Become a Tutor
Apply for a job
The Writing Center hires new tutors every spring. The director accepts 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
- (Brief) letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your writing
- 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 their first semester of tutoring.
Graduate fellows are awarded Writing Fellowships that include a yearly stipend.
Required Tutoring Classes
- (undergraduates) Writing 4020: Writing Center Theory & Practice 3 credits
- (graduates) Writing 6020: Writing Center Theory & Practice 1 credit
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. WRTG 4020 and 6020 cover 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. Weekly out-of-class projects allow students to practice classroom pedagogy in the real-world context of the writing center. WRTG 4020 is required for undergraduates who wants to work as a tutor in the University Writing Center, and WRTG 6020 is required for all new graduate writing fellows.