Working as a Writing Consultant

Please read the preferred qualifications below. If you're interested in working in this dynamic space, please email for an official application!

Hiring Cycle for Spring 2020

Application Materials Due: October 28, 2019

Successful Applicants Contacted: Week of October 28-November 1, 2019

Interviews: November 4-14, 2019

Job Offers: November 15, 2019

Hiring Paperwork Completed: December 2-5, 2019

Spring 2020 BearCLAW Employee Orientation: January 10, 2020

First Day of Work: January 15, 2020


Required Training Course

New Bear CLAW Employees are expected to enroll in IDS 310 Leadership Seminar, a one credit 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 a variety of campus programs and students and may be repeated to a total of 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 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. The consultant should ask questions about the assignment and about the student’s goals before reading over a paper or draft and should feel comfortable asking the student to make notes on the draft, as opposed to taking control 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 that your GPA is not always indicative of your talent; however, lower GPA's are under stiff competition!)

  • Must be a strong writer

  • Need to commit to the Center for at least one full semester

  • Should plan to work a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 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

    • Good 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:

  • Complete the application and return it and supporting materials to the Bear CLAW, first floor, Meyer Library
  • Schedule an interview with the Director of the Writing Center, Michael Frizell
  • Provide the names of two faculty members who can speak to writing ability

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 goal of the Writing Center is to help students become better writers, not to help our consultants become better editors.

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

Contact Michael Frizell for more information and an application.