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C4W staff Dec 2017

The Center for Writing is hiring undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants for the 2018–2019 academic year!
The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Student Writing Consultant position (for applicants who are undergraduate students)

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.

PREFERRED:
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.

Duties/Responsibilities
Position starts Fall 2018; 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.

Consult with undergraduate and graduate student writers from across the university on their writing projects in process to help them develop confidence and effective writing habits. Enroll in WRIT 3751W: The Theory and Practice of Writing Consultancy in Fall 2018 (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 (SWS) helps student writers develop confidence and effective writing strategies through collaborative one-to-one writing consultations. Working with graduate and undergraduate writers at any stage of the writing process, SWS consultants listen to writers, read and respond to their written work, pose questions that help them clarify and articulate their ideas, and affirm the experiences and abilities they bring to their writing. SWS values all writers and their life experiences, worldviews, and languages, and seeks to provide a supportive space for all writers to share and develop their voices.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online. Go to the UMN student employment site and type the job ID number "321846" in the search bar.

Be prepared 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.

After you apply online, 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 by Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Interviews will begin no earlier than March 20, 2018.

If you have questions about this position or about applying online, please contact Dr. Jasmine Kar Tang, Co-Director, Center for Writing, at jkt@umn.edu.

Student Writing Consultant graduate assistantship (for applicants who are graduate students)

REQUIRED: Must be an enrolled student in a graduate or professional University of Minnesota program for duration of employment. Experience teaching with writing at a secondary or college level, whether in the classroom or in a writing center. Interest in writing practice and pedagogy. Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

PREFERRED:
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 and teaching with writing across the disciplines—especially in science, technology, engineering, and math fields
  • have advanced status in MA or PhD program (i.e., done with coursework).
  • have experience as language learners
  • have experience teaching or consulting with 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.

Duties/Responsibilities
Position starts Fall 2018; ideal candidates will be able to work for the full academic year or multiple years. Positions are typically 25% or 50% TAships, paid the standard CLA rate of $22.89/hr plus tuition and fringe benefits.

Consult with undergraduate and graduate student writers from across the university on their writing projects in process to help them develop confidence and effective writing strategies. Participate in training, mentoring, and other professional development activities, including a six-week professional development seminar for new graduate writing consultants focused on some of the questions and challenges of writing center work, with particular attention to race, racism, privilege, and power. Help to maintain accurate student records. Assist with publicity and other work as needed.  

Program/Unit Description   
Student Writing Support (SWS) helps student writers develop confidence and effective writing strategies through collaborative one-to-one writing consultations. Working with graduate and undergraduate writers at any stage of the writing process, SWS consultants listen to writers, read and respond to their written work, pose questions that help them clarify and articulate their ideas, and affirm the experiences and abilities they bring to their writing. SWS values all writers and their life experiences, worldviews, and languages, and seeks to provide a supportive space for all writers to share and develop their voices.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online. Go to the UMN student employment site and type the job ID number "321841" in the search bar.

Be prepared to upload (1) a detailed 1–2 page letter describing your qualifications and interest in working in Student Writing Support, and (2) a resume/CV that includes contact information for two professional or academic references.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 25, 2018. Interviews will begin no earlier than Monday, March 5.

If you have questions about this position or about applying online, please contact Dr. Katie Levin, Co-Director, Center for Writing, at kslevin@umn.edu.