Becoming a Subject Tutor

Subject Tutor applications for the 2017-18 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 includes about 6 scheduled hours in the CWLT and about an hour of outreach to their home departments. 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 2017 semester to take CWLT 300 (a quarter-unit course) and to participate in CWLT 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 2017-18, we are actively seeking applicants for tutor positions in Accounting/Finance, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, Exercise Science, French, German, Math, Psychology Statistics, and Spanish.

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:

All students applying for Peer Subject Tutor positions at the Writing Center should submit an application to CWLT Interim Director Rachael Shelden at the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, Howarth 105, by Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5 pm. The application consists of the following materials: 

1. A cover letter, with your current address and phone number on it, in which you address these questions:

  • Why are you interested in being a Subject Tutor and what would you bring to the position?
  • Have you ever been to the CWLT? If so, what was your experience here?
  • What major(s) have you declared, and what (if any) other areas of academic interest have you developed through your coursework at Puget Sound or elsewhere?
  • What courses have you taken at Puget Sound in your subject area? Who were the professors in those courses?
  • What co-curricular and work experiences have you had, at Puget Sound or elsewhere? How (if at all) do you see these experiences contributing to the work you would do as a Subject Tutor?
  • Why is diversity important in the CWLT, and how have your experiences at Puget Sound prepared you to contribute to a safe and respectful learning community?
  • When do you plan to graduate?

2. A resume

3. An unofficial transcript

We will contact finalists for group semifinalist and individual finalist interviews before spring break.


Students studying abroad in Spring ’17 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 Rachael Shelden at or 253.879.3790.