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Writing across the Curriculum Specialist, OCAD University (deadline: August 24th)

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC), and receiving day-to-day supervision from the Senior Educational Developer (Curriculum), the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Specialist is responsible for coordinating and supporting the implementation of OCAD University’s undergraduate Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative to ensure students meet the standards in the OCAD U Framework for undergraduate writing competency, working collaboratively with members of the Writing Across the Curriculum Steering Committee, and staff in the Writing & Learning Centre and Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre. The WAC Specialist will also contribute to advances in writing pedagogy and WAC scholarship.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the Senior Educational Developer (Curriculum) and the WAC Steering Committee, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the university-wide WAC Initiative as outlined in the WAC Implementation Plan
  • Working with the Faculties, and in collaboration with the Writing in the Disciplines Fellows (faculty members who support implementation of the initiative in their Faculty), develop expertise in and document the discipline-specific writing requirements of OCAD U undergraduate programs
  • In collaboration with the Writing in the Disciplines Fellows and Senior Educational Developer (Curriculum), plan and carry out the course development process for the WAC course stream
  • Collaborate with faculty on writing assignment design to advance best practices and support alignment of writing-specific course learning outcomes with OCAD U’s Framework for undergraduate writing competency
  • Design and deliver faculty professional development workshops and other training resources to advance best practices in writing pedagogy and to support the use of the Framework for undergraduate writing competency
  • Develop discipline-specific writing resources for faculty and students
  • Integrate best practices in English language learning into course development and related writing resources as guided by the English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist
  • In consultation with the Writing & Learning Consultant, develop, coordinate and deliver classroom-based student writing workshops to support the WAC course stream.
  • Coordinate the on-going evaluation of the WAC Initiative; supervise the day-to-day work of Research Assistant(s) as required
  • Develop and implement a communications plan for the WAC Initiative and coordinate outreach initiatives to advance the WAC Initiative and foster a culture of writing at OCAD U
  • Serve as an active member of the WAC Steering Committee, following up on action items and initiating or supporting projects to advance the initiative where appropriate; participate on other relevant permanent or ad-hoc University committees, as required
  • Develop and maintain WAC web content
  • Prepare annual program reports and other program documentation
  • In collaboration with the Coordinator, Writing and Learning Services, ensure alignment between the WAC Initiative and WLC programs and resources; deliver WLC program staff training to build capacity to support the initiative through student programs.
  • Maintain currency in advances and trends in writing pedagogy and Writing Across the Curriculum scholarship, with an emphasis on art and design education; conduct related research, maintain a scholarly writing practice and participate in academic and professional conferences and associations
  • Assist the Director in other related duties that contribute to the successful operation of the WLC and support the Centre’s strategic objectives


  • Graduate degree in a related field (i.e. Rhetoric, Social Sciences, Humanities), or equivalent; PhD. preferred
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in post-secondary education, including a minimum of three (3) years working in a university writing centre coordinating programs to enhance student writing, or equivalent
  • Experience developing undergraduate writing initiatives to integrate writing instruction within courses and programs
  • Record of quality teaching at the post-secondary level as well as course development experience
  • Prior experience working within the curricular context of a visual art and design educational institution is desirable
  • Excellent academic and professional writing skills with knowledge of different writing genres and disciplines; familiarity with art and design writing genres a strong asset
  • Strong knowledge of writing pedagogy, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and writing in the disciplines theory and practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill, and experience with university-level teaching, administration, program planning, facilitation, consultation, project management, and curriculum development
  • Demonstrated experience producing educational resources, handouts, and curriculum materials
  • Familiarity with program evaluation methodologies and experience developing and implementing program evaluation plans
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, and a demonstrated ability exercise tact, sound judgment and commitment to confidentiality
  • Experience in successfully meeting deadlines and managing complex projects; demonstrated attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles and practices of equity, anti-racism, and accessibility
  • Engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning (through publications and presentations) with a well-developed knowledge of educational research methodologies
  • Strong computer skills, including a high degree of facility in the use of all Microsoft Office applications; familiarity with graphic design and multi-media technologies and the use of Web 2.0 and other teaching and learning technologies; knowledge of the Canvas Learning Management System by Instructure or other learning management systems is an asset

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week

Compensation: $58,529.81 to $76,923.92 per annum, plus benefits

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on August 24, 2016 and will continue until filled. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be asked to submit a writing sample or evidence of writing program development and implementation

As an employer committed to the principles of employment equity, we encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientation or gender identity.

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (2015) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). To request accommodation during the recruitment process, pleasecontact Human Resources. For more information, please refer to OCAD U’s policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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