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Writing Resources Specialist - StAAR Center
Tufts University

Date Posted Jun. 25, 2021
Title Writing Resources Specialist - StAAR Center
University Tufts University
Medford\/Somerville, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Educational Services

This is an academic year position, working 44 weeks per year.

The Student Accessibility and Academic Resource (StAAR) Center provides programs, services and resources to support instruction, enhance student academic success, provide support for students with disabilities, and retain a diverse student body. The StAAR Center provides academic resources for students outside of the classroom, including academic coaching, writing support, subject-area tutoring, and workshops to help students engage more deeply and collaboratively in their learning process and growth. Additionally, the Center is responsible for providing collegiate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. StAAR also educates and informs faculty of their obligations and responsibilities to students with disabilities and advocates on behalf of students through university-wide initiatives and awareness education. The StAAR Center works closely with faculty, staff, and other University stakeholders to provide tutoring, workshops, academic programs and accommodations designed to support all students throughout their Tufts experience, including those with specific needs.

Reporting to the Program Director of Writing Support and Engagement, the Writing Resources Specialist will provide a range of writing-related academic and administrative support, with a concentrated focus on coordinating the Writing Fellows Program, which pairs undergraduate peer writing tutors with specific courses across the curriculum to provide dedicated, mandatory one-to-one writing engagement. The Writing Resources Specialist will oversee or coordinate all aspects of the Writing Fellows program, including recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new writing fellows; running the new writing fellows orientation training in August/September and bi-monthly trainings for all writing fellows during the academic year; teaching a full-credit writing pedagogy seminar for 16 – 20 new writing fellows; mentoring and supervising approximately 45 writing fellows; running all logistical and quality assurance aspects of the program; recruiting courses for the program; and co-developing WF faculty pedagogy workshops along with the Program Director. In addition to responsibilities related to the Writing Fellows program, the Writing

Resources Specialist will read and respond to session reports for both the Writing Fellows and the Graduate Writing Consultant programs, oversee the implementation of orientation workshops for all incoming first-year students, assist the Program Director with training and observations of Graduate Writing Consultants, manage writing accountability groups and retreats, and offer one-to-one writing consultant appointments. (Please note: The Writing Fellows pedagogy seminar is scheduled to be taught in Fall 2021 on Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00pm, September 9 – December 9. Pre-semester training week is scheduled for daytime hours August 31 – September 3, and orientation workshops for incoming students will take place on Saturday, September 4. Some evenings and weekends will be required for this position, and there is a possibility of multi-campus engagement.)

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