Writing Center Consultant Application
Writing Center consultation requires three primary characteristics or attributes of its potential hires:
- A good understanding of academic English and academic writing conventions (preferably across the disciplines);
- Great interpersonal communication skills; and
- A high degree of motivation toward helping people understand how to communicate more effectively and do it without developing anxiety issues.
Ideally, we’d also like people with whom we can work–great colleagues in a community of shared practice.
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 (1 credit) during their first semester. As we typically hire in the spring, 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. Applications must be submitted no later than the first Friday in April. The interview process will run generally from the first Monday in March through the second Friday in April. Typically, by the third Monday in April, the hiring process will be completed. By that date, all applicants should know their hiring status. That having been said, if it’s April 23rd and you just became aware of the opportunity, apply.
In order to be considered for the consultant position, applicants must submit the following materials (except the app form) by email to email@example.com:
- The online application at the bottom of this page.
- Two letters of recommendation from Truman faculty (preferably), faculty from other colleges or universities, or high school instructors. You’ll also need one letter of recommendation from a fellow student.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/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. 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 conference 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 email@example.com or stop by Kirk 120.
By filling out and submitting the form linked below, you indicate that you have read and agree with the conditions described above: