Graduate Writing Consultants

Graduate writing consultants work one to one with undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of writing activities. Primarily, these activities will take the form of academic papers for coursework and a busy Fulbright application process. Other writing may include scholarship applications, personal statements, cover letters, and conference papers. Consultants may also work with students for extended periods on longer projects such as senior theses, master’s theses, and doctoral dissertations.

Consultants are responsible for assessing the needs of students and determining the most appropriate type of feedback for a given assignment. Our program is conversation-based, so strong interpersonal skills are vital. Training will be provided in such topics as working with various student populations, preventing plagiarism, conducting workshops for beginning and advanced writers, talking with students about grammar and style, and understanding different types of scholarship, graduate school, and professional school applications.

In the past, consultants have developed various new Academic Resource Center programs including a diversity outreach initiative, workshops on writing in the sciences, writing groups for senior thesis writers and graduate students, and a dissertation writing retreat. Consultants also have the opportunity to lead training sessions for fellow consultants on writing in their discipline and other topics. If interested, consultants can specialize in working with particular student populations.

Eligibility and Commitment

The Graduate Writing Consultant position requires a commitment of 5 - 10 hours a week for a minimum of one academic year. Hours are flexible and can include nights and weekends, depending on consultant interest. Currently we can only hire graduate students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the SMFA. Consultants are expected to participate in a week-long training session on the Medford campus in late August, monthly meetings through the semester, and mentoring activities throughout the academic year. August training is mandatory for new consultants. All trainings are paid. ARC tutoring primarily takes place on the Medford campus, though we are expanding to the SMFA campus in fall 2017.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of one year of experience doing any of the following: teaching or TAing any class that has a writing component (this includes lab reports); tutoring writing at the high school or college level; teaching or tutoring non-native English speakers; or serving as an editor for a publication or research project
  • Excellent written communication skills and adept interpersonal skills
  • Interest in student-centered learning and process-oriented tutoring
  • Willingness to adopt tutoring techniques in accordance with the program's student-centered philosophy
  • Experience in any of the following areas is desirable, but not required: writing in the natural or social sciences, working with non-native English speakers, time management coaching, working with students with learning differences, teaching or coaching students on public speaking/presentation skills. If you have experience in any of these areas, please mention it in your cover letter.

Compensation

The starting pay rate for this position is $20/hr, with opportunities for raises after the first year and paid training.

Application

The application process starts in March or April for the following academic year, and we usually interview through mid-May. You must be available for August training to be eligible for the position. For information on training dates, deadlines, and application instructions, see the sidebar.