The UWC is currently hiring writing consultants for 2018-2019. Applications are available at the reception desk in the UWC. The application deadline is February 26 at 8pm.
Note: Students who are selected as consultants must enroll in English 454-Writing Centers: Theory and Practice during the fall 2018 semester.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How much are consultants paid?
Undergraduate consultants are paid $10/hour; graduate consultants are paid $11/hour.
Q: What materials are required to apply?
Please come to the UWC to pick up an application packet. The completed packet includes an application, an copy of your unofficial transcript, a statement explaining why you want to be a consultant (250-500 words), and an academic writing sample (at least 500 words).
Q: What’s the schedule like and how flexible is the work week?
We’re open many hours, including mornings, evenings, and Sundays (Mon-Wed 10am-8pm; Thurs-Fri 10am-3pm; Sun 3pm-8pm). Consultants work anywhere from 6-10 hours/week, and we plan around your class schedule. The schedule is set at the beginning of each semester, and is the same every week. We create a separate schedule during finals week to accommodate for final exams and end of the semester projects.
Q: What should I use as a writing sample?
The writing sample should be a college-level project you completed for an academic course, campus event, or extracurricular activity. You can also submit writing you’ve done at another college or university. Overall, your writing sample should show your ability to engage with a topic and sustain an argument.
Q: What should I include in the statement of why I want to be a consultant?
This is your chance to tell us more about yourself. Do you have prior experience working with writers? What excites you about this kind of work? What ideas do you want to contribute to the work we do? Have you ever visited the UWC as a writer? Think of this document like the cover letter to your application packet—what do you want us to know about you and your interest in writing?
Q: I’m not an English major, can I still apply?
Yes! Consultants come from several different disciplines and we see writing from many different majors and minors, as well as writing for applications and extracurricular activities.
Q: Can I receive feedback on my application materials before I submit them?
All applicants are encouraged to make an appointment at the UWC to work with a consultant on your application packet.
Q: What will be expected of me if I’m hired?
First, you’ll enroll in ENGL 454 – Writing Centers: Theory and Practice during the fall 2018 semester. In the course, you’ll learn about the field of writing studies and best practices for our one-to-one sessions. You’ll also attend a Fall orientation, biweekly staff meetings, and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the work we do. You may also be asked to visit classes to explain our resources to other students and help with in-class activities, such as peer review and writing workshops. Our goal in the UWC is to think about the ways writing works both in and beyond the classroom at SU.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the UWC Director, Dr. Melissa Bugdal, at email@example.com.