TWC Instructor Contractual Job Descriptions

 

Job Title: Writing Center Instructor

 

Open to Receiving Applications for:

 

  1. English Writing Instructors -1 Position Available for Fall Semester 2012~13
  2. Arabic Writing Instructors - 2 Positions Availabe for Fall Semester 2012~13
  3. French Writing Instructors - 1 Position Available for Fall Semester 2012~13
  4. German Writing Instructors - 1 Position Available for Spring Semester 2013

Position Summary:

 

The most important function of this position is to provide assistance, consultation, and quality teaching aimed to support academic students’ improvement of their overall writing proficiency and communication skills. The instructional teaching environment may take place with students either one-on-one, in small workshops, or in a classroom setting. The diverse forms of instruction require the prospective educator to possess extensive familiarity and understanding of the writing process, to be fluent in English, Arabic,French, or German and have a considerable talent to teach all levels of students in a second language surrounding.

 

In addition, the instructor must be able to grasp the functions of the Writing Center and support the broader academic mission as a service providing facility within the institutional apparatus and academic culture of the University of Nizwa. The Writing Center instructor is expected and obligated to interact with all university faculty members in order to exercise up to date familiarity and understanding of the requirements of academic students’ written course assignments, projects, research, and presentations.

 

Instructional Responsibilities:

 

The Writing Center instructor is perceived as a professional with respect to the various forms of academic and practical writing, and is considered as a writing consultant to the greater academic community within the academic institution of the University of Nizwa. The instructor services the needs of all academic students, faculty members, administrators and of the community within the framework of services and programs provided by the Writing Center.

 

It is the responsibility of all instructors affiliated with the Writing Center to provide instruction and guidance concerning all aspects of written English composition for academic or practical purposes. The range of scope includes, but is not restricted to topical selection, prewriting, brainstorming, planning, introductions and thesis statements, supporting arguments and ideas, summaries, drafting, revision, and technical or idiomatic vocabulary enhancement.

 

Writing Center instructors must have a firm comprehension and approach to writing as a process and be able to apply that process effectively to students from diverse cultural backgrounds and levels of academic preparation. The instructional approach must embrace the cultural and Islamic traditions and beliefs of the University of Nizwa. Writing Center instructors are valued as professional writing consultants, and their services are also expected to extend to the professional development of peer tutors, university administrators, faculty members, and staff; all of which would procure writing assistance through the established appointment process and operational hours of the Writing Center.

 

Writing Center instructors are required to maintain confidentiality and exercise professional integrity in the best interest of the Writing Center and of the University of Nizwa. The promotion of critical thinking and creative ideas are considered guiding principles for the engagement of student discussion and advancement of writing skills.

 

Administrative and Supervisory Responsibilities:

 

The role of an instructor at the Writing Center is not limited to teaching responsibilities alone, but is intended to serve as a multipurpose and adaptable position in providing instruction, carrying out various administrative tasks, and to serve as a supervisor of peer tutors within the Writing Center.

 

The instructor is expected to construct files, compile relevant documentation deemed necessary to the pedagogy of writing centers and the improvement of writing skills, promulgate reports and surveys on behalf of the center development and assessment, address and discuss the needs of students writing development, construct ideas and strategies for the enhancement of academic writing for students, serve as a representative or liaison for the promotion and student awareness of the Writing Center for both in-house and external purposes, assist with the development of the Writing Center’s resources and materials, participate in professional development, the gathering of data, and to assist with developing policies, curriculum, annual contests as requested.

 

Work Schedule:

 

Writing Center Instructors work a 40 hour work week.

 

8:00am~4:00pm

Saturday ~Wednesday

 

Maximum of 30 hours of instructional teaching per week

Minimum of 10 hours of administrative duties per week

 

During periods of especially heavy student demand for appointments, such as near the end of a semester, the Writing Center Instructor may be asked to vary the normal schedule of times worked to accommodate peak demand times. In addition, during periods of exceptionally low student demand for appointments such as between semesters and during student vacations, the Writing Center Instructor may be asked to substitute instructional teaching time with administrative duties conducive to the needs of the center.

 

Required Documentation:

 

The following documentation must be completed and is contingent upon employment:

 

  • Attested certified copies of all academic degrees from your country's embassy or consulate (Scanned copies of Bachelor's and Master's Degree)
  • Original Degrees must be presented to HR upon arrival to the Sultanate of Oman, contingent upon the offer of employment.
  • CELTA Certificate (Scanned copy and original)
  • A minimum of TWO (2) Letters of Reference Employment from previous employers from a post-secondary institution on original letterhead. (From a College or University scanned and original upon arrival that equate to more than two years of teaching experience)
  • Copy of Passport (Scanned)
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Letter of Acceptance of Offer (Once sent by HR)
  • UoN Employment Application
  • UoN Declaration
  • Online Application from Human Resources (http://www.unizwa.edu.om/jobs.php?lang=en)

UoN Salary and Benefits:

 

  • A competitive tax-free salary
  • A gratuity package upon successfully completion of service
  • Airfare to and from the Sultanate of Oman at the beginning and ending of employment
  • Semi furnished Housing provided by the UoN (tables, bed, fridge, stove, microwave, TV, satellite, living-room set, desk, air conditioning...employee is responsible for all utilities)
  • Annual airfare to country of origin during Annual Leave
  • Annual Leave entitlement of 60 paid days
  • Basic comprehensive medical insurance
  • Paid national and religious holidays
  • Daily transportation provided to and from the UoN 
  • Contractual terms of one and two year options

Key Responsibilities of TWC Writing Instructors:

 

The most important functions of this position are to:

 

  • Provide assistance, consultation, and quality teaching aimed to support students’ improvement of their overall writing proficiency and communication skills.
  • Support a student centered teaching approach that promotes critical thinking skills and creative ideas.
  • Possess extensive familiarity of the writing process, to be fluent in Arabic, English French or German, and have a considerable talent to teach all levels of students in an ESL, EFL, ASOL, FFL, or DFL surrounding.
  • Grasp the functions of TWC and support the broader academic mission as a service providing facility within the institutional apparatus and academic culture of the University of Nizwa.
  • Interact with all university faculty members in order to ensure familiarity and understanding of the requirements of academic students’ written course assignments, projects, research, and presentations.
  • Provide an instructional teaching approach that is sensitive and respectful towards the Omani cultural and Islamic traditions, and the beliefs at the UoN.
  • Provide writing assistance to academic students, university administrators, faculty members, and all of which would procure writing assistance from TWC.
  • Committed to a 40-hour workweek as a UoN employee supported with an instructional load of 30 hours per week consisting of any combination of workshops, tutorials, consultations, and training sessions.
  • Fulfill various duties conducive to the needs of TWC and be responsive the academic needs of students.
  • Participate in academic venues and cultural events organized by UoN.
  • Provide editing services to UoN faculty members for the purpose of publication.

Qualifications & Experience:

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

 

  1. A Master's Degree or equivalent in English, French, or German, Education or other field relevant to addressing students' English-as-Second-Language (ESL), French as a Foreign Language, or German as a Foreign Language communication needs. A Bachelor’s Degree will only be considered pending qualifications for French and German positions.

  1. CELTA Certificate required for all English positions, accompanied with teaching certification for other languages.

  1. Native speaker of English, Arabic, French, or German and be able demonstrate effective written and oral skills.

  1. Excellent organizational, time management, interpersonal communication, and critical thinking skills.

  1. Able to display innovative and creative ideas.

  1. A high level of accuracy, work ethics, diligence, and professionalism.

  1. Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a collaborative learning environment.

  1. Self-motivation and able to work with minimal supervision.

  1. Ability to assess students' needs and recognize potentially serious learning, behavioral, or other problems relevant to communicating effectively in English.

  1. Knowledge of research methods, resources, and documentation.

  1. Familiarity with relevant software such as Microsoft Word and Power Point.

  1. Library literacy.

  1. Prior public speaking and presentation development skills are desirable

Forms and Applications:

 

Please fill out the following documentation and send to the Director of TWC

 

  1.    Ministry of Higher Education of Oman Click Here

  2.    UoN Declaration of Employment Click Here

  3.    UoN Job Registration Click Here

 

Contact Information:

 

Regarding all issues related to hiring at the University of Nizwa TWC, please contact :

 

Ms. Muna Al Mamari - Director of Human Resources OR Mr. Derek O'Connell - Director of the Writing Center