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C4W staff Sept. 2015

The Center for Writing is accepting applications (until February 12, 2017) from undergraduates interested in being writing consultants for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Position: Student Writing Consultant

REQUIRED: Must be an undergraduate student in a degree-granting program for duration of employment. Must have fulfilled the first-year writing requirement. Interest in writing practice and pedagogy. Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

We especially welcome applications from candidates who meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • have experience in a writing center (as writing consultant, as client, or both) or collaborating with writers in other settings
  • are multilingual
  • have experience with writing across the disciplines—especially in science, technology, engineering, and math fields
  • have experience as language learners
  • have experience supporting language learners
  • are committed to or interested in working in an inclusive and diverse community
  • are committed to or interested in supporting student learning

We especially welcome candidates from underrepresented and/or marginalized communities and/or identities.

Position starts Fall 2017; ideal candidates will be able to work for the full academic year or for multiple years. The starting rate of pay for this position is $14.00 per hour, with subsequent increases reflecting training and experience. The consultant will work 8 to 15 hours per week. Interviews will begin on February 20, 2017.

Consult with undergraduate and graduate student writers from across the university on their writing projects in process to help them develop confidence and good writing habits. Enroll in WRIT 3751W: The Theory and Practice of Writing Consultancy in Fall 2017 (T/Th 4–5:15 pm, 12 Nicholson Hall). Participate in training, mentoring, and other professional development activities. Help to maintain accurate student records. Assist with publicity and other work as needed. Greet students, schedule appointments, and support students in the Nicholson Hall computer lab.  

Program/Unit Description   
Student Writing Support provides free writing instruction for all University of Minnesota students—graduate and undergraduate—at all stages of the writing process. In face-to-face and online collaborative consultations, we help students develop productive writing habits and revision strategies. The Center for Writing is committed to supporting student learning and to fostering an inclusive and diverse community.


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the University of Minnesota employment system. You may visit that site and enter 315083 under "keywords." Otherwise, use one of the following direct links to the position:

  • If you DO NOT currently hold a job at the University of Minnesota, click here.
  • If you DO currently hold a job at the University of Minnesota, click here.

To complete the application, follow these steps:

First, you will need to upload (1) a detailed 1–2-page cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in working in Student Writing Support, and (2) a resume that includes contact information for two professional or academic references.

Next, click on “My Activities,” which is one of the tabs at the top of the screen. Upload these documents: (3) an unofficial transcript (which you can download from MyU—Academics—Grades—Unofficial transcript)  and (4) one document containing two 3–5-page writing samples (e.g., research papers, lab reports, reflective essays, case notes, source/text analysis, business plans, creative writing, etc.), one of which must include source citations. Excerpts from longer papers are acceptable.

Applications are due on Sunday, February 12, 2017.