Graduate Assistant Director

Application Procedure for Assistant Director of First-Year Composition

Applications for Ph.D. students interested in becoming an Assistant Director of FYC are due by March 15. The decision will be made by the Program Director and Associate Director.

What are we looking for in an AD?

  • Good teaching as revealed by positive student evaluations and positive classroom observations.
  • Ability to develop and share teaching ideas and materials that demonstrate care and innovation while remaining within program guidelines.
  • Ability to work diplomatically with other instructors and program directors.
  • Willingness to provide support and constructive feedback to other instructors.
  • Flexible schedule in order to attend and chair meetings, mentor, and visit classes.

What will an Assistant Director do?

  • Teach composition for at least the first year while serving as AD.
  • Perform administrative duties in exchange for a course release. 
  • Attend a weekly program meeting.
  • Help plan and lead sessions in Fall and Spring orientations.
  • Look over and approve assignments, syllabi, and schedules for first-year teachers.
  • Be knowledgeable about writing program policies and procedures.
  • Mentor and observe the classes of instructors new to OSU or to teaching.
  • Be available beyond normal office hours to assist with specific classroom issues and general teaching concerns.
  • Complete training for and serve as Academic Integrity Facilitator through the duration of AD appointment.
  • Facilitate regular meetings with mentees to provide support and discuss pedagogy. 

What should an application consist of?

  • A short letter indicating why you're interested in being an AD and what particular strengths you bring to the position.
  • A "Teaching Portfolio": CV, short statement of teaching philosophy, set of student evaluations, sample syllabus, sample writing assignment, and sample in-class activity.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone (other than a writing program AD or director) who has observed your teaching at OSU.

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