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Associate Director, UC San Diego Seventh College Synthesis Program (Academic Coordinator II - FY/ Lecturer)

Position overview

Position title: Academic Coordinator

Application Window

Open date: October 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Program Overview
The Synthesis Program invites students to engage in an anti-racist curriculum that challenges them to look at large-scale global issues such as the climate crisis from an interdisciplinary and critical perspective. The curriculum asks students to deconstruct the tools of academic and public discourse to form strategies for addressing the planet’s intersecting local and global ecological, socioeconomic, and political changes. The Synthesis Program is a three-course sequence. Students take the writing-intensive courses SYN 1 and 2 during their first two years and SYN 100, a project-based course, as an upper-division requirement. Collectively these courses satisfy the University of California writing requirements for undergraduates and ensure that Seventh College students learn the skills needed to be engaged citizens on a changing planet.

Position Overview
The Associate Director serves as one of the administrative coordinators (AC) for the Synthesis program responsible for the day-to-day oversight and administration of the required lower-division courses. A successful candidate will have experience and knowledge of teaching writing and who has experience in curriculum development/implementation/assessment. The AC works closely with college administrators and related college and university programs, such as the Writing Hub, the Engaged Teaching Hub, OASIS, and the office of Academic Integrity, to ensure that students have the necessary resources for succeeding in their Synthesis courses. Finally, the AC is responsible for increasing the visibility and understanding of the program on campus as well as within the national field of Writing Studies and Composition.

Core areas of responsibility: co-curricular program development, pedagogical support (curriculum support, teaching assistant supervision), and teaching. Curriculum Design/Pedagogical Support. The AC Collaborate with Synthesis Program Director and instructional staff on the design/review/assessment for SYN 1 and SYN 2 writing projects, lesson plans and learning outcomes for all Synthesis courses. Coordinates with instructional staff to manage content for Learning Management system (Canvas) and oversees student portfolios. Coordinates with Director to assess program outcomes using appropriate tools and technology. Liaisons with relevant campus academic student services and departments related to undergraduate instruction. Assists Director with observation of lecturer performance in sections, followed by debriefing meeting full scope of curricular and academic management and support toward student success. This position requires working closely with Seventh College Students, Staff, and faculty to integrate the curricular and co-curricular aspects of College life; and for participating in various college and campus-wide events and committees. Cultivates an inclusive and accessible learning environment.

The Associate Director will teach 1 course per quarter (in the title of Lecturer) in the Synthesis Program (this includes SYN 1, 2, 150). May include opportunities to teach SYN 100, our project-based learning course. Assists Director with instructor recruitment. Co-designs/administers/facilitates lecturer orientations and weekly meetings. Supports best practices in pedagogy and project preparation.

This is a fiscal-year (12-month) appointment with eligibility for continued appointment per UC guidelines. The AC appointment is eligible for reappointment and merit every 2 years. As the Associate Director, there will also be a lecturing component to this role. With these two positions combined appointment percentages will be variable, dependent on teaching load in any given quarter.

Hiring Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, based on UC Pay scales

Both positions are appointed by the Dean of Undergraduate Education and reports to the Director of The Synthesis Program. The College Provost is the Department Chair.

Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

Letters of recommendation will be required at the time of interview.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-Ph.D. or terminal degree in Writing Studies, Rhetoric, English, Educational Studies, Linguistics, or a related field

Preferred qualifications

-Experience in curricular planning and development
-Knowledge of best-practices, theories and pedagogies in the field of writing and composition or related fields
-Demonstrated experience and commitment in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity in an academic setting. UCSD is committed to building an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and student body and invites applications from candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

3 letters of recommendation

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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Job location

La Jolla, California