Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Writing Studies: Writing Circles (WRIT 110)

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7216706 (Ref.No. 5009800)
Posted: February 12, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Feb 09, 2024
Deadline: Feb 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The Writing Studies Program seeks to hire a per-course faculty member to teach WRIT 110, Writing Circles in the Spring of 2024.

Class meeting days/time to be determined.

Course Description

The .5 credit unit (CU) Writing Circles undergraduate or graduate course consists of facilitated discussion groups of two to four students who meet weekly to peer review their projects at all stages of the process. The instructor facilitates the students' growth as writers and analytical peer collaborators.

Parameters of Instructor's' Work
● Facilitate each Circle for 50 minutes per week, 13 weeks each term, or the equivalent.
● Confer individually with students, as necessary.
● Communicate with professors, as necessary.
● Mentor each other: returning facilitators mentor new facilitators.
● Weekly, contribute to planning meeting for Circle facilitators.
● Monthly, participate in faculty-development sessions and observe other facilitators' Circles.
● As needed, contribute to bank of writing resources in the discipline your Circle students are writing.

● Respond to communications within 24 hours.

● Arrive before start time of Circle, or notify CWAC Desk or Director.
● When absent, arrange for a substitute from among others who are currently teaching or have taught Writing Circles. If a substitute is unavailable, reschedule the missed Circle.

Appointment and Re-appointment
The CWAC Director and Associate Director review letters of application, CVs, recommendations, and student evaluations, if available, and hold interviews. The Director or Associate Director meets annually with each facilitator to discuss Circle student evaluations, materials, and observations. In practice, this discussion has proven to be a generative learning experience. Re-appointment is contingent on successful facilitation of Circles and student demand for Writing Circles.

Course Loads
The number of Circles per instructor is determined by student demand and typically solidified between the second and fourth week of the semester. Instructors are paid a 3.CU course load for every six Circles. This is calculated according to the number of Circles instructed in a given semester:
one Circle = .5 CU course load
two Circles = 1.0 CU course load
three Circles = 1.5 CU course load
four Circles = 2.0 CU course load
five Circles = 2.5 CU course load
six Circles = 3.0 CU course load

Candidates must hold a graduate degree in Rhetoric and Composition, or a related field plus Rhetoric and Composition graduate coursework, or be pursuing a graduate degree at SMC that includes Rhetoric and Composition coursework.

○ Preference given to candidates with terminal degrees.

Candidates must be experienced teaching discussion-based courses, including facilitating small groups, and knowledgeable about writing in the disciplines.
○ Preference given to candidates who have taught Writing Circles in CWAC in the past.

Candidates must have completed the CWAC 501 Circle Facilitator training, or all of the following:
○ Observe 6 student Writing Circles or participate in 6 faculty Writing Circles.
○ Participate in 1 Facilitator faculty-development session.
○ Participate in the 6-hour pre-semester workshop.
● Participate in the college’s Safe Zone I and II trainings

Candidates must reside in California.

Salary: $1,241.17 - $1,718.00 per circle, depending on qualifications

The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

To apply, visit

We envision a community that goes beyond tolerance of differences to one guided by social justice, cultural competence and engaged citizenship. We know we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people.