Job posting || English as an Additional Language (EAL) Writing Support Specialist | University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba/Academic Learning Centre is hiring a new Instructor. The position closes on February 20, 2015.

Academic Learning Centre/Student Academic Success

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Writing Support Specialist

The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) invites applications to position #19923 for an Instructor I (probationary), commencing April 1, 2015. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Academic Learning Centre, a unit within Student Affairs/Student Academic Success, provides academic support for UM undergraduate and graduate students in writing and study skills as well as through Supplemental Instruction. ALC instructors work with all UM students. They see students in one-to-one consultations, develop workshops and seminars, and produce resource materials (online workshops, handouts).

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition or a similar degree as well as a specialization in TESL or should have significant experience teaching adults English as an additional language, as well as working with undergraduate and graduate university students one-to-one or in the classroom. Excellent written and oral communication with a solid understanding of English grammar and sentence structure is required.
The UM is a multilingual campus with a significant proportion of students who speak English as an additional language or who are English language learners (ELL). The EAL Writing Specialist will primarily work with EAL students, but will also be asked to see other UM students, develop and give undergraduate and graduate workshops, and assist in the day-to-day operation of the centre.

The person in this position is expected to develop a familiarity with the genre conventions in a variety of disciplines (e.g., Biology, Geography, Business and Engineering) and should have a strong background in writing at the graduate level. ALC instructor positions require a high degree of initiative, an ability to work collaboratively with faculty, instructors, staff and students in diverse environments, and a strong commitment to student learning and student success. Weekend and evening work is required at certain times of the year.

– Master’s degree in Second Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition or another closely related field with a specialization in TESOL.
– Experience working with undergraduate and graduate EAL students one-to-one or in the classroom on academic writing at a university or college.
– Experience with both graduate and undergraduate-level genre conventions.
– Familiarity with scholarship on EAL and multilingual writing.
– Excellent communication (both oral and written) with a solid understanding of English grammar and sentence structure.
– Experience working in a writing centre
– Experience learning an additional language
– Experience in an intercultural environment

Applications for this position must quote position # and include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and two samples of academic writing. The application package should be sent to

Miriam Unruh
Academic Learning Centre
The University of Manitoba
Room 201 Tier Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Closing date for applications to be received is February 20, 2015. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). If you are granted an interview an on-site writing exercise will be part of the interview process.

The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and genders. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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