STEM Writing Initiative Activity Support Specialist, Writing & Multiliteracy Center

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Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Temporary, Part Time

Program:  Writing & Multiliteracy Center (WMC)
Rank:  Academic Year, Part-Time Faculty
Title:   STEM Writing Initiative Activity Lead

About the University: 

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 12th among “Top Public Universities in the West” in the current edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 5,470 undergraduate and 170graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success. Also, in 2022, CI became the first college to earn the Seal of Excelencia recertification.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:  

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program: 

The Writing & Multiliteracy Center (WMC) is an academic program within the John Spoor Broome Library, offering classes on writing & multiliteracy center theory and practices, supporting approximately 5000 writing and multiliteracy tutoring sessions (in person, virtual, and asynchronous) per fiscal year, delivering 100 workshops covering 45 topics, conducting faculty consultations, and hosting activities and events such as Writing Boot Camps, Open Mics, and the annual Plot-a-thon Data Visualization Festival that invites students to compete using data visualizations and storytelling. The WMC manages its own HyFlex teaching classroom and a Multimedia Studio with sound room, green screen, and group presentation space. WMC also coordinates a popular Embedded Multiliteracy Tutor (EMT) program supporting writing and communication intensive courses across disciplines from first-year writing to senior capstones. The EMT program involves close faculty collaboration in the design of tutor interventions, customization of virtual and in-person academic activities, and support for writing or communication-related assignments.

WMC’s mission is to provide students and faculty with a range of support services and programs that help them address 21st Century challenges of creatively thinking about, reading, and composing in written, oral, visual, multimodal, and digital forms of communications. We aim to foster a robust culture of writing and communication at CSUCI, with an interest in helping students across disciplines learn modes of representation and communication that shape their academic, working, civic, and private lives. In addition, we believe that writing and multiliteracy centers are intrinsically multicultural and multilingual spaces and that the WMC can be a powerful advocate for equity.  We embrace the position statements on diversity and disabilities as articulated by the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) and actively diversify our team and address barriers in meaningful ways.

About the Position: 

The STEM Writing Initiative (WI) Activity Support Lead is a federal grant-funded faculty position that is subject to annual renewal of grant funds and ends when the grant expires. As a Student Support Professional I, Academic Related (SSP 1-AR), STEM Writing Initiative Activity Support Lead is expected to provide up to ten hours work, based on total available funding. The STEM Writing Initiative Activity Support Lead engages in complex duties requiring understanding of writing center practices, experience in science communication, as well as interest in establishing relationships with students, faculty, and staff. The STEM WI Activity Support Lead will join an energetic and creative WMC team consisting of a Faculty Director (Associate Professor), two full-time Assistant Directors (Lecturers), a Administrative Analyst, a STEM WI Activity Lead, and other leads of grant-funded project, over 30 undergraduate and professional WMC tutors, and 4 student assistants. The STEM WI Activity Support Lead works under the guidance of the STEM WI Activity Lead and the Faculty Director of the Writing & Multiliteracy Center (Project Manager of the STEM Writing Initiative) and indirectly reports to the Project Director of HSI STEM Grant Student Academic Success & Equity Initiatives.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

M.S. in STEM field with experience teaching writing, or M.A. in English or related field with extensive experience in teaching STEM or technical writing.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. in STEM field with experience teaching writing, or M.A. in English or related field with extensive experience in teaching STEM or technical writing
  • Experience teaching at the university or college level
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty across disciplines
  • Ability to work in a team environment; ability to learn quickly
  • Demonstrate strong writing and communication skills
  • Flexible and creative in solving problems; self-starter
  • Ability to apply effective cross-cultural interpersonal and communication skills with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and the public.
  • Experience working with individuals of diverse ages, as well as from various socioeconomic, cultural, and academic background
  • Assist with faculty outreach and engagement, promoting STEM WI Mini Grant and other WMC resources;
  • Support learning skills development workshops or instruction for WMC SSPs, Instructional Student Assistants (tutors), and embedded tutors; assist with curriculum design support for faculty teaching WMC tutor education courses and training workshops;
  • Support design and delivery of faculty development workshops (in person or on-demand) and instructional materials to meet the needs of writing in various STEM academic disciplines;
  • Assist WMC in the process of goal setting for the STEM Writing Initiative (WI); participate in planning by providing assessment reports of STEM WI and provide recommendations to the STEM WI Activity Lead and Faculty Director  
  • Support the promotion and instruction of science writing and communication through WMC diverse programs, events, and activities including data literacy initiatives

Application Deadline: 

Screening of applications will begin two weeks after the date of job posting. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • Letter of application identifying interest and qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:


California State University Student Services Professional Salary (Academic Year) Schedule can be found at

Placement into a range is based on qualifications and experience. Initial assignments are typically at the bottom third of the salary range. The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salaries indicated in the schedules above are prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.

The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information: 

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.  


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