Baruch College Writing Center seeks Multilingual Writing Support Specialist

| July 9, 2014

The Baruch College Writing Center seeks a Multilingual Writing Support Specialist to join its vibrant and engaged staff of writers and teachers.

Baruch College’s students are linguistically diverse. They include students who are bilingual and multilingual, international students, and students from multilingual communities and backgrounds within the US.  Many are in the process of acquiring English, or use of varieties of world Englishes. The Writing Center values this linguistic diversity, and the many linguistic, rhetorical, experiential, and cultural resources our students bring to the Baruch community.

The Multilingual Writing Support Specialist will have three main charges: to directly support students via one-to-one consultations; to develop new small-group programming geared particularly to the needs of multilingual and ELL writers, such as workshops and writing groups; and to support our staff of professional consultants in their work with writers from diverse linguistic backgrounds through one-to-one meetings, group workshops, resource collection, etc.

Required qualifications include:

·      an MA, MAEd, or PhD (or current candidacy with significant work toward degree) in TEFL, TESOL, Linguistics, Composition/Writing Studies, or related field (such as bilingual education);

·      experience supporting college-level writers from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds;

·      a solid background in current multilingual writing theory and pedagogy;

·      enthusiasm, curiosity, humility, and a sense of humor.

Preferred qualifications include:

·      writing center experience;

·      classroom teaching experience;

·      experience and training in formal first-year composition or other curriculum-based writing programs;

·      basic familiarity with the scholarship of writing centers, rhetoric and composition, educational diversity, and/or writing across the curriculum.

We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.

Appointments will be for 15 hours per week (225 hours per semester) at the Non-Teaching Adjunct I rate of $38.91/hr. Winter and summer hours will likely be available, for 75 hours and 175 hours respectively. Re-appointments are available semesterly based on satisfactory performance and budget availability. Appointments will begin late August 2014.

Please electronically submit a C.V., a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and approaches to working with student writers, a separate sheet outlining your availability for the upcoming semester, and the contact information for three references to:

Keri Bertino

Director, Baruch College Writing Center

Please write “Multilingual Writing Support Specialist Application” in the subject line. Please note that cover letters are read carefully for evidence of reflection, engagement, and expertise, and will be an important means for selecting candidates for interviews.

No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately.