Positions Available: IWCA Event Chair 2018

Looking for ways to be more involved in the International Writing Centers Association and to invigorate your writing center work? Consider chairing an IWCA event!

We are now accepting applications for two event chair positions for 2018:

(1) Chair the IWCA 2018 conference in Atlanta, Georgia in October. The conference chair works closely with the IWCA VP and board to coordinate all aspects of the annual conference. Among other things, conference chairs craft the conference theme, help select the keynote speaker, arrange readers for conference proposals, handle registrations, and set the conference schedule. Responsibilities for the chair are spelled out in our conference guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5zFb-2nC1LnTEdvVDFDbFlidjA/view?usp=sharing. This is a one-year commitment. (Two people can apply together to co-chair this event if desired.)

(2) Co-chair the IWCA 2018 Collaborative in Kansas City in March. This conference chair also works closely with the IWCA VP and board to coordinate all aspects of the annual one-day event. Among other things, conference chairs craft the collaborative theme, arrange readers for conference proposals, handle registrations, and set the schedule. This person will work with Lauri Dietz in 2018 and agree to co-chair the Collaborative in 2019 in Pittsburgh; thus, this is a two-year commitment.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please write a brief letter (no more than 2 pages) detailing your ideas for the event, any relevant experience, and any institutional support that might be available for you as you take on one of these roles. Please only apply for one position. Submit your letter to Jackie Grutsch McKinney (jrmckinney@bsu.edu) by April 15, 2017. Appointments will be decided by the IWCA executive board and Conferences and Institute committee.

Jackie Grutsch McKinney, IWCA VP

Job Posting || Writing Services Associate, SFU

The SFU Student Learning Commons is looking for a Writing Services Associate. This is a full-time, 3-year term position. The successful candidate is responsible for coordinating writing workshops and associated services, primarily for undergraduate students. Most of our writing workshops are classroom-integrated, and many of those support SFU’s writing-in-the-disciplines requirement. The Writing Associate also works with the Writing Services Coordinator.

To access the Job Description and Job Details, go to SFU’s Human Resources page for APSA postings and scroll down to WRITING SERVICES ASSOCIATE II, GRADE 8 – Competition #120.

Job Posting || Professor, Creative Writing, Sheridan College, Mississauga

From the posting:


Faculty/Department: Humanities and Social Sciences

Employee Group: Academic

Campus: Hazel McCallion Campus (May be assigned activities at any Sheridan campus)

Reference Number: 17/F/20

Application Deadline: March 26, 2017
Start Date: August 2017

Salary Range: $61,638 – $106,853 (based on relevant educational qualifications and experience)


As Sheridan moves towards its vision of becoming Canada’s leading undergraduate teaching university, the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program, within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is seeking a professor who will be responsible for curriculum leadership in the area of Creative Writing. The incumbent will be also be expected to teach a range of introductory courses in literary studies and communications, including composition and rhetoric. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of creative writing publications, ideally in fiction and at least one additional genre (non-fiction, poetry, etc.), and should be committed to working in a team environment that supports distinctive programming.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that program and course curricula are current, relevant and reflective of best practices within the relevant professional/program disciplines
  • Defining, evaluating and validating learning outcomes for courses and programs
  • Creating an effective environment for applied learning which accommodates students’ diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, experiences and learning styles
  • Designing appropriate strategies and tools for facilitating and assessing student learning that are invitational and reflective of best practices in teaching and learning
  • Developing appropriate strategies and tools to assess student performance that are consistent with the learning outcomes of the course and address multiple learning styles
  • Developing multi-media materials and alternative delivery strategies, and incorporating appropriate educational technologies into the applied learning process


  • Master’s in Creative Writing, or PhD in a related field, required;
  • Demonstrated record of published creative writing, with two or more genres in portfolio preferred;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level, with three to five years of experience preferred;
  • Willingness to develop an applied research program or engage with undergraduate research;
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrable ability to convey the conceptual and applied aspects of knowledge to a broad range of students;
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and to working within a team environment.


Job Posting || Acting Director for the Writing Centre, University College, University of Toronto


Acting Director for the Writing Centre, University College, University of Toronto

Posting title and description: Acting Director for the Writing Centre, University College, University of Toronto
University College at the University of Toronto invites applications for a one year, part-time (40%) appointment as the Acting Director of the University College Writing Centre (UCWC). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and will commence on July 1, 2017, ending on June 30, 2018.

The University College Writing Centre offers one-on-one writing assistance to UC students and to students in UC programs. It also offers skills workshops on various aspects of writing and supports writing development in UC programs. The Acting Director of the Writing Centre will provide academic administration of the centre and also undertake direct writing instruction.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment or equivalent professional, creative, or instructional experience in a relevant field and have demonstrated excellence in teaching and pedagogy. Experience in university level writing instruction is required; experience teaching in a writing centre and administrative experience are considered assets. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through a teaching dossier submitted as part of the application and contact with referees. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties of the Acting Director include, but are not limited to, providing academic administrative leadership for the UCWC; forming and leading a team of writing instructors; collaborating with UC program directors and instructors on assignment design and the delivery of writing instruction in UC program courses; and collaborating with other writing centre directors on the delivery of group workshops and other common initiatives.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto have both a collegiate and departmental structure. University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of over 4600 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world. In addition to the Canadian Studies Program, University College sponsors two other interdisciplinary undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending the following to uc.searches@utoronto.ca: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a list of three referees, and relevant materials related to the teaching of writing.

To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be received by Tuesday 21 March 2017.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world. For more information about University College, please visit www.uc.utoronto.ca/; for the Writing Centre, please visit http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/writing-centre.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/ persons of colour, women, Indigenous/ Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.