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, but we also work with students on 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. We are also embedded in the Fulbright application process in early fall.

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. We are looking for compassionate, nonjudgmental, collaborative consultants who are good listeners and committed to writing and learning as process. 

We provide initial and ongoing training and professional development in a variety of areas. In the past, consultants have developed new programming, including diversity outreach initiatives, workshops on writing in the sciences, writing groups for senior thesis writers and graduate students, and dissertation writing retreats. 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.

The Graduate Writing Consultant position is a great way to gain additional experience working with writers and with students of all backgrounds. It also provides mentoring opportunities and experience honing interpersonal skills. We strive to build community among graduate student writers and educators across disciplines.

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 based on consultants' availability; daytime, evenings, and weekends are all possible working times, 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, but we will hire from any academic program within those schools. Our program is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we encourage applications from graduate students who are members of groups underrepresented at Tufts.

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. Most ARC writing consultations take place on the Medford campus, but we also hire consultants to work on the SMFA campus.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of one year of experience doing any of the following: teaching or TA-ing any class that has a writing component (this includes lab reports); tutoring writing at the high school or college level; teaching or tutoring multilingual students or adults; 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 writer-centered philosophy
  • Experience in any of the following areas is desirable, but not required: writing in the natural, physical, or social sciences; working with multilingual students or adults; time management coaching, working with students with learning differences; teaching or coaching students on public speaking skills; or working with artists on academic writing. 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.