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Writing Centre Specialist, University of Calgary in Qatar

Job ID: 19650

Updated: November 8, 2019

Location: Qatar

Position Overview

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ), branch campus of the University of Calgary, located in the thriving and modern Middle Eastern State of Qatar, offers accredited bachelor and master of nursing degree programs, as well as Foundation courses in English language, sciences, mathematics and academic skills development, to an international student body.

In order to meet a growing demand to support students in the undergraduate and graduate levels, UCQ is currently seeking a Writing Centre Specialist who can start in January 2020.

As a key member of the Learning Commons team and a valued contributor to its mission, the Writing Centre Specialist will support the development and growth of the Writing Centre within the Learning Commons and UCQ academic structure. This individual will also be responsible for providing instruction, primarily through one-on-one tutoring but also through group workshops and/or classroom teaching, to support all UCQ students in transferring their ideas and discoveries to paper. Students will receive assistance in developing a thesis, constructing paragraphs, using grammar, substantiating arguments, citing sources, and generally learning how to communicate in a scholarly voice. The Writing Centre Specialist will work with UCQ faculty and staff partners to develop the service and associated instruction, promote services, and recommend learning resources. Additionally, the Writing Centre Specialist will be responsible for building supportive relationships with students to identify areas for enhancement, learn study and life skills, and create action plans.

Qualifications/Expertise Required:

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of related experience. A combination of education and experience will be considered. Educational background in supporting diverse learners is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the academic writing process
  • Demonstrated excellence in academic writing
  • Familiarity with current research on writing pedagogy
  • Successful collegial and creative approach to service development.
  • Experience in developing and promoting programs in an academic environment an asset.
  • Experience with retention and remedial strategies to support academic skills and self-efficacy
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students of all ages, academic backgrounds, and cultural heritages
  • Professional teaching experience, preferably with adults, in a non-native English-speaking environment is an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in a scholarly environment
  • Ability to work productively in a framework of operations that fully respects the laws, practices, culture and religion of Qatar

Compensation Package

All successful candidates can look forward to an attractive expatriate compensation package.


Application Deadline:  

Please immediately submit your application online, and include a cover letter that will indicate your reason for applying, and why we should consider you a strong candidate for this role.  Qualified applicants for Fall Term can expect to be contacted immediately.  This job posting will close on November 22, 2019


Please note:

  • Applications submitted through the general inquiries e-mail address will likely not be considered;
  • Preference will be given to Canadian passport holders and Permanent Residents of Canada; and,
  • Due to expected volume of applications, we can only contact shortlisted candidates.

Successful candidates will be required to provide copies of their passports (valid 6 months prior to travel), police clearance, academic/professional credentials, and marriage and birth certificates (for those travelling with a family).  Appointment is contingent on the successful completion of the State of Qatar visa process.

Please visit our website to know more about the University of Calgary in Qatar


Additional Information

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here.


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