Becoming a Subject Tutor

Subject Tutor applications for the 2020-21 academic year

Job Description:

The goal of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching is to help students become better, more independent students. Subject Tutors serve as experienced peer mentors in their discipline and provide students with one-on-one support in both the content of their classes and their study skills. Subject Tutors also organize and lead study groups, review sessions, and workshops on topics in their discipline.

Weekly workload ranges between 6-10 hours per week, and includes 6 scheduled hours in the CWLT, outreach to their home departments, organizing review sessions and weekly staff meetings. Subject Tutors participate in ongoing training and professional development with an intellectually and socially engaged team of peers at the CWLT.


We actively seek a diverse team of learners to work in the CWLT because we believe that it broadens perspectives on how to define good writing and effective learning, creates a community where more students feel represented, comfortable, and safe, and reflects the kind of campus we aspire to be. We encourage students to apply who have not always seen themselves as the “best” students in their classes, but who have gained confidence in themselves through the support of professors and peers. The best tutors aren’t necessarily those who have always found school to be easy—often, they are students who have had to learn difficult lessons for themselves and are able to coach and encourage others more effectively as a result.

Subject Tutors blend strong content knowledge and academic growth with empathy for others and the ability to connect. They must collaborate well with diverse peers, faculty, and staff. They must be responsible, organized, and able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Finally, they must have a positive attitude about learning, a strong sense of integrity, and the ability to listen well to others. Prior tutoring experience is not required.

Subject Tutor positions are open to students with at least a 3.3 G.P.A. The CWLT values international travel and a student’s plans to study abroad does not prevent their application from being considered; however, students must be on campus during the Fall 2020 semester to take CWLT 300 (a quarter-unit course for academic credit) and to participate in CWLT orientation. Students must also be available to arrive on campus early to participate in New Student Orientation. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, though we encourage rising sophomores to apply.



Because some of our current Subject Tutors will return for another year at Puget Sound and will keep their position in the CWLT, we do not hire new tutors in every subject area every year. For 2020-21, we are actively seeking applicants for tutor positions in Accounting & Finance, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, Exercise Science, German, Japanese, Math, Psychology Statistics, Spanish, and Statistics. 
That being said, the CWLT does adjust our allocation of resources from year to year in response to feedback from faculty and students: if you are from a subject area in which we aren't actively seeking applicants but you can make a persuasive case for why we should consider you, we would still like to see your application. In this case, your application will be stronger if you can point to multiple subject areas you would be qualified to tutor in, or if you also submit an application to become a Writing Advisor.


How to Apply:

Apply for this position via Handshake, accessed at You can search by job title, “Subject Tutor,” or look through the list of jobs in the “on-campus jobs” area. Applications are due on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5 pm and consist of the following materials: 

1. A cover letter, addressing your interest in the position, what you would bring to the position, and how your experiences (academic, co-curricular, and prior work) have prepared you to contribute to a safe, respectful, and diverse learning community.  Please also include any previous experiences with the CWLT and describe courses you’ve taken at Puget Sound in your subject area.

2. A resume

3. An unofficial transcript

We will contact finalists for group semifinalist and individual finalist interviews. All hiring decisions will be made before spring break. 

Students studying abroad in Spring ’20 may apply and interview early, before they leave; otherwise, we will contact semifinalists for an individual Skype interview.

If you have any questions about the application process or the positions, contact CWLT Interim Director Rachael Shelden at or 253.879.3790.