Writing Center Consultant Application
Writing Center consultation requires three primary characteristics or attributes of its potential hires:
- A good understanding of the conventions of academic writing (preferably across the disciplines);
- Great interpersonal communication skills; and
- A high degree of motivation toward helping people understand how to communicate more effectively.
Ideally, we’d also like people with whom we can work: great colleagues in a community of shared practice.
All positions require roughly 55 hours of work per semester. You will be scheduled four hours of consultation per week, and there will be additional time for staff meetings and workshops. First-semester consultants are required to take ENG 403: Practicum in Writing Consultation (1 credit) during their first semester. As we typically hire during the spring semester, the course and first semester of consulting will be in the following fall.
There are four stages to the hiring process: application, mock consultation, consultant interview, and director interview. Most candidates go through the process and know their status (hired/not hired) by the end of April. However, we can extend the process into the summer. No hiring will be done after August 15th.
In order to be considered for the consultant position, applicants must submit the following materials (except the application form) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- The online application linked at the bottom of this page.
- A letter of recommendation from Truman faculty (preferred), faculty from other colleges or universities, or high school instructors. The letter of rec should focus on those three criteria listed above.
- Two writing samples 4-15 pages in length each. These should be scholarly works. One may be creative prose. These should be examples of your best writing and thinking.
- A letter of application describing your interest in the position.
If you haven’t heard from us within a week of your application submission, you may wish to email email@example.com requesting further information. Please note that all application materials will be shared only with current Writing Center consultants and the Director.
Not everyone will make it to the mock consultation/interview stage. If you don’t, it doesn’t mean that you’re a sucky candidate. It might simply mean that your application materials and/or mock consultation were just a smidgen less impressive than the candidates who did make it. Apply next year, if possible.
Candidates who do make it to the interview/mock stage will interview a current writing consultant and go through a mock consultation with a current consultant. Candidates who successfully make it through this stage will then interview with the Director.
Keep in mind that positions compensated through institutional funding (not scholarship hours) are more competitive, as institutional funds are more limited.
If you have further questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by PML 107.
By filling out and submitting the form linked below, you indicate that you have read and agree with the conditions described above: