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Basic Writing & Placement Coordinator and Placement Readers

Basic Writing & Placement Coordinator: The Basic Writing & Placement Coordinator provides support to the Deputy Director in the two separate but related areas of Basic Writing and the writing placement exam.  They help to provide teacher training to teachers new to Basic Writing, develop supplementary materials for the Basic Writing curriculum and Moodle template; assist with the development of test questions; co-lead summer placement test reading, and scores placement tests (as needed) during the academic year. In addition to these responsibilities, this Coordinator teaches two sections of Basic Writing during the year for a full TO stipend; a stipend is also provided for work on summer placement testing.

Placement Readers: Placement readers read and score the Writing Program placement test administered to all incoming first-year students through the UMass OWL (Online Web Learning) system before coming to New Students Orientation.