivery and curriculum development, as well as engagement with students in the capacity of mentor and academic advisor. Along with instruction and student engagement, faculty responsibilities include scholarship and service to the college, the discipline or profession, and the larger society.

The Director of Writing Programs is additionally responsible for coordinating, scheduling, and staffing the first-year writing courses at the college; overseeing course delivery and program assessment; and providing training for new and adjunct instructors in the program. The new Director will also be responsible for reinvigorating a writing center on campus and continuing to build a writing program that integrates itself throughout the college through program innovation. This innovation could include possible integration of multimedia projects, writing studios, writing across the disciplines, or other high-impact practices. 

Starting Date: August 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as required.

Application Process:  Click on this link to go to the online application site:  Career Center

Once in the Career Center, click on the job title to view the posting and click “Apply” to set up a profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Letter of application;
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae with contact information for three references;
  3. One-page statement of your interest in and experience with working with a diverse population of students in a multi-ethnic environment;
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and approach to the assessment of student learning;
  5. Transcript from the highest degree-granting institution related to the position (official or unofficial) and/or documentation of graduate coursework or relevant certification in the area of instruction; and
  6. Student evaluations (if available).

Offer of hire is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts, completion of a background check, and verification of information submitted.

About the College: Olivet College was founded in 1844 as a college open to all regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay. The college’s faculty and staff continue its tradition of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for students. The college is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state of Michigan and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Students from underrepresented minorities constituted 26% of the fall 2021 student body, with over 17% of the student body identifying as African American. The student body is a mix of urban and rural students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college attendees. The college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who commit themselves to seeking academic and personal success.