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Applications for Fall 2022 Writing Fellow and Tutor positions will open on Monday, January 24 and are due on Sunday, February 13. Read on for more info on each position!

Positions for Undergraduates

Subject Tutors and On-Call Tutors

The StAAR Center is hiring Subject Tutors and On-Call Tutors for the 2022-2023 academic year! For details about these opportunities, please view the job descriptionPDF icon here  and the Tutor Hiring BrochurePDF icon here. Applications will open on Monday, January 24th, and the link to the online application can be found here. Please note that the online application will close on Sunday, February 13th at 11:59pm.

If you would like to learn more, the StAAR Center will be hosting an info session on Thursday, February 3rd from 12:30-1:30pm to provide details about the Tutoring Program, the positions available, and the benefits of being a tutor at Tufts. This will also be a great opportunity to hear from some of our current tutors about their experiences. You can sign up for this info session in Tutor Finder!

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 one-on-one and drop-in tutoring sessions, run weekly study groups, mentor new tutors, promote the StAAR Center services, and work to further the StAAR Center mission.

Hours are flexible. Subject Tutors are expected to be available for 8 hours a week.

We accept applications from students of any major who are interested in tutoring Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Sciences, Math, Physics, and all languages.

 

Training and Ex-College Course

Required: 

Subject Tutors - Participation in initial training and workshop development, August 31st-September 3rd, 2022. 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.

On-Call Tutors – Participation in initial training on September 10th, 2022.

Required:

Subject Tutors only - Participation in Fall 2022 Peer Pedagogy Seminar (Ex-College Course, 3 SHU’s, graded P/F, and may be taken for no credit): day/time TBD. 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:

Subject Tutors - Participation in monthly spring semester professional development trainings, led by StAAR staff.

On-Call Tutors - Participation in monthly fall semester and spring semester professional development trainings, led by StAAR staff.

How to Apply

Applicants will need to complete the online application below and submit an unofficial transcript. Within the online application, students will be able to select the position(s) for which they’d like to be considered: Subject Tutor, On-Call Tutor, or both.

The application, which includes space to upload your unofficial transcript, can be found here:

https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdAnFqYUVzNVxL8

This application will be open from Monday, January 24th through Sunday, February 13th.

Hiring Timeline

The hiring process for both positions will span throughout the spring semester. Applicants that are invited to interview will be contacted via email during the month of March.

While we ask for your patience throughout this process, if you have any questions about your application, please contact Catherine Johnson, Academic Coach, catherine.johnson@tufts.edu. 

What is an On-Call Tutor?

On-Call Tutors will host both one-on-one and drop-in tutoring sessions. Some will also lead weekly study groups.

Hours are flexible. On-Call Tutors are expected to be available for 5 hours a week.

We accept applications from students of any major who are interested in tutoring Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Sciences, Math, Physics, and all languages.

 

Writing Fellows

Learn more at an info session led by current writing fellows!

  • Wednesday, February 2 at 12pm in Dowling 745A 
  • Friday, February 4 at 12pm on Zoom 
  • Thursday, February 10 at 6pm in Dowling 745A
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 (times listed above and on Tutor Finder)!

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.

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 of writing tutoring
  • You are a good listener who enjoys hearing other's stories, having meaningful conversations, and understanding how other people learn and express themselves
  • You are excited to join a community of writers with these shared interests

 

 

What is the program's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion?

The writing fellows program commits to DEJI through both our hiring practices and our approach to writing support. We actively encourage applicants from students from underrepresented groups and strive 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 to writing support is informed by feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonialist pedagogies. Together with the writing consultant program, the writing fellows developed and agreed to a set of position statements to commit to antiracist practices that 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 respond to suggestions for improvement in these areas.

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 hired for the 2022 - 2023 academic year must be available to participate in the following:

  • New Writing Fellow Orientation: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - Saturday, September 3, 2022 
  • Fall 2022 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. The seminar is taught through a feminist, antiracist, and anti-colonialist theoretical lens. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to discuss prevailing theories and create your own tutoring philosophy.

To further these learning experiences, 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 for the 2022 - 2023 academic year are due Sunday, February 13, 2022. 

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 the application portal 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! 

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 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.

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 on the Tufts Medford campus Tufts (i.e., not studying abroad or on leave) in the Fall semester be eligible--see FAQs for more info).

FAQs

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 discipline approaches writing, now is a great time to find out!

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, including dates you were active with each position.

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. You cannot be a new writing fellow and also be a new RA, Explorations leader, or pre-O leader. If you are accepted as a writing fellow, you can do these activities after your first year as a WF with no conflicts, as the orientation training is only required once. If you are accepted as a writing fellow and also as support staff for a pre-O program or have other orientation or pre-O responsibilities, you must prioritize writing fellows training and be available for writing fellows training during the day; your evenings those days are your own. You are welcome to *apply* to programs with conflicting dates. If you are accepted to a program with an unavoidable conflict and that program 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.

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. 

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 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, or the Fletcher School
  • 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
What is the program's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Justice and Inclusion?

The graduate writing consultant program commits to DEJI both through our hiring practices and our approach to writing support. We actively encourage applicants from students from underrepresented groups and strive 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, anti-racist, and anti-colonialist 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.

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 in August (DATES TBA)
  • 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 [DATES TBA]. 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.

FAQs

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?
We encourage applications from SMFA graduate students! SMFA applicants will be considered for position working in-person on the SMFA campus, and may also work on the Medford campus or remotely if desirable.

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

You may apply, but for budgetary reasons, hiring preference will be given to students from Arts and Sciences (including SMFA), School of Engineering, and Fletcher. 

Can I work remotely as a writing consultant?
Preference will be given to consultants who can be flexible about working both in person and remotely, 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 hiring 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.

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