Writing consultants fulfill three primary roles: (1) peer writing consultant, (2) Writing Center representative, and (3) Writing Center team member. Each quarter, consultants are scheduled for a certain number of hours per week, the majority of which will be spent consulting with writers, observing other sessions, and otherwise developing their consulting skills. In addition, consultants are expected to represent the Writing Center as needed by answering the telephone, visiting classes, and demonstrating Writing Center services. Lastly, consultants will serve as team members to propose and execute individual and group projects with various administrative tasks that benefit the Writing Center community and its service to our campus.
We accept applications every spring for consultants to start in the fall.
Considered professionals in training, new undergraduate consultants enroll in English 3090: Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice during their first fall quarter on staff. This 5-credit course engages consultants in the professional scholarship of rhetoric and composition, culminating in a research project focusing on a particular learning or writing issue or question the student wishes to engage more deeply.
The Writing Center Office Assistant is responsible for reception duties as follows: greeting clients, scheduling appointments, referring clients who arrive for appointments to the consultant they are scheduled to work with, answering the phone, and otherwise referring clients to appropriate campus resources. When not busy with office duties, this person will cover various administrative duties as needed and assigned by the director, to include data entry.
This position requires a self-starting individual who is friendly, dependable, service-oriented, patient, and good humored. They must be able to provide clear and courteous information about the Writing Center while remaining friendly with students who may be stressed or confused when they request our services. Further, applicants should be interested in the work of the Writing Center. Preference in hiring is given to capable applicants who have previously used the Writing Center, will bring diversity to our current staff, and eventually might wish to work as a writing consultant.
Office Assistant positions will be posted on our hiring page when they are available.