We look for students who enjoy writing and helping others. While strong writing and communication skills are essential, you don't have to be a grammar whiz or someone for whom writing has always come easily, even now. We're also an inclusive space, welcoming writers of different races, cultures, ages, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and social identities and life experiences. It is important for us that our staff reflect, and respect, those differences, too.
We are also looking for students with some familiarity already with the Writing Center. Before you apply, you should have used the Writing Center at least once during your time at St. Joe's/USciences so you have a basic understanding of how our operation works and so you demonstrate your willingness to engage as a writer with other writers. If you've not yet been to the Writing Center, it's not too late. Make an appointment! You can always work with someone on your application to the Writing Center course.
Yes, any undergraduate student who works in the Writing Center must first successfully complete ENG 345: Tutor Practicum, Writing Center Theory & Practice, a course that is offered each fall (and only in the fall). The course fulfills both a Writing-Intensive and DGNW requirement for the GEP. That semester-long course will build the foundation for you, training you to work with an array of writers, including multi-lingual writers and writers on the spectrum. (And if you are a multi-lingual writer or a writer on the spectrum, apply to be a tutor!)
Beyond the course, the tutoring you do, the conversations you have with fellow staff members, and monthly staff trainings all will continue to help you learn and grow as a tutor during your time in the Writing Center.
You'll generally meet one-on-one with writers, either face-to-face or online. Some of our more experienced tutors also do eTutoring, asynchronous online tutoring. While we help writers at any stage of the writing process, the bulk of our work is with rough drafts.
But there are other opportunities in addition to tutoring. You might help manage our social media, work at our annual used book sale, pitch the Writing Center to classes or other groups on campus, attend trainings, tutor at one of our Writing Center pop-ups, or travel to a national writing center conference.
The Writing Center, while directed by two faculty members, is student-driven, and many of our initiatives are inspired by our staff members.
Yes! We currently have on staff UCity-based tutors who tutor in person at our UCity location in England Library as well as tutor online for some of our other schedules.
All future Writing Center tutors are required to take ENG 345, the tutor training course, no matter which campus they call home. However, the course is hybrid, and students at the UCity or Lancaster campuses are able to Zoom into the course if they are unable to attend in person at Hawk Hill.
Besides the fact that it's a paid gig in one of the best places to work on campus? Truly, a lot of things that we can't put a price on. Like fellow staff members who become good friends. Or the chance to get to know other professors, and students, on campus. Or the professional experience you can add to your resume.
Most importantly, there's the opportunity to make a difference, in the lives of the writers you work with in the Writing Center.
Once you become a full-fledged member of the Writing Center, the number of hours you will work depends on your own schedule. Some of our tutors work as little as two hours per week (especially our staff members who are athletes or are student teaching) and others might work up to 10.
We also have (paid!) staff meetings once a month, late on Friday afternoons.
In the tutor training course, you are required to be in the Writing Center, first observing, then tutoring, two hours per week. But again, you determine the hours that work best for your schedule.
Great! Fill out the application by midnight on Friday, March 15, 2024.
The application includes some basic information about you as well as several short essay prompts that will help us get to know you better and hear why you'd like to work in the Writing Center.
We also need the names of two faculty members who know you/your work well enough to recommend you. If you are a first-year student who has yet to develop a strong relationship with a faculty member who can speak to your strengths, you may give us the name and e-mail address of a high school teacher. Once you submit your application, those faculty members will be sent a short form to fill out and return to us.
Both the application and the recommendation forms are all submitted electronically. However, if you would like to complete a paper application or require some other accommodation, please contact Dr. Jenny Spinner, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.