• Writing Center 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 with writers from across campus. All education takes place during work hours and focuses on peer tutoring and learning, supporting writers working on unfamiliar genres and projects, anti-racist and anti-ableist tutoring practices, and more. After their first quarter, consultants have opportunities 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, included in paid work hours
    • Hold face-to-face and 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, support outreach efforts (including class visits, resource development, social media, workshops, and events) that contribute to writing center research 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 wide variety of strategies
    • Willingness to explore one’s own writing processes and to learn about writing in varied disciplines and contexts, and seeing oneself as an ongoing learner
    • Ability to think critically, assess situations, and solve problems
    • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
    • Commitment to becoming an engaged member of a collaborative and inclusive environment


    Required Qualifications

    • Must be a University of Denver student enrolled at least half-time for the 2022-23 academic year. Undergraduate students must be enrolled at the sophomore level or above and have passed WRIT 1133 or the equivalent
    • Experience in writing researched academic papers of more than five pages
    • Ability to use online and print resources to address writing questions


    Supervision & Training

    All new consultants must be enrolled in classes at least half time and available to work during fall 2022 and winter and spring 2023. 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 who will be enrolled at least half-time in 2022-23 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 September 1, 2022.

    ***Please confirm in your paragraph of interest that you have a work study award or have applied for one.***

    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: 02-Aug-2022 10:54 AM