Process: Appointed by the Chair upon recommendation of the
Term of Office:
Three-year renewable term.
Professional Writing Coordinator performs administrative duties
related to maintaining and improving the professional writing track
of the undergraduate English major at UNCW. This individual serves
as the main contact person for questions about and issues related to
the Professional Writing track in the major and the Certificate in
Professional Writing for the university and external communities.
In order to provide the Professional Writing Coordinator with
adequate time to fulfill administrative duties, the individual
holding this position receives one course release per semester.
advising and curriculum management:
professional writing course offerings and advises Chair on
hiring of full- and part-time faculty to teach those courses
the Professional Writing committee.
Coordinates and ensures the inclusion of applied learning
opportunities in coursework, internships, and outreach.
solutions to technology problems in MO 204, our networked
the department in making additional hires in professional
writing at the tenure-track and lecturer levels.
all proposals and requests for curriculum changes that pertain
to the option and/or certificate in professional writing.
course enrollment to plan for future needs of the program.
and student learning outcomes assessment:
collection of program assessment data for use in the
departmental assessment report. Drafts the professional writing
programís portion of the departmental assessment report.
and administers the electronic portfolio outcomes assessment
system for English majors in the Professional Writing track.
all faculty and part-time instructors who teach English 204,
496, and other Professional Writing courses in how to use the
electronic portfolio system, teach their students about it, and
incorporate it into their courses. Visits classes and meets
individually with students to ensure that all senior seminar
students successfully complete the portfolio.
and oversees committee members who assess outcomes for the
program using the electronic portfolios. Compiles data and
creates reports to ensure that outcomes are being met and
appropriate curricular adjustments are made to ensure
improvement in student learning outcomes.
advising and audits:
prospective applicants to the program by telephone, email, and
supplemental advising for current Professional Writing students
about course selection, degree program planning, and
course substitution requests for current Professional Writing
students about course selection, degree program planning, and
- Audits requirements for students receiving the Certificate
in Professional Writing prior to graduation each semester.
and advises students, handles paperwork, attends meetings, and
helps coordinate the departmentís fledgling student chapter of
the Society for Technical Communication.
Certificates during the departmental graduation ceremony and
throughout the year for those students who do not attend
for university grants needed to assess, upgrade, and acquire
technology for the program.
and revises the professional writing portion of the English
with alumni and assists them in their search for employment and
with questions once they begin working.
adds new members to, and prompts discussion on firstname.lastname@example.org,
a discussion list for alumni of the Professional Writing
and maintains a database of all Professional Writing students to
improve communication with students, enhance our ability to
compile statistics, and streamline the tracking of Certificate
and maintains a wiki where faculty and part-time instructors who
teach Professional Writing courses may exchange ideas and share
a clear vision for graduate coursework in Professional Writing
within the English Department.