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Become a Tutor

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The Writing Center hires new tutors every spring.  The director takes applications from April 1st – 30th.  Interviews for eligible applicants take place during the first two weeks of May. If you are interested in being an undergraduate tutor or a graduate fellow, please send the following materials directly to the director, Anne McMurtrey:

  • Current CV
  • Academic writing sample
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your writing skills
    • Note: "Old" letters of recommendation are permissible; do not ask faculty for a new letter if you have one on hand.
  • Unofficial Transcript

Undergraduate tutors must have completed Writing 2010 and have a GPA of 3.0. New undergraduate and graduate tutors are required to take Writing 4020/6020 during the fall semester immediately following being hired.

Graduate fellows are awarded Writing Fellowships that include a tuition waiver and a yearly stipend. Graduate fellows can apply for a fellowship working directly with other graduate students or with faculty members.

Required Tutoring Classes

  • Writing 4020: Writing Center Theory & Practice            3 credits
  • Writing 6020: Writing Center Theory & Practice            1-2 credits
  • Faculty Writing Fellows are required to take a Grant Writing Training Workshop through the Research Administration Training Series during the first semester of their fellowship.

Writing centers are an important component in the development of student writers at all levels of expertise. They help students to understand themselves as authors, translate professor comments and assignment criteria, and develop a writing process that fits their needs. The work of a writing center is essential to understand how undergraduate students write and think, as well as how tutors and professors can best respond to student writing. This course covers the theory and praxis of writing center pedagogy in evaluating a student text, including how to collaborate with a student to further their development as a writer. Conducted in a workshop setting, this course is relevant to all disciplines, especially those with an intensive focus on communication/writing. Weekly out-of-class projects allow students to practice classroom pedagogy in the real-world context of the writing center. This course is a requirement for anyone who wants to work as a tutor in the University Writing Center.

 

 

Last Updated: 2/7/18