Student Employment Opportunities
Love writing? Love working with people? Want to boost your résumé?
The Writing Center employs both undergraduate and graduate students. Usually, we hire in April for Fall and in November for Spring. We also occasionally hire on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in working in the Writing Center, please complete an application and deliver it electronically to Writing Center Director Dr. Crystal Mueller.
- Consult with students of varying levels of expertise on all aspects of their writing
- Mentor writers in the Intensive English Program and WRT 99
- Work individually with students to help them better understand and improve their writing processes
- Participate in regular, ongoing training and professional development
- Attend weekly Writing Center staff development meetings and prepare for these meetings during scheduled Writing Center hours
- Make appointments, answer e-mail and phone messages, complete session reports, and correspond with instructors
- Work on special Writing Center projects, as assigned
- Maintain a learning journal that connects the theory we read about with tutoring practice and that ideally might lead to conference presentations or articles published in professional journals or newsletters
- Work collaboratively with other consultants/mentors and the Writing Center director
- Have good academic standing as an undergraduate student enrolled at least half time at UWO
- Have completed WRT 188 (or its equivalent) with a grade of B or better
- Demonstrate proficiency in writing, skill in peer response, and motivation to help others with their writing
- Have a strong interest in learning about the history, theory, and practice of writing center work
- Be responsible, mature, and self-directed
- Demonstrate professionalism while working with clients who are their peers
Experience tutoring in writing, student teaching, or other forms of tutoring are preferred, although not required. Student Assistants as well as Work Study students may apply.
Hours are set for about ten hours each week (nine tutoring and doing professional development, one for staff meeting) but can vary somewhat according to coaches’ schedules. Coaches work during the Fall and Spring fourteen-week terms and (depending upon funding) during the Fall and Spring three-week Interims and Summer session. Pay rate is comparable to tutors’ salaries across campus.
Submit the following to Dr. Crystal Mueller, Writing Center Director:
- a cover letter detailing your qualifications for and interest in this position;
- your résumé, including any tutoring, teaching, customer service, or other relevant experience;
- a sample of your academic writing (a paper of about five to eight pages that makes an argument, not a creative piece) with a cover page that briefly explains the assignment for which you wrote the paper and why you chose to submit this particular piece; and
- one letter of recommendation (can be sent separately; preferably from an instructor familiar with your writing and work habits/personality).