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.
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 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. 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.
Undergraduate Writing Consultants will work approximately 30 weeks of the academic year for a minimum of 6 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.