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Are you a Tufts student looking to join the StAAR Team? 

Applications for all graduate and undergraduate positions are currently closed, but you can read on to find out more if you are interested in applying in the future!

Positions for Undergraduates

Subject Tutors

What is a Subject Tutor?

Being a Subject Tutor for the StAAR Center is a highly selective academic leadership position at Tufts.  These tutors conduct small group and drop-in tutoring sessions, run weekly study groups, lead exam review sessions, develop engaging academic workshops and programs, mentor new tutors, and work to further the StAAR Center mission. We accept applications from students who would like to tutor Math, Chemistry, Economics, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Psychology, Physics, and all languages.

Training and Ex-College Course

Required: Participation in initial training and workshop development, August 31st-September 4th, 2021. Applicants who wish to be both a Subject Tutor and an RA, Orientation Leader, New Writing Fellow, Eco Rep, or Culture Center Peer Leader must prioritize StAAR Center Training ahead of other activities during this period.

Required: Participation in Fall 2021 Peer Pedagogy Seminar (Ex-College Course, 3 SHU’s, graded P/F, and may be taken for no credit): Thursdays, 4:30-7:00pm.  The Subject Tutoring Seminar is an opportunity for tutors at the StAAR Center to gain a wide variety of knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning. The course explores theoretical discussions and practical applications of best practices in peer tutoring and asks enrolled students to apply the work completed in seminar to their tutoring sessions and study groups. Over the course of the semester students will engage in discussion, fieldwork, and reflection in an effort to use their creativity and knowledge to better serve their tutees. Along with gaining an understanding of factors that impact student performance, tutors enrolled in the course will also develop more effective communication skills, organizational skills, intercultural competence, and learning and study strategies. 

Required: Participation in Spring Semester Ongoing Training Meetings (monthly) led by StAAR Staff.

How to Apply

In order to apply you will need to complete the application form below, submit an unofficial transcript and resume, and have faculty submit recommendations on your behalf.

The application form, and space to upload your transcript and resume can be found here: https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dojKK6Og5M7VR9s

In addition to completing this application, you must submit an academic recommendation from a professor in each subject you want to tutor. Professors should submit their recommendation through our online portal. You can copy/paste this link to include when you email and request their recommendation: https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3k28btzOzgFT6qa 
Faculty recommendations are due on Monday, March 8th.

Writing Fellows

What is a Writing Fellow? (Overview, Qualifications, and Compensation)

Writing Fellows are Tufts' undergraduate peer writing tutors. They are assigned to specific courses and work with the same 10 - 12 students on drafts for 2 - 3 writing assignments throughout the semester. Writing fellows read drafts of papers before meeting with student writers to discuss their paper, writing process, and goals, asking questions to help them refine their ideas and make decisions about revising their papers. Our program emphasizes collaboration and process as crucial aspects of becoming a more engaged writer. Read more about the program, see a list of current writing fellows, or attend an info session (link coming soon)!

Writing fellows are paid a stipend of $650 per semester, with an automatic pay increase and opportunities for additional paid responsibilities after the first year. Hours vary and are flexible but concentrated around the paper deadlines for the assigned courses. Writing fellows should expect to work approximately 40 hours over the course of the semester, which includes individual appointments with students, preparation for those appointments, and ongoing training meetings.

Writing Fellows participate in a week-long intensive orientation the week before classes and take an Ex-College class their first semester as writing fellows (info below).

First-year, sophomore, and junior undergraduates from any major (and undeclared students) can apply to be a writing fellow. We strongly encourage applications from students who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, multiracial, or POC, as well as from students who are bilingual/multilingual. 

You might want to apply if the following applies to you:

  • You enjoy writing and language and want to grow as a writer and communicator yourself
  • You enjoy reading other people's papers and are excited about the opportunity to work with your peers on their writing
  • You understand the challenges and difficulties of writing, have struggled yourself, and want to support others
  • You are willing to learn more about and commit to an anti-racist praxis
  • You are a good listener who enjoys hearing other's stories and having meaningful conversations
  • You are curious about what other people are studying and are excited by your own learning and how others learn
  • You are excited to join a community of writers with these shared interests
Training and Ex-College Course

Writing Fellows participate in a series of training and educational opportunities, both in preparation for their first meetings with students and to support their ongoing development as writing tutors. New Writing Fellows must be available to participate in the following:

  • New Writing Fellow Orientation: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - Saturday, September 4, 2021 
  • Fall 2021 Writing Fellows Seminar (Ex-College Course, 3 SHUs, graded P/F): Thursdays, 4:30pm - 7:00 pm 
  • Ongoing training meetings: Mondays or Wednesdays at 12:00pm (dates TBD; some flexibility)

We hope to be able to meet in person in the fall, but writing fellows should be prepared for the possibility of remote training, courses, and tutoring sessions. 

The New Writing Fellows orientation provides a solid foundation and general overview of the program in anticipation of working with faculty and students within the first few weeks of the semester. It also provides opportunities to build community, as well as present writing workshops to incoming first-year students.

The Writing Fellows Seminar is a pedagogy seminar focused on the history, theory, and practice of writing instruction and writing tutoring at the college level. Together we will read and discuss scholarship, engage in reflective and analytical writing, and practice hands-on activities to apply theoretical concepts and develop as a writing tutor. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to discuss prevailing theories and create your own tutoring philosophy. See a sample syllabus (link coming soon)

In addition to these opportunities, new writing fellows will be matched with experienced mentors to support and deepen their understanding of the writing fellow experience throughout the first year of fellowing.

How to Apply

Applications are due Monday, March 1, 2021. You must also request a recommendation from a Tufts faculty or staff member who has taught you in a class, TA'd a class, or served as your advisor. We prefer to receive recommendations by March 1 as well, but recommenders can have until Monday, March 8 if needed. Please send your recommenders this link to a short recommendation form.

Note: you must be in good standing with the university (not on academic or disciplinary probation or higher) to be hired as a writing fellow. You must also be enrolled as a Tufts student and taking classes at Tufts in the Fall of 2021 to be eligible (i.e., you cannot study abroad at the same time or be on leave from the university--see FAQs for more info).

TO APPLY, compile the following application materials into a single document, add page numbers, and save it as a PDF that is titled with your last name and WFApp (for example: SmithWFApp.pdf). You will also need to download your unofficial transcript from SIS. Then go to this application portal (link to come in Spring 2022) to upload your materials and answer a few additional questions (you may wish to have your transcript or course history list handy for reference). The FAQs tab below has more information.

Application Materials (compile into a single document, save as a PDF, and SUBMIT IT HERE! (link to come in Spring 2022)

1. Résumé (or list of current and past employment, experience, and activities)

2. Explanation of writing sample: a paragraph about your writing sample, including what class it was written for, a general description of the prompt, why you chose this sample to represent your academic writing, and what your process was like writing and revising it.

3. Writing sample: Approximately 7 - 10 pages (double-spaced) of college-level writing academic writing, whether analytical, argumentative, research-focused, or a combination. (It's ok to be a little under or over the page count. You can also submit two papers if your papers are 6 pages or shorter.) Please do not submit personal essays, fiction, or poetry. (We love these genres of writing, but writing fellows primarily work with academic nonfiction!) Academic papers from any discipline are acceptable. If sources are used, please double-check to make sure sources are properly cited, and include a works cited page (or note, if only one source), even if it was not required for the original assignment. We strongly encourage you to choose a paper you've written in college, but if you must submit a high school paper, please read it carefully before submitting and revise it, if necessary, to reflect your current level of analysis and critical thinking. 

4. Writing Fellows extended analogy: Write a short (1 - 2 page double-spaced) analogy that compares a writing fellow to someone or something else you think a writing fellow is most like. Choose a comparison that accurately reflects what you feel are the most important qualities or responsibilities of a writing fellow. Your analogy can be as straightforward or as unusual as you like, but use it to reveal your curiosity, creativity, and insight into the role of the writing fellow.

Don't forget to send this link to your recommender: https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3k28btzOzgFT6qa

FAQs

What is the writing fellows commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?
The writing fellows program actively encourages applicants from students from underrepresented groups and strives to retain writing fellows through leadership and community-building opportunities. Currently, 45% of writing fellows identify as BIPOC. Our community values diversity in all forms, especially when related to identities such as race, gender, disability, nationality, and language that have historically been marginalized by language-based oppressions. Our approach is informed by feminist and anti-racist pedagogies. Together with the writing consultant program, the writing fellows developed and agreed to a set of position statements to support linguistic diversity and students' rights to their own language, which you can read on our Writing Support page. We understand the need to evaluate our policies and approach on a regular basis, as well as to seek and receive suggestions for improvement in these areas.

I'm a math major. Can I be a writing fellow?
Of course! Students from any major can apply to be a writing fellow. Every academic discipline involves writing at some level, and we work with classes in many disciplines. If you are interested in writing and not sure how your displine approaches writing, now is a great time to find out!

Can I have a high school teacher write my recommendation instead of a Tufts professor? 
While we understand it may be more comfortable to ask a high school teacher, we can only accept recommendations from someone who knows you as a Tufts student. Even if your Tufts professors may not know you as well, they can provide information about your work at Tufts, and this can be a great opportunity for them to get to know you better! If you were in a large class, a graduate TA is an acceptable recommender. Pre-major advisors can also recommend you. We cannot accept letters from undergraduates other than writing fellows.

What if I don't have a resume?
Don't stress out! You can either take this as an opportunity to create a resume (the Career Center can help), or simply write a list with your name and contact info at the top, followed by a list of current and past paid employment, volunteer work, and/or co-curricular activities. Include dates for clarity.

What are you looking for in the writing sample?
Generally speaking, we are looking for academic writing with a clear focus and organization and thoughtful analysis of course texts and/or researched sources. We value written voice, creativity, critical thinking, and analytical depth.

What happens after I submit my application?
Please be patient with us! Our team is small and we receive many applications. We need time to read and process them. Some applicants will be invited for one or possibly two interviews. Decisions will be made by April 15. Please do not contact us to inquire about the status of your application, as this only slows down the process. The exception is if you need to withdraw your application or if you have received an offer with conflicting training dates.

If I am chosen to be a writing fellow, do I really have to attend the training before classes? What if I want to be a pre-O leader, Explorations teacher, etc?
Writing Fellows orientation is a required and necessary part of NEW writing fellows training. All new writing fellows must participate. Our orientation overlaps with training or participation dates with other programs, such as new RAs, Explorations leaders, pre-O leaders, and others. If you are accepted as a writing fellow, you can do these activities after your first year as a WF, as the orientation training is only required once. If you have responsibilities during orientation or pre-O, you must prioritize writing fellows training, which will be during the day (usually 10am - 4pm, with different daytime hours on Saturday). However, you are welcome to *apply* to programs with conflicting dates. If you are accepted to a conflicting program that is your first choice, please withdraw your writing fellows application. If you are accepted to a conflicting program but writing fellows is your first choice, you may contact us for more information. 

If I am accepted as a writing fellow, can I take a course overload in the fall while taking the Ex-College course?
The Ex-College course is a 3-SHU course with significant reading and writing as well as outside work. It is also intended as a placeholder to help students adjust to the unusual time-commitment demands of being a writing fellow. We strongly discourage taking a course overload because we want you to stay healthy and not overextend yourself or burn out.

Can I go abroad while I am a writing fellow?
If you are going abroad in the fall semester or for the fall academic year, please do not apply to be a writing fellow at the same time; instead, wait until the spring semester to apply for the following year. After you become a writing fellow and complete the fall training and course, you may take a leave from writing fellows for any reason, including to study abroad. Students must be enrolled in Tufts courses in Fall 2021 if they want to be a new writing fellow at that time; students cannot be on leave for any reason (including study abroad) AND be a writing fellow at the same time. 

Positions for Graduate Students

Academic Mentors

What is an Academic Mentor?

Reporting to the Associate Director of Academic Support, Graduate Academic Mentors are responsible for providing one-on-one and group academic skills coaching to graduates and undergraduates and leading both academic skills workshops and workshops in their area of disciplinary expertise.  Mentors will work closely with the Associate Director and members of the StAAR Academic Coaching program to develop programs that focus on foundational skills review, higher-level cognition and best practices for success across disciplines. One-on-one and group work in academic skills may include a focus on time-management, interpreting syllabi, developing study techniques, note-taking strategies, and identifying and reaching out to additional campus resources.

Qualifications:

  • Master's or PhD students in any discipline with experience providing academic support (tutoring or coaching) to high school or university students.
  • Facility with leading larger groups in a workshop setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate Academic Mentors may be asked to develop workshops and programming in their areas of study.  The StAAR Center welcomes applications from all disciplines, but there may be opportunities to create workshops in several specific areas: Natural Sciences, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics/Economics, Foreign Languages

Commitment & Compensation:

  • Up to 10 hours/week, with evening and weekend availability during the academic year
  • $21/hour, including training, ongoing professional development, prep time, and workshop development.
Training

Training Commitment:

  • Approximately 16 hours in initial training and workshop development during mid- to late August 2021.  Training is mandatory and paid.
  • Participation in mandatory, paid, ongoing professional development trainings throughout the academic year
How to Apply

Application Process:

Please direct any questions about the position or the application to Katherine Swimm, Associate Director of Academic Support, at katherine.swimm@tufts.edu.

Graduate Writing Consultants

What is a Graduate Writing Consultant?

Graduate Writing Consultants work one-to-one with both undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of writing activities. Primarily, this takes 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. Depending on interest and availability, consultants may also have opportunities to develop and lead small-group programming such as workshops, writing groups, or training for other writing consultants.

Our program emphasizes collaboration and process as crucial aspects of becoming a more engaged writer. Since our work is conversation-based, strong interpersonal skills are vital. We are looking for nonjudgmental, collaborative consultants who are good listeners and committed to writing and learning as process. Our approach is informed by feminist and anti-racist pedagogies, and our community values diversity in all forms, especially when related to identities such as race, gender, disability, nationality, and language that have historically been marginalized by language-based oppressions. We strongly encourage applications from students who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, multiracial, or POC, students who are bilingual or multilingual, and students who identify as a person with a disability. 

Qualifications:

  • Tufts graduate student in any discipline
  • Experience with ANY of the following: tutoring writing, especially for college, high school, or adult students; teaching or TA-ing a class with a writing component (includes lab reports); teaching or tutoring bilingual/multilingual students or adults; or serving as an editor, consultant, or advisor for a publication, written research project, or thesis
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal communication, and listening skills
  • Commitment to and willingness to learn more about anti-racist praxis and writer-focused, process-oriented tutoring approaches
  • Experience in the following is desirable, but not required (if you have this experience, please mention it in your cover letter): writing in the natural, physical, or social sciences, or working with science writers; coaching students on time management, academic skills, reading/literacy skills, or public speaking skills
Compensation,  Time Commitment, and Training

Compensation: $21/hour, including paid training, ongoing professional development, and preparation when appropriate

Commitment:

  • 5 hours/week minimum for at least one full academic year (no required hours during intersessions or summer), some evenings and weekends desirable
  • Mandatory, paid initial training workshop series August 23 – 27, 2021
  • Ongoing professional development and staff meetings throughout the academic year

Training: We provide initial and ongoing training and professional development, including a mandatory initial training workshop series August 23 - 27, 2021. This initial week of training provides a solid foundation and general overview of the program in anticipation of working with students within the first few weeks of the semester. It also provides opportunities to build community. Ongoing training will continue throughout the year, and observing other consultants and being observed is required during the first year as a consultant. Graduate Writing Consultants should be willing to reflect on their experiences as a writer and tutor on a regular basis and to contribute to a community of mutual learning.

Note: Along with the rest of Tufts, we are planning an in-person fall semester. However, due to ongoing COVID restrictions, Graduate Writing Consultants will be trained in remote tutoring strategies, may need to provide some remote sessions, and may need to participate in all or part of training remotely.

FAQs

What is the graduate writing consultants’ commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?
The graduate writing consultant program actively encourages applicants from students from underrepresented groups and strives to retain consultants through leadership and community-building opportunities. Our community values diversity in all forms, especially when related to identities such as race, gender, disability, nationality, and language that have historically been marginalized by language-based oppressions. Our approach is informed by feminist and anti-racist pedagogies. Together with the writing fellows program, the graduate writing consultants developed and agreed to a set of position statements to support linguistic diversity and students' rights to their own language, which you can read on our Writing Support page. We understand the need to evaluate our policies and approach on a regular basis, as well as to seek and receive suggestions for improvement in these areas.

I'm in a STEM field. Should I apply to be a graduate writing consultant?
Of course! Students from any discipline can apply to be a graduate writing consultant. Every academic discipline involves writing at some level, and we work with classes in many disciplines. Though graduate writing consultants are all trained to work with students across disciplines, we seek out experience in writing conventions of STEM fields.

Do you have writing consultants at the SMFA?
Prior to COVID, we had in-person writing consultations at the SMFA library. We hope to continue them in the future, and we encourage applications from SMFA graduate students! 

Can I apply if I'm not an Arts and Sciences or Engineering Student?

Yes, but due to budgetary and other concerns, hiring preference may be given to students from Arts and Sciences (including SMFA) and School of Engineering. 

Can I work remotely as a writing consultant?
Preference may be given to consultants who can be flexible about working remotely or in person, but we will consider applications from remote-only graduate students. 

What are you looking for in the writing sample?
Generally speaking, we are looking for academic writing with a clear focus and organization and thoughtful analysis of texts and sources. We value written voice, creativity, critical thinking, and analytical depth. Our page length requirement is a ballpark: please do not spend time whittling down a longer work! Instead, please just submit an excerpt with a short summary of what's missing.

What happens after I submit my application?
We ask for your patience, as our team is small and we receive many applications that we need time to read and process. Some applicants will be invited to interview. Please do not contact us to inquire about the status of your application, as this only slows down the process. The exception is if you need to withdraw your application or if you have received an offer with overlapping training dates or other conflicts.

How to Apply

Please gather these materials and upload to the APPLICATION PORTAL (currently closed):

  • Cover Letter detailing and reflecting on relevant experience
  • Resume or CV
  • Academic writing sample (8 – 15 pages preferred, please do not exceed 25 pages, excerpts are acceptable for longer works)
  • Name and email address of professional reference

Interviews will be conducted in April and May via Zoom.

You can read more about us on the StAAR Writing Support page.

Questions? Email the director of the program, Kristina Aikens

Please submit your materials through the Application Portal