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Undergraduate Writing Chair - Assistant Professor (FAC230, 695)

University Mission:  Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.

Position Title

Undergraduate Writing Chair, Assistant/Associate Professor


Libraries, GRW

Reports To

Dean of Libraries

FLSA Status


Salary Grade

Varies by rank

Primary Work Location

Onsite Portland Main Campus, Portland OR

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday with flexibility to work irregular hours and weekends required.

Assessment Schedule

Position assessed after the initial 90 days and then annually

Position Number


Employee Class

07 – Faculty, Full-time, Exempt

EEO Classification




Last Updated

September, 2018


Position Summary

Research and writing support are key instructional services across the university curriculum. The Undergraduate Writing Chair teaches writing and research skills in the classroom and in virtual and in-person one-on-one formats, develops and implements writing support programs, mentors and supervises student tutors, and collaborates closely with faculty librarians to integrate research and writing support. This position includes teaching WR 308 Advanced Research Writing as well as teaching writing courses in the summer Bridge Program and coordinating the Bridge Program in collaboration with the Library Administrative Assistant.



Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod



Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Teaches WR 308 Advanced Research Writing
  • Coordinates and teaches courses in the Summer Bridge Program
  • Answers research and writing questions virtually and in-person
  • Collaborates with faculty librarians to deliver joint programming
  • Creates videos, tutorials, and modules to help students develop their reading/writing skills


Program management:

  • Supervises and mentors student tutors – includes recruitment, hiring, training, and continuing professional development of students in the areas of research and writing
  • Coordinates and implements writing tutoring and other writing initiatives that support traditional, nontraditional, international, and ELL undergraduate student populations.
  • Assists with the creation and maintenance of an efficient and respectful working environment in the library



  • Assesses student learning outcomes within programs, looking towards continual improvement
  • Collaborates with the Graduate Writing Chair on the development and implementation of effective assessment tools


Outreach and Promotion:

  • Develops and performs outreach activities, including class visits, workshops, and information fairs
  • Designs and edits writing center documents, webpages, brochures, handbooks, and marketing materials
  • Serves as a resource for university-wide-projects where expertise in writing, writing development, and writing instruction are required.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with faculty, student affairs entities and departments across campus, and collaborates closely with other units


Scholarship and Service:

  • Researches, designs, and delivers best practices and high-impact writing instruction in support of student retention and timely progress towards degree completion
  • Serves on university committees as a faculty representative of the library



Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Libraries



Work Contacts

Library department faculty, staff, and student workers. Interacts with other faculty, staff, students, and community members.


Scope of Work

Activities and tasks support the operations of the Libraries. Requires knowledge of institution and department policies and practices. Acts as a subject matter expert. Work is subject to academic review.


Minimum Physical Requirements

Able to tolerate prolonged sitting and keyboarding.

Able to lift and carry 35 lbs. on an occasional basis.

Able to use basic office equipment including phones, copiers and computers.

Able to climb and descend stairs in a safe manner.

Able to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach within an office environment.

Able to demonstrate advanced language comprehensive in the areas of reading, writing, and communication.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition, English, TESOL, Linguistics, Adult Education, or Library Science. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered with respect to degree requirements.

2+ years experience teaching writing, composition, TESOL, or other relevant courses in a postsecondary institution or equivalent adult teaching experience.

2+ experience working with underrepresented populations in higher education or equivalent.


Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Excellent written communication skills.

Ability to work independently and work well with others while displaying a professional attitude and respect at all times.

Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills in working with diverse student, faculty, and staff.

Knowledge about writing challenges and assets of students from various cultural backgrounds.

Evidence of excellent teaching through teaching accomplishments.


Preferred Qualifications

PhD or EdD (or candidate) in Rhetoric and Composition, English, Linguistics, TESOL, or Adult Education.

A minimum of two years’ experience in a student writing center setting in higher education.

Administrative experience in personnel supervision, including the training and evaluation of undergraduate students.

Familiarity with current research related to writing, writing development, and writing instructions.

Experience teaching research skills in a library environment.

Experience creating webpages, tutorials, or other technology in the delivery of writing and/or research support services or teaching.


Pre-Employment Screening Requirements

Criminal background check


Attitude and demeanor of all Concordia University employees: As part of a work environment that highly values Christian education, educational excellence and service to students, all members of the community will:

Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.

Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.

Work as a team member in a professional environment.

Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department).

Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, personal hygiene, etc.).