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Writing Specialist

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


The Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence


United States Naval Academy

Date Posted:

Mar 28 2022 1:14PM

Close Date:

May 27 2022

Position Description

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) invites applications for the Writing Specialist position to begin as early as Fall 2022 in the Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence. The Writing Specialist will serve under the Director of CAE and will therefore be part of the broader CAE mission to provide high quality academic support services for midshipmen. Candidates should have a strong background in rhetoric and composition and have extensive knowledge of writing center scholarship. Candidates should also demonstrate the ability to relate to students with various academic levels, backgrounds, ethnicities, and needs. The Writing Specialist position is an onsite, non-tenure track, 10-month excepted service federal position with a three-year initial contract and the possibility of renewal. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. USNA is a four-year undergraduate institution with a mission to prepare midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for commissioning as officers in the naval services.


Conduct one-on-one writing consultations for midshipmen at any stage of the writing process Assist in the professional development of writing tutors and the training of peer writing tutors Contribute to developing and presenting workshops for midshipmen Lead outreach efforts including collaboration with faculty and staff to encourage a culture of writing across the USNA community Other duties, as assigned by the Director of CAE, may include, but are not limited to, assisting the Director of the Writing Center with administrative duties such as program development and assessment, scheduling, selecting and creating pedagogical materials, and evaluating and promoting the effective use of technology in support of writing instruction.

Application Process

For more information about this position and how to apply please visit the USNA position announcement at

Institution Information

The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland. As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards. The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development. We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration. Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.

Additional Information

To comply with the applicable nationwide preliminary injunction on Executive Order 14043, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Newly hired employees will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

U.S. Citizenship Required All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination. 

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests. The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis. Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to
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Contact Information

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, a detailed C.V., and contact information for three references to Dr. Joan Shifflett, Director of the Writing Center, via e-mail to:


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in a writing intensive field
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body
Two or more years of experience teaching writing at the college level
Ability to teach college-level courses in a discipline offered at the Naval Academy
Mentoring experience, especially with underrepresented populations
Background in teaching and/or providing writing support for multilingual learners