Grinnell Chamber

Writing Center Assistant

Full time
Posted: 02/25/2021
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources


Grinnell College seeks candidates for a full-time professional instructor in the Writing, Reading, and Speaking Center. We are especially interested in applicants who can demonstrate an ability to teach public speaking and/or to teach science writing. People of color and members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy are particularly encouraged to apply. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their readiness to teach in an undergraduate, liberal-arts environment that emphasizes student-faculty interaction and values a diverse student body, including minoritized and first-generation students, international students, and students with disabilities. To be assured of full consideration, application materials should be received by April 1.


  • Teach writing, reading, and speaking skills and processes in sessions with individual students.
  • Teach writing, reading, and speaking skills and processes in credit-bearing courses and in workshops and presentations across the disciplines.
  • Collaborate with faculty teaching writing.
  • Participate in writing assessment activities.
  • Maintain session records.
  • Pursue professional development in writing center pedagogy.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Skilled at guiding and encouraging college students at any stage of the composing process—preparing, planning, drafting, revising—to develop, organize, and effectively convey ideas and arguments.
  • Familiar with a range of academic subjects and conventions of writing and speaking; able and willing to learn the basics of unfamiliar conventions and genres.
  • Able to teach individuals and groups in multiple modalities, including online.
  • Able to work successfully with minimal supervision.
  • Able to communicate clearly and collaborate productively with students, colleagues, and faculty.
  • BA or BS, any field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest and experience in teaching public speaking and oral communication skills and/or science writing.
  • Experience teaching or tutoring in college or university writing centers.
  • Familiar with writing center pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting underrepresented populations in higher education.
  • Experience working with students from a range of racial, socioeconomic, cultural, national, and linguistic backgrounds.
  • MA or terminal degree in Composition Studies, Rhetoric, Writing Studies, English, Education, or other relevant field.

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