Writing Center Consultant Application: Instructions


Keep in mind that we have institutional, workstudy, and scholarship positions available. However, the institutional positions are fewer in number and may be taken by current consultants wishing to switch from scholarship. All positions require roughly 60 hours of work per semester. You will be scheduled four hours of consultation per week, and there will be an additional hour per week of staff meeting and workshop time. First-semester consultants are required to take ENG 403: Practicum in Writing Consultation (2 cr.), during their first semester.

There are four stages to the hiring process: application, mock consultation, consultant interview, and director interview. Applications must be submitted no later than April 3rd. The interview process will run from March 2nd through April 10th. By April 18th, the hiring process will be completed.  By that date, all applicants should know their hiring status.

In order to be considered for the consultant position, applicants must submit the following materials:
  1. The online application at http://writingcenter.truman.edu/apply (this page).
  2. Two letters of recommendation from members of Truman faculty (preferably), faculty from other colleges or universities, or high school instructors.  You'll also need one letter of recommendation from a Truman student.  These recommendations may be emailed to write@truman.edu.  In fact, they can be in the body of the email (no need for fancy paper).
  3. Two writing samples 4-15 pages in length each. These may be scholarly works, or one may be creative prose. These should be examples of your best writing and thinking.
  4. A letter of application describing your interest in the position.
The last two items must be submitted to write@truman.edu) by April 3rd. If you haven't heard from us within a week of your application submission, you may wish to email write@truman.edu requesting further information. Please note that all application materials will be shared only with current Writing Center consultants.

Not everyone will make it to the mock consultation/consultant interview stage. If you don't, it doesn't mean that you're a sucky candidate.  It might simply mean that your credentials were just a smidgen less impressive than the candidates who did make it, like having a 3.98 GPA instead of a 4.0.  Apply next year.

Candidates who do make it to the interview/mock stage will be interviewed first by a current writing consultant and will then go through a mock conference with a current consultant. Candidates who successfully make it through this stage will then interview with the Director. 

If you have further questions, email us at write@truman.edu or stop by McClain 303. 

If you understand and agree to this process, put a check mark here and click the following button to go to the application form.