Working as a Writing Consultant

Graduate Assistantships

Starting Fall 2024

The graduate assistant (GA) role would be to serve as an assistant director of this program. The GA duties would include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the Director of Student Learning Services with the supervision and training of consultants.
  • Evaluate consultant performance.
  • Assist with marketing the program.
  • Write reports and collect relevant data regarding the effectiveness of the program.
  • Make faculty contacts.
  • Assist with the interviewing and selection of new consultants.
  • Attend the initial training conference the week before class start.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in English, education, Psychology, or a field requiring heavy writing.
  • The ability to tutor diverse populations.
  • Personal qualities that facilitate working relationships within the University.
  • Superior writing and public speaking skills.

Length of Appointment

The Presentation Center’s graduate assistant is employed for two years and works during the fall and spring semesters.

Application Procedure

Submit the following documents in PDF or Word formats:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Application
  • Supplemental Questions

For application materials, visit Graduate Assistantship Openings.

Hourly 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 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 (We believe your GPA does not always indicate 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

Required Training Course

New Bear CLAW Employees are expected to enroll in IDS 310 Leadership Seminar. 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.

Application Procedure

Contact Michael Frizell, Director of Student Learning Services, for an official application. To apply, you'll need to submit the following documents in PDF or Word formats:

  • Official application
  • Supplemental questions
  • The names of two faculty who can speak to your writing ability
Fall 2024 hiring sequence: COMING SOON