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Writing Centre Specialist, University of Calgary in Qatar

Job ID: 23910

Updated: September 30, 2021

Location: Qatar

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Position Overview

The University of Calgary opened its first overseas branch campus with generous financial support from the State of Qatar and began delivering undergraduate nursing programs in the Fall of 2007. As a member of our University of Calgary in Qatar team you will play a significant role in the next phase of the internationalization of the University of Calgary.

We are looking for highly adaptable people, who are open to learning and experiencing new cultures, who have a commitment to excellence in international post-secondary education, and who can thrive in a dynamic environment. All University of Calgary in Qatar employees receive competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and enjoy a positive, family centered work environment in a country with one of the world's strongest economies. The State of Qatar provides a safe living environment and its location presents countless opportunities to travel and explore. This is truly an opportunity not to be missed - an adventure of a lifetime.

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) is currently seeking a Writing Center Specialist.

The Writing Centre Specialist reports to the Director, Student and Enrolment Services. Working conditions are moderately stressful given the high volume of work, the need for accuracy, and the high impact of error.

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, using APA guidelines for referencing and formatting purposes, 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.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Meet individually with students to identify areas in their written assignments that need improvement to help them understand the requirements of university-level writing and develop the appropriate skills in grammar, structure, argumentation, and referencing
  • Aid students in establishing where they are in the writing process and enable them to move through the required subsequent stages
  • Encourage students to steadily gain knowledge, ability, and confidence in scholarly writing and reading
  • Promote awareness of academic integrity by teaching students to avoid plagiarism
  • Develop learning plans and/or educational interventions for students requiring additional or enhanced support in partnership with appropriate specialists and peer support networks

Instruction

  • Integrate programming with the Nursing and Foundation Programs
  • Develop and deliver:
    • Workshops to UCQ students on relevant academic and writing-related topics
    • Promotional presentations about writing centre services for student orientation and in classes
    • Assignment and course-related instruction for guest lectures in classes
    • Course content that integrates academic reading and writing skills into the curriculum
    • Peer mentor programming in collaboration with part-time student employees working as Peer Mentors in the Writing Centre

Administration

  • Support Director, Student and Enrolment Services in the development of Writing Centre policies and procedures, including strategic direction
  • Contribute to meetings with Learning Commons team members, Foundation Program partners, interdepartmental teams, and other faculty and staff members
  • Maintain records and statistics of all student interactions with the Writing Centre (appointments, drop-ins, workshops, classroom instruction) in the development and ongoing support of the Learning Commons’ annual and strategic goals

Research and Development

  • Stay current on best practices in writing centers, second-language acquisition, and/or student learning and motivation
  • Post-secondary remediation for non-traditional students
  • Consult with faculty and staff to identify their expectations and requirements in assignments and common writing challenges of their students in order to determine potential solutions
  • Create learning tools, such as handouts and web content

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of related experience; a combination of education and experience will be considered. Educational and experiential background in supporting diverse learners is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the academic writing process and 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 is 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.
     

Compensation Package

All successful candidates will receive attractive compensation, including:

  • competitive salary + overseas living allowance
  • generous vacation days entitlement
  • annual airfare trips on contracts of two years or more
  • transportation and communication allowances
  • fully furnished accommodations with paid utilities (except internet, phone, and TV)
  • school fees for children up to 18 years of age, for up to 3 children
  • expatriate healthcare plan

In addition to the above, University of Calgary in Qatar employees enjoy a positive, family centered work environment in a country with one of the world's strongest economies. The State of Qatar provides a safe living environment and its location presents countless opportunities to travel and explore. This is truly an opportunity not to be missed - an adventure of a lifetime.

Application Deadline:

All employment applications must be submitted online through our career page, preferably no later than October 30, 2021.  Also, due to anticipated high volume:

  • Applications submitted through the general inquiries e-mail address will likely not be considered; and,
  • Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted; and
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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;
  • Successful candidates will be required to obtain licensure in Qatar through the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners (QCHP). UCQ will provide assistance in the application process for licensing.

Please visit our website to know more about the University of Calgary in Qatar:  http://www.qatar.ucalgary.ca

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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