Back to Opportunities

Instructional Faculty

[C18-026] - Director Of Writing Center: Assistant Professor

Position Information

Instructional Faculty


Contact Person:
Dr. Stephen Cohen
Phone: 860-832-2795

Job Description

Central Connecticut State University’s English Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to direct the University’s Writing Center. The successful candidate will join a department that has a Director of Composition, a Developmental Writing Specialist, a graduate TESOL program, and a vibrant Writing Minor. The Writing Center Director will provide leadership in building an effective resource for students and faculty: duties of the position include establishing a vision for the center; articulating and assessing the center’s goals and objectives; hiring and training tutors; overseeing the assistant director(s); providing professional development opportunities for Center staff; promoting and publicizing the services of the Center to the campus community; and developing in-class workshops. Normal load is 12 credits per semester, which the director divides between Center administration and teaching courses in the English department that include a peer-tutoring course, first-year writing courses, and upper-level writing courses. The position also requires active scholarship and publication in the field, plus university and professional service. Candidates are expected to be committed to promoting multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Composition/Rhetoric, Writing Center Studies, English, or equivalent (ABD candidates must complete degree by June 2018)
  • Demonstrable experience and training in writing center theory and administration and knowledge of best practices in the field
  • Three years’ experience teaching writing at college level and/or working in college writing center
  • Commitment to serving culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialization in working with ESL writers and/or first-generation college students
  • Record of scholarly publication in field
  • Experience in Writing across the Curriculum or Writing in the disciplines
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

The University: CCSU is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system. Excellent professors and a wide array of academic programs prepare students for success in whatever field they choose. CCSU serves approximately 12,200 students - 9,500 undergraduates, and 2,700 graduates. CCSU is richly diverse: more than 30 percent of students are of traditional minority heritage. Visit our web site at

The Community: CCSU is located in New Britain, a city with a population of some 70,000, within a 10-minute drive to the state capital of culture-rich Hartford. CCSU is currently in a large-scale community engagement initiative, designed to more effectively embrace our communities as the “steward of central Connecticut.” Pursuing a range of partnership arrangements with area businesses, schools, agencies, and more, this initiative will create significant new opportunities for student internships, faculty research, as well as an expanding array of cultural collaborations with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, city theatres, the world-renowned New Britain Museum of American Art, and other area attractions.

Application and Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2018. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To begin the application process, click on the Apply Now button and electronically submit the following:

  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts for highest degree and any other relevant graduate degrees
  • One sample of recent scholarly writing (published or unpublished)
  • Names of three current professional references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., SSN, DOB, marital status) from any documents submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Emailed or mailed copies will not be accepted.

Additionally, please ask the three references to send letters of recommendation as e-mail attachments to the chair of the English Department, Dr. Stephen Cohen, at Candidates who have not yet been granted terminal degree should include in these three letters a letter from their thesis advisor stating anticipated date of completion and degree conferral.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Cohen at 860-832-2795 or

Central Connecticut State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer