Working as a Writing Consultant

Required Training Course

New Bear CLAW Employees are expected to enroll in IDS 310 Leadership Seminar, a one-credit, first block, blended course. We pay for the course and the textbook. The class is designed for the study and practical application of leadership skills that will benefit student leaders working with various campus programs and students and may be repeated for 6 hours. More information will be provided to those hired to work in the Writing Center.

Writing Consultants

The Center hires energetic and enthusiastic writing consultants to assist students, staff, and faculty at all levels of writing from all disciplines. Hiring begins after the midterm each semester.

Students look to consultants for assistance and come to the Writing Center to learn something; therefore, the consultant's goal is to work with the student. This is accomplished with interaction, as opposed to one-sided discourse. For example, the consultant should ask questions about the assignment and the student's goals before reading over a paper or draft and should feel comfortable asking the student to make notes on the draft instead of taking notes and writing notes for the student.

For these reasons, consultants should be outgoing and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least a junior in good academic standing
  • Need at least a 3.35 GPA in all courses (Note: We believe your GPA is not always indicative of your talent; however, lower GPAs are under stiff competition!)
  • Must be a strong writer
  • Need to commit to the Center for at least one entire semester
  • Should plan to work between 10 to 20 hours per week. Must be friendly, responsible, patient, and professional
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • Interested in working with writers in an online environment as well as face-to-face
  • Reasonable record of writing in the classroom
  • Some tutoring experience such as with A+ programs or other such service is helpful but not required

Application Process

  • Contact Michael Frizell for more information, application materials, and to submit your finished application
  • Schedule an interview with the Director of the Writing Center, Michael Frizell
  • Provide the names of two faculty members and the required Recommendation Form
When selecting writing consultants, we look for...
  • good writers, no matter the major (after all, Missouri State students write in every discipline)
  • friendly, helpful, tactful, confident, and responsible students
  • diversity: males and females, athletes and bookworms, the talkative and the quiet, Greeks and independents, artists and scientists

Writing Consultants should be comfortable working with any step in the writing process: brainstorming, researching, drafting, and revising; however, they cannot proofread writing projects. The Writing Center aims to help students become better writers, not to allow our consultants to become better editors.

A writing consultant must be able to think creatively, explain the writing process so that a layperson can understand it, and hold a genuine, positive attitude.