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*Graduate students - please see graduate student specific information at the bottom of this job description.

Writing Center Consultant

Job description

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.  

Primary responsibilities

Undergraduate Writing Consultants work one-to-one with undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of writing activities and projects. Primarily, these activities will take the form of academic papers for coursework. Other writing might include scholarship applications, personal statements, cover letters, and conference papers. In addition, consultants might also work with students for extended periods on longer projects. Consultants are expected to conduct student centered consultations taking into account the demands of the assignment/writing task and the concerns of the students. 

Considered professionals in training, new writing consultants are required to enroll in English 3090: Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice during the spring quarter (SQ20) before their first year 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. Beyond the course, ongoing observations, in-service workshops, discussions, staff meetings, and further research enliven the Writing Center community. Staff members actively participate in professional organizations and attend and present their work at conferences, with some projects achieving publication. Please note: Because training takes place in the Spring, the Writing Center expects new staff to start work in Fall 2020. If you are planning to study abroad or for some other reason will not be on campus during Fall 2020, please consider applying for the following year.

Job qualifications

  • Achieve sophomore status by fall 2020
  • Available to enroll in English 3090 in spring 2020. Has a strong interest and desire to learn about composition theory and writing center research and practice  
  • Available to work for the entire academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) 
  • Strong commitment to issues of language, writing, non-oppressive pedagogies, and social justice 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills 
  • Critical thinking, and creative problem-solving 
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include: tolerance of ambiguity and complexity, welcoming of different learning styles, flexibility and curiosity when faced with challenges, enthusiasm for maintaining a reflective practice 
  • Interest in student-centered learning and process-oriented, reflective tutoring 
  • Willingness to adopt tutoring techniques in accordance with SU Writing Center’s philosophies and pedagogies 
  • Works well independently and as a team member 
  • Experience in any of the following areas is desirable, but not required: ability to conduct consultations in languages other than English, experience working on an online environment, working with multilingual speakers and English Language Learners, experience in working on accessibility and universal design, working with writing in STEM.  
  • Enthusiasm for working effectively with diverse student populations with their individual learning styles in any stage of their writing development/process. 

Duration and hours:  September – June

Undergraduate Writing Consultants will work approximately 30 weeks of the academic year for a minimum of 5 hours per week. Work hours will be scheduled for the same times each week with adjustments based on scheduling needs of the Undergraduate Writing Consultant and the Writing Center, including finals week and weekend hours. Undergraduate Writing Consultants are expected to participate in quarterly training sessions (including a session in late September), monthly meetings, and mentoring activities throughout the academic year.


  • Work-Study and Non-work study 
  • $16.50/hour 

Graduate students

We will be hiring graduate consultants this year pending official budget approval. Graduate Writing Consultants need to have a Bachelor’s degree, be accepted to a Seattle University graduate program and enrolled in coursework, and be available to work the entire academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters). Graduate Writing Consultants are not required to enroll in 3090, but will have opportunities throughout the academic year to read and discuss pedagogical theories as they pertain to rhetoric, composition, and tutoring writing.