Employment at the Writing Center gives you excellent opportunities to develop skills such as communication, marketing, volunteer outreach and, of course, writing.
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As a tutor, you improve people’s relationships with their own writing and also broaden your own understanding of the subject.
As a desk receptionist, your work involves ensuring that every student who enters the Writing Center has a pleasant and professional encounter with us. Receptionists often serve as the first contact people have with the Writing Center.
We hope you’ll consider joining our family.
This position accepts work-study students only.
The Writing Center and the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Center (QuaSR) seek to hire friendly and responsive individuals to be receptionists. The receptionists' duties include taking information from students and entering it into a database, scheduling appointments both in person and on the phone, answering basic questions about the Writing Center and QuaSR, and helping keep the Centers’ reception desk in good working order. Receptionists also will answer questions about scheduling and the tutors' specific areas of strength. They also attend occasional meetings with other staff.
Applicants should be welcoming and encouraging, responsible, organized, and community-minded. They should have strong attention to detail, be quick to ask clarifying questions, possess good time-management and task prioritization skills, and take pride in their work and the work of the Writing Center and the QuaSR communities. The receptionist will be working with people in person, on the telephone, and on computers. They will need to possess excellent communication skills!
How to Apply
We are currently accepting applications for this position for the academic year 2017-2018! To apply, fill out a printable application (PDF). You can submit it to the Assistants to the Director in person in Lib 2304F or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants can apply for up to 12 hours per week with this position and are paid from their Work Study Award at $11.00/hr. All applications must be received by August 21, 2017. Interviews will be held the week of September 11-15, 2017.
This position is currently closed.
Tutor Training Course
Students interested in becoming a peer tutor at the Writing Center are required to take a two-credit course, Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor’s Craft, offered every Spring. Please refer to the Evening and Weekend Studies catalog for the current academic year for more information.
Cultivating Voice combines readings, reflective writing, seminar, and a practicum to prepare students to become peer tutors in the Writing Center. In seminar, students explore tutoring theories, examine the role of a peer tutor, and develop effective tutoring practices. In the practicum, students will gain tutoring experience in practice sessions with their classmates. The course will also address working with unique populations of learners. Students considering graduate school in related fields like education, creative writing, and literature will benefit from this training.
Taking Cultivating Voice does not guarantee employment at the Writing Center. At the end of the class, interested students interview for a 2-credit internship the following Fall, Cultivating Voice II. After the internship, intern tutors interview again for employed positions.
Tutoring responsibilities include meeting with student writers at appointed times, applying concepts and practices learned in Cultivating Voice, supporting the Center's work by participating in a workgroup, and participating in reflective practices to support tutor growth.
Hours and Pay
During their first year, new tutors can work a maximum of 10 hours per week. After that, tutors can work up to 19 hours per week. Tutors earn $11.50 an hour.