Bowdoin College invites nominations and applications for a new position of Director of Writing and Rhetoric. The Director will lead college-wide initiatives designed to enhance students’ writing and speaking abilities across the curriculum and collaborate with colleagues on a variety of initiatives on writing, including the first-year seminar program and a course- and center-based peer writing project. The Director will design and implement faculty development initiatives around writing and expand efforts to teach and assess writing and speaking. The Director will teach one to two courses per year in writing or rhetoric; these will be coordinated with the offerings of the English Department and the First Year Seminar Program.
Bowdoin has offered first-year seminars across disciplines since the 1970s, adopting them as a requirement in 2004, with the English Department regularly offering composition courses since 2000. The College established a course- and center-based peer-writing project in 1993 and enhanced support for multilingual speakers of English in 2004. Both the peer-writing project and the multilingual student support are housed in the Center for Learning and Teaching that also includes Bowdoin’s Quantitative Reasoning Program. The new Director of Writing and Rhetoric will work closely with all of these programs to develop a comprehensive approach to the teaching and assessing of writing.
This is a full-time, 10-month, benefits-eligible position with non-tenure track faculty status. The position reports directly to the Dean for Academic Affairs. Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.
The successful candidate should possess:
· PhD in rhetoric and composition or closely related field
· Professional experience reflecting accomplishments in teaching writing at the college-level. Experience administering a writing program and faculty development initiatives is desirable.
· Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty and staff
Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions.
Please visit to submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on May 12, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs. For further information about the college please visit our website: