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Associate Director, Communication Studies

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Academic Administration, Full Time, Trainers & Educators



In order to continue writing center support of general education objective #2, “Communicate effectively in writing, orally and through creative expression,” and enhance our commitment to the university value of diversity and inclusion, the University Writing Center (UWC) seeks to continue its support of student oral communication and multimedia skills. The UWC conducts approximately 6,000 hours of individualized writing tutorials each year and offers specialized writing initiatives for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates, including multi- and single day workshops, speakers, lunchtime presentations and writing retreats.


The Oral Communication Consultants program has grown dramatically across the last several years. UDWC’s data on student usage, input from faculty and students at UD, as well as contemporary trends in writing centers nationwide, suggest that the UWC should enhance our commitment to multimodal approaches, multimedia training, and multiliteracy learning and expand our ability to support clear communication across disciplines. . To continue current support for students’ multimodal composing, we are seeking an Associate Director for Multimedia Communication.


Under the supervision of the Director, the Associate Director will help develop and deliver multimedia communication programming, prepare and mentor the undergraduate oral communication consultants, and contribute to the preparation and mentoring of writing tutors in multimodal and multiliteracy tutoring. The Associate Director will teach classes in the Communication Department and collaborate on the day-to-day leadership of the UWC. The Associate Director may hold a secondary faculty affiliation in the Department of Communication.



  • Assess university needs for support of students’ learning of multimodal communication skills.
  • Implement and evaluate programming that addresses student learning of multimodal communication skills.
  • Liaise with the Department of Communication to ensure that OCC services continue to support the department’s undergraduate course offerings.
  • Develop, manage, and communicate formal reports on OCC assessment data each year to Director of the Writing Center for inclusion in the center’s annual report.
  • Provide ongoing leadership of the Oral Communication Consultants through
    • participation in daily writing center supervision at both sites
    • provide tutor development at regular staff meetings
    • participation in pre-semester graduate tutor training
    • participation in weekly writing center leadership staff meetings.
  • Identify existing and develop new resource materials for use in oral communication, multimodal, and multiliteracy tutorials.
  • Mentor oral communication consultants presenting at regional writing center and communication conferences.
  • Develop and deliver student and faculty workshops related to oral communication and multimedia communication skills (i.e., help with courses, academic, and professional conferences).
  • Represent the UWC at campus events and meetings.
  • Create and maintain OCC tutoring schedule.
  • Oversee OCC attendance for tutorial hours and at writing center meetings.
  • Collaborate with other UWC directors to provide on-site day-to-day supervision.
  • Serve as summer supervisor of all UWC tutorial services.
  • Develop a plan to facilitate multimodal and multimedia training activities for UWC staff.
  • Teach up to two classes each year in the Department of Communication, including the OCC preparation course.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Communication or related field and three years of experience in the administration of a college-level writing center, multiliteracy center, or communication center, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience teaching public speaking/oral communication to undergraduates preferred.
  • Ability to train and teach student consultants and undergraduate students on audience analysis, nonverbal communication foundations, presentation skills, and evaluation of student presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, problem solving abilities, initiative, and written and spoken communication expertise.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver oral, written, and visual presentations to a variety of audiences and multiple venues, using different media.
  • Ability to assess academic program needs to create and tailor oral communication training, online tutorials, and instruction for high-demand areas of need.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative environment and to work in a collegial fashion with peers in other organizational units.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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