• Now Hiring

    Writing Center Consultants

    for the 2021-22 Academic Year

     

    ***We ask all applicants to apply for a federal work study award; contact stuemp@du.edu for details.***

     

    Department Summary

    The University of Denver Writing Center is a collaborative and community-oriented learning environment that is committed to working with all writers--students, faculty, and staff--at the University of Denver. A staff of graduate and undergraduate peer consultants from a wide variety of backgrounds and fields of study offer inquiry-based and non-evaluative writing support in individual writing consultations, class visits, workshops, resources, and more. In the 2021-22 academic year, we will be offering services onilne as well as face-to-face, so all staff have opportunities to work remotely and in Anderson Academic Commons. 

     

  • Consultant

     

    Position Summary

    Writing Center consultants hold individual and small-group writing consultations with a wide variety of student, faculty, and staff writers at the University of Denver. Consultants participate in intensive and ongoing education and training so that they learn what they need to know to be able to work writers from across campus. All education takes place during work hours and focuses on peer tutoring and learning, supporting writers working on unfailiar genres and projects, anti-racist and anti-ableist tutoring practices, and more. Adter their first quarter, consultants have opportuities to participate in research and collaborative projects. 

     

    Essential Functions

    • Participate in ongoing education and professional development, including weekly training in writing center theory and practice as part of paid work hours
    • Hold face-to-face and/or online consultations with a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate student writers
    • In working with individuals and groups of writers, clarify writers’ needs, collaboratively set agendas, and identify relevant strategies and resources
    • Use research and problem-solving skills to address a wide range of writing questions and issues
    • Continue to learn and apply new knowledge in writing genres, processes, concepts, and approaches to consulting, including valued practices in peer learning, anti-racist tutoring, and anti-ableist educational practices
    • Document consultations thoroughly; communicate effectively with writers and other audiences
    • Work in shifts of 2-5 hours, including evenings and weekends in some quarters (most consultants work 8-11 hours per week)
    • After your first quarter, contribute to resource development, research, outreach, and assessment.
    • Be an active member of a collaborative and inclusive community 

     

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Willingness to learn to work with a wide variety of writers using a variety of strategies
    • Commitment to becoming an engaged member of a collaborative and inclusive environment
    • Willingness to explore one’s own writing processes and to learn about writing in varied disciplines and contexts, seeing oneself as an ongoing learner
    • Ability to think critically, assess situations, and solve problems
    • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

     

    Required Qualifications

    • Willingness to learn to work with a wide variety of writers using a variety of strategies
    • Commitment to becoming an engaged member of a collaborative and inclusive environment
    • Willingness to explore one’s own writing processes and to learn about writing in varied disciplines and contexts, seeing oneself as an ongoing learner
    • Ability to think critically, assess situations, and solve problems
    • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

     

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Fluency in a second language in addition to English

     

    Supervision & Training

    All new consultants must be enrolled in classes at least half time and available to work during fall 2021 and winter and spring 2022. In fall quarter, all new consultants participate in 4+ hours of training per week as part of their paid work hours; this training includes readings, short writing assignments, observations of current consultants, and discussion. In subsequent quarters, all consultants participate in ongoing education. Note: undergraduate students must be  sophomores, juniors, or seniors; enrolled at least half-time, and have passed (or be currently enrolled in) WRIT 1133. All prospective and current graduate students are welcome to apply.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    Writing Center consultants work during the fall, winter, and spring academic quarters and earn $15.00 to $18.00 per hour, depending on experience and education. Most undergraduate consultants work 8-9 hours per week; most graduate consultants work 10-12 hours per week. In compliance with Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), non-benefited employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

     

    Application Details

    Please submit your resume or CV, cover letter, an academic writing sample of 5+ pages, and a short paragraph of recommendation from an academic or professional reference to Dr. Juli Parrish at wrc@du.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue through August 20, 2021.

     

    ***We ask all applicants to apply for a federal work study award; contact stuemp@du.edu for details.***

     

    We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law. We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

     

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. These are required for all part-time, full-time, and student employee hires.

  • Student Desk Assistant

    Position Summary

    Writing Center Student Desk Assistants serve as a point of contact between our staff and the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who come to us for help. Desk Assistants staff the front desk in the Writing Center in Anderson Academic Commons and may also manage the Zoom room that functions as our front desk. They communicate with writers, manage the daily schedule, respond to email and online inquiries, monitor our Slack channel and other workplace messaging systems, identify and use resources to answer questions and provide support to consultants, and help to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment. Desk Assistants may also contribute to the Writing Center by developing resources, social media, and outreach to the campus community.

     

    Essential Functions

    • Communicate effectively and proactively with staff, supervisors, and DU students, faculty, and staff in person and via Zoom, email, and phone.
    • Staff and manage the front desk, including monitoring and updating the schedule and workplace messaging systems, and greeting and interacting with writers. This may at times include staffing the online front desk in Zoom.
    • Identify and use appropriate resources to answer questions and provide support to the campus community.
    • Support peer writing consultants by answering questions and helping to ensure that they have what they need to perform their role successfully
    • Identify, address, and document potential scheduling and consulting problems ahead of time.
    • Maintain a professional and welcoming atmosphere in the online Writing Center. 
    • Help to maintain, update, and share materials and resources.
    • Participate in regular small-group and 1:1 staff meetings and professional development / educational opportunities.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

     

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Ability and willingness to think creatively and critically and to approach questions and problems from multiple angles
    • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and rhetorically with a diverse range of individuals
    • Willingness to learn actively on the job and to be proactive about identifying areas for growth
    • Ability to copy-edit text for internal and external distribution
    • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

     

    Required Qualifications

    • Must be a University of Denver student enrolled at least half-time for the 2021-2022 academic year. First-year students are welcome to apply.  
    • Experience with writing academic papers for school or work.
    • Ability to use online and print resources to address writing questions.
    • Confirmed work study award.

     

    Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    • Experience with customer service in any environment
    • Experience with social media
    • Experience with Zoom or similar online video meeting platform

     

    Supervision & Training

    Writing Center Student Desk Assistants receive 1:1 and small-group training, including an orientation at the beginning of fall quarter and weekly staff meetings throughout the year. Desk Assistants will be asked to attend 2-3 meetings of the Writing Center Theory & Practice course that all writing consultant stake in fall quarter as a way to learn about our practices and get to know fellow staff members.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    Writing Center Student Desk Assistants work during the fall, winter, and spring academic quarters and start at $14.77 hour, with increase depending on experience and education. In compliance with Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), non-benefited employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

     

    Application Details

    Please submit your resume or CV, cover letter, an academic writing sample that includes citations, and a short paragraph of recommendation from an academic or professional reference to Dr. Juli Parrish at wrc@du.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue through August 10, 2021.

    We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law. We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. These are required for all part-time, full-time, and student employee hires.

This portfolio last updated: 21-Sep-2021 9:20 AM