How To Become a Writing Center Consultant
A Challenging & Rewarding Job That Pays Up To $10.00/hour!
Interested in working with your peers? Developing your communication skills? Exploring the diverse perspectives of many disciplines? Working on campus 6–10 hours a week? Then perhaps, you'd like to become a writing center consultant!
Please review the requirements below before completing an application.
- Course & G.P.A. prerequisites. All applicants must have completed ENG-1400: Composition and earned at least an A- in the course. In addition, applicants who are English or AYALA majors and wish to tutor Literary Analysis students must have completed LIT-2090: Literary Analysis. Finally, all applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 (B+) and must maintain that minimum GPA during their employment at the center.
- Request recommendations from two CU faculty members, preferably professors who have read your writing. Have them send their recommendations to Prof. Blakely (via email). Be sure to ask those faculty members to comment on the following: how well you write, how well you work with your peers, how well you respond to assigned readings, and how dependable you are. All faculty recommendations are confidential.
- Submit two college-level writing samples. Creative writing samples are certainly welcome, but you must submit at least one sample of expository writing that integrates and documents research from secondary sources (any style is fine—MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.). This sample is required because most of our tutoring sessions focus on traditional research papers. Send only your best work.
- If your application materials qualify you for writing center employment, Prof. Blakely will then conduct an interview with you. The purpose of the interview is to help the directors determine your interpersonal communication skills. If, however, your application materials do not qualify you for employment, Prof. Blakely will notify you, precluding the need for an interview.
- If you are hired, Prof. Blakely will enroll you in ENG-3550-01: Writing Center Theory & Training (2 credit hours). This course is a required, writing-intensive class that prepares you to become a peer tutor and is offered spring semester on Monday and Wednesday from 4-4:50 p.m. Once you complete that course (earning at least a "B" grade), you'll be ready to work in the center fall semester.
We invite you to apply here and look forward to hearing from you!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are welcome any time of year, but to ensure enrollment in the spring course, you must submit your application and letters of reference to Prof. Blakely by October 20 of the given year.