Become a Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor
Not only does the Writing Center offer writing assistance for all CUA students, it also offers one of the university’s most unique leadership and learning opportunities: the Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor Program.
Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors expand their intellectual, professional, and interpersonal skills through their training and work in the Writing Center. Tutors assist fellow students with their writing and, in the process, strengthen their own abilities to write and communicate. In addition to engaging in one-on-one tutoring in the Writing Center, tutors also receive ongoing professional development training and are encouraged to develop and present original research at national conferences. Tutoring work in the Writing Center develops and highlights skills valuable to future employers and graduate schools.
Becoming a Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor is both an honor and a serious commitment. In order to apply to become an Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor, you must first be nominated by a professor who is familiar with your writing and interpersonal skills. In the spring semester, we will invite all nominated students who are in good standing with the university to submit an application to join the program in the fall of the following year. If you are nominated and are interested in becoming a tutor, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions, typically offered in the middle of the spring semester. We do not normally hire tutors to begin working during the spring semester.
Writing Center Undrgraduate Tutor Application Process
Students who are nominated will receive an email notification that explains the process for applying and hiring. An information form will be attached with this email; this form must be included in your application materials. All students who are nominated and who wish to apply must submit the following:
· The information form, which gives basic data concerning your academic and extracurricular commitments and interests.
· A one page cover letter that outlines your suitability for and interest in serving as an Undergraduate Writing Center Tutor.
· A 2-5 page writing sample of your academic prose, preferably argumentative in nature (as opposed to mere summary). The sample can be a complete paper or an excerpt.
All applications submitted prior to the deadline will be considered. From these, a small pool of applications will be selected to interview with the search committee. In-person interviews are an indispensable element of the hiring process. All applicants must be available during the interview period. Offers will be made at the end of the spring semester for position that will begin in the following fall.
Timeline for Spring 2013 Application Process
March 4: Tutor nominations due from faculty
March 20, 7:30-8:00 p.m., in the Writing Center: Writing Center information session
March 21, 7:30–8:00 p.m., in the Writing Center: Writing Center information session
April 5: Applications due
April 15–April 26: Interviews
April 29: Hiring offers made
Students who accept the position should be prepared to:
Enroll in a three-credit course in tutor training, Writing Center Theory and Practice, which requires research and writing on tutoring and composition. (If you are studying abroad in the fall, you will have to wait to apply at a time when you can take the fall course. We will accept students who take the course in the fall but are studying abroad that spring.)
Participate in ongoing, full-staff training, typically four meetings per semester.
Work roughly 4–10 hours per week in 1–3 hour blocks.
Demonstrate engagement and growth in the position in order to maintain employment.
Please send application materials to Dr. Taryn Okuma (firstname.lastname@example.org or 322A Marist Hall, English Department) by the spring deadline.