Associate Vice Provost
University of California Davis
United States

Associate Vice Provost, The Writing Center

Job #JPF05280

Application Window

Open date: October 3, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 30, 2022 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

The inaugural Associate Vice Provost, The Writing Center will lead a new office whose singular focus is to enhance writing support at UC Davis. This director will have the opportunity to build The Writing Center in collaboration with faculty and staff from across the campus, all of whom are aligned in their mission to meet the needs of our diverse students and to do so at a moment when the university is developing its identity as an Hispanic Serving Institution with very high research activity. In this respect, The Writing Center’s leader will not only be building a new center from the ground up, but also advancing a key goal from Chancellor Gary May’s university strategic plan, which calls for “bold steps to close gaps in academic outcomes for students from underrepresented, first generation, and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The Writing Center is situated on the top floor of a newly constructed state-of-the-art teaching complex at the heart of campus. As a new unit within the university’s Office of Undergraduate Education, The Writing Center will be integral to campus planning and programming efforts to improve success and achieve equitable outcomes for all students, both graduate and undergraduate. The Writing Center will equally contribute to the Office of Undergraduate Education’s support of graduate students and faculty in their mission of providing an outstanding undergraduate education. With new facilities to work from and a central administrative appointment, the inaugural director of The Writing Center will be well-positioned to work with students, faculty, and staff in all colleges and disciplines to develop their own writing as well as their writing instruction.

The Associate Vice Provost, The Writing Center at the University of California, Davis reports directly to the Vice Provost and Dean for the Office of Undergraduate Education. The position will carry with it an academic appointment in a relevant department. The position is open to tenured or tenure-track faculty qualified for the rank of associate or full professor in the University of California. The position will come with reduced teaching in a home academic department during the period of appointment. The position will include the opportunity to continue and advance scholarly research in a chosen field. The Associate Vice Provost, The Writing Center will find committed collaborators in the vibrant community of writing scholars at UC Davis.

The Associate Vice Provost, The Writing Center’s primary responsibility will be to provide strategic vision and operational guidance for the newly launched center. This will include developing and leading a staff of writing support professionals to create and deliver student-facing services including peer tutoring, faculty-focused workshops and resources for instructors in the departments and programs that deliver the university’s writing curriculum, as well as activities that extend and intensify efforts in Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines. The new center’s facilities include event space, creating a venue for cultivating campus writing culture with The Writing Center as its nucleus. Because The Writing Center is new, moreover, the inaugural leader will have the chance to work with students, faculty, and staff to establish the full scope of its role, building upon a solid foundation of instructional excellence and staff partnership, as well as a recent history of campus-wide planning to improve writing support at every level.

The Associate Vice Provost, The Writing Center will partner with faculty and staff from across campus to ensure optimal alignment between student support coming from The Writing Center and writing instruction and research coming from the University Writing Program, the Departments of English, Comparative Literature, Native American Studies, and additional departments that devote considerable resources and attention to such teaching and research. Further, this Associate Vice Provost will convene a university writing council charged with helping to ensure equitable outcomes for students both in the center’s support operations and in classes that teach writing, wherever those may occur across our colleges and professional schools. In this way, The Writing Center and its leader will constitute a key point of contact for consultation and collaboration around writing, bringing together key constituencies and interested parties from diverse areas of campus.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D in Education, English, Rhetoric and Composition, or related field
  • Qualification for Academic Senate appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level at UC Davis
  • Leadership, management or administrative track record with prior experience that might include chairing a large academic department or overseeing a writing center or academic support center within a complex university environment
  • Experience developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships among stakeholders and partners across a university campus
  • Strategic planning experience to administer and develop policies and procedures relating to budget, organizational, project and facilities management
  • Program evaluation and change management experience to examine work processes and organizational structures for development or revision to accommodate change requirements
  • Interest in, understanding of, and commitment to enhancing diversity by serving groups that are under-represented in the academy
  • Track record of scholarly publication and teaching commensurate with rank
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience mentoring faculty and graduate students in the instruction of writing
  • Knowledge of and experience with Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing in the Disciplines (WID) and related approaches, especially as they relate to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience with conflict resolution, working across faculty, staff, and student constituencies
  • Experience effectively integrating Writing Center (or comparable unit) activities at a research-intensive institution

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, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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Davis, CA

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