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Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

The University of Michigan invites applications for the position of faculty director of the Sweetland Center for Writing. The new director will be an outstanding scholar, teacher, and administrator, who qualifies for a tenured faculty appointment in a relevant department at the rank of associate or full professor. Candidates will possess a record of innovative and collaborative leadership experience, as well as a distinguished record of research and teaching in writing studies, rhetoric, digital and multimodal composition, English and education, or a related field. The directorship is a five-year renewable appointment; like other chairs and directors in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), the Sweetland director has reduced teaching in the home academic department(s) during the period of the appointment.

Application review will begin September 28, 2018 for an expected start date of July 1, 2019 for the directorship and 9/1/2019 for the tenure-track appointment. This is a university-year appointment.

Applicants must submit a detailed letter describing their qualifications for and interest in the position, a curriculum vitae (including names and addresses of three references), and a sample publication (not to exceed 25 pages) at the The College of Literature, Science, & the Arts is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we encourage applicants to comment on how their research, teaching, and/or administrative experience will enhance our efforts to support these values and the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. The University of Michigan is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Undergradute Writing Tutors

Our Writing Workshop is staffed by U-M Sweetland faculty and our Peer Writing Centers are staffed by U-M undergraduate students through our Peer Writing Consultation Program. Because of the way these services are structured, we currently do not offer independent tutoring positions or employ graduate students in these positions. 

If you are an undergradute student at U-M interested in working at our Peer Writing Centers, please see our Peer Writing Consultant Program page for details on becoming a paid Writing Consultant. Starting pay is $11/hr with opportunities for raises as well as other paid tutoring opportunites. Consultants generally work 6-10 hours/week with opportunities for additional hours.

Undergraduate Student Positions (Work-Study)

Sweetland offers two types of employment for U-M undergraduate work-study students:

  • Peer Writing Center Receptionists are based in our main Peer Writing Center in Angell Hall G219. The current pay rate is $10/hr. Hours of employment fall within the Peer Writing Center hours of operation with students working approximately 10 hours/week.
  • Sweetland Center for Writing Office Assistants work out of our faculty offices in 1310 North Quad. The current pay rate is $9.50/hr with students working approximately 10 hours/week. Hours of employment fall within Writing Workshop hours of operation.

Chat Cafe: Casual Conversation Group Leaders

Chat Cafe Group Leaders are undergraduate students who are interested in leading intercultural conversations, learning more about language acquisition, and get to know international and multilingual students at U-M. Chat Cafe Group Leaders enroll in the one-credit Writing 302: Global Communication and facilitate weekly group meetings with up to seven participants. After taking 302, Leaders may be asked to return in a paid capacity. The current pay rate is $11/hr. Hours vary.

Undergraduate Internships

We offer Sweetland Summer Internships to graduating Sweetland Minor in Writing students and Peer Writing Consultants. Interns are paid $12/hr and work 15-20 hours/week. More information below.

Applicants must be 2018 graduates or seniors in Fall 2018 and have completed Writing 220 or Writing 301. Interns work 15-20 hours per week between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, and earn $12/hour.

Interns work closely with each other and Sweetland staff and faculty on several writing center initiatives, which may include but are not limited to: 

  • visiting classes and campus organizations to promote Sweetland services; 
  • collaborating on special projects (e.g. audio and video podcasts, text for website, Peer Writing Consultant Program materials, Minor in Writing materials, online writing and tutoring resources, etc.); and 
  • and other projects dependent on the interns’ specific interests and skills. 

Some general office work, such as filing and making copies, may also be required. 

Desired qualifications
Interns should possess excellent oral and written communication skills; be able to multitask, prioritize, think creatively, take initiative, work both independently and collaboratively, and be proactive, innovative, organized, and intellectually curious. 

Strong interest in composition studies and writing center work, good design sense, and strong new media skills are required. Experience conducting research is desired. Familiarity with some of the following applications preferred: Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Apps, and iMovie.

How to apply
Complete the following application

Deadline to apply: April 9, 2018 8am. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. All applicants will be notified of our decisions by Friday, April 27, 2018.

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• Visit the LSA Opportunity Hub for more writing-related internships currently available. •