Associate Director
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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The Associate Director of SAGES is responsible for training and supporting all SAGES faculty generally, and for SAGES Fellows in particular. General responsibilities include participating in selection of SAGES Fellows; leading annual pre-service orientation and training for new SAGES Fellows, as well as an annual pre-service retreat and regular staff meetings for all SAGES Fellows; offering regular mentoring for all SAGES Fellows; coordinating with the Director of Composition, the Director of the Writing Resource Center, and the Instructional Coordinator, SAGES, to ensure that SAGES Fellows are using methods and assignments consistent with the SAGES mission and learning objectives. These tasks will be conducted in close collaboration with the academic administration, particularly the Director of SAGES.

The Associate Director, SAGES, directly supervises 8 full-time SAGES Fellows and as many part-time instructors are needed in a semester.


1. Serve as the acting director of SAGES in the absence of the director.

2. Serve as a professional mentor to SAGES Fellows including conducting annual professional development reviews of fulltime SAGES Fellows to include classroom observations.

3. Participate fully in searches for new SAGES Fellows, including placing ads, reading applications, selecting candidates for interviews, interviewing finalists, and recommending hires.

4. Lead annual pre-service orientation and training for all SAGES Fellows, coordinated with training for new English lecturers.

5. Lead annual pre-service retreat for all SAGES Fellows, coordinated with training for new English lecturers.

6. Lead twice monthly staff meetings for fulltime SAGES Fellows.

7. Lead monthly pedagogical development opportunities for all SAGES faculty.

8. Review materials from SAGES courses to evaluate their consistency with SAGES mission and learning objectives.

9. Support SAGES Faculty by developing an on-line SAGES Teaching Primer with advice on syllabus and assignment design, seminar methodology, and writing assessment.

10. Coordinate monthly programming for SAGES Fellows on topics such as scholarly research, publishing, and job searching and possibly establish works-in-progress colloquia.

11. Participate in annual SAGES writing portfolio reviews.

12. Participate in all SAGES program assessments.

13. Coordinate with the director to identify trends and areas of concerns in teaching evaluations, classroom observations, writing portfolio reviews, and program assessments.

14. Maintain an advanced knowledge and understanding of general education and writing-across-the-curriculum pedagogy.

15. Participate in relevant professional conferences.

16. Identify emerging trends and best practices from peer institutions that may affect the SAGES mission and learning objectives.

17. Assist the Director of Composition, the Director of the Writing Resource Center, and the Instructional Coordinator, SAGES, to develop and revise relevant policies and training programs as needed.

18. Identify and provide for the staffing, training and other resources needed to support all SAGES instruction.

19. Maintain expertise in instructional practice, teach one SAGES course per semester.


Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Daily contact with Director, Instructional Coordinator, and other staff within SAGES.

University: Weekly contact with the Director of Composition and Director of the Writing Resource Center. Monthly contact with UCITE. Quarterly contact with Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans.

External: Monthly contact with peers at other universities.

Students: Occasional contact with work-study students. Daily contact with students in SAGES courses.


Direct supervisory responsibility for full-time SAGES Fellows and additional part-time SAGES instructional staff.


Experience: Requires at least 5 years of experience in teaching writing-intensive/writing-across-the curriculum courses at the university level. Requires prior successful leadership experience in a complex, research-intensive institution.

Education/Licensing: PhD required. Training in rhetoric/composition is preferred.


1. Advanced knowledge of general education curricula, learning objectives, and program assessment.

2. Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with methods of writing instruction and assessment.

3. Advanced knowledge of instructional staff development.

4. Advanced knowledge of preparation of teaching portfolios.

5. Advanced knowledge of writing teaching observation reports.

6. Advanced knowledge of writing portfolio assessment.

7. Advanced knowledge of and practical abilities working with instructional technology, including Blackboard.

8. Advanced analytical skills to analyze course evaluation and program assessment data, as well as to formulate and present conclusions.

9. Advanced interpersonal skills to listen to faculty and student concerns, and apply sound judgment and draw logical conclusions about them.

10. Advanced organizational and multi-tasking skills with attention to details and accuracy.

11. Advanced written and verbal communication skills.

12. Ability to lead and set the tone of all SAGES activities within the university.

13. Ability to make ethical decisions and act with integrity.

14. Ability to interact and communicate professionally with others and to establish meaningful relationships with senior leadership, deans, faculty, and administrators.

15. Ability to produce accurate and timely work products when working under pressure.

16. Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise appropriate discretion with information.

17. Highly motivated with a strong service orientation.

18. Ability to work as part of a team of professionals.


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