Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
- Work one-to-one with students who come to the CWL with papers at any stage in the writing process.
- Act as a liaison to first-year seminars and work with faculty and students in those classes by going to the class and giving an introduction to the CWL, meeting one-to-one with students in the class, or offering writing workshops to the class.
- Collaborate with other writing advisors, subject tutors, and CWL staff to develop and offer CWL programming.
- Participate in ongoing training and professional development, including CWL orientation at the start of the fall semester and biweekly CWL staff meetings.
- New writing advisors must take CWL 300 (a 0.25-unit course) in Fall 2023.
- Other duties as needed.
Writing Advisors blend strong writing skills and academic growth with empathy for others and the ability to connect. They must collaborate well with fellow tutors, faculty, and staff. They must be organized, responsible, and able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Finally, they must have a positive attitude about writing, a strong sense of integrity, and the ability to listen well to others. Prior tutoring experience is not required, but the candidate should describe in their cover letter how their prior experiences prepare them for the role of peer tutor.
Writing Advisor positions are open to students with at least a 3.3 G.P.A. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, though we will consider exceptional rising sophomores. The CWL values international travel, and a student’s plans to study abroad in the spring do not prevent their application from being considered.
Candidates must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Hours per week:
7 hours/week. Weekly workload includes about 6 scheduled hours in the CWL and liaison work with first-year seminars. Writing advisors participate in ongoing training and professional development with an intellectually and socially engaged team of peers at the CWL.
How to apply:
Please note that the application window for the 2023-2024 academic year has now closed. We are now in the process of reviewing applications, and interviews will begin in early March. We anticipate making hiring decisions by early April.
In future years, you may apply for this position via Handshake. You can search by job title, "Writing Advisor” or "Subject Tutor", or look through the list of jobs under the “on-campus” filter.
When you apply, please submit the following required documents: 1) Resume; 2) Cover Letter addressing your interest and fit for the tutor position, and how your experiences have prepared you to contribute to a safe, respectful, and diverse learning community. Please also include any previous experiences with the Center for Writing & Learning and describe courses you’ve taken at Puget Sound with a writing component; 3) An unofficial transcript; 4) Two papers (scanned) with the professor’s comments.
For questions about the position or the hiring process, please reach out to Deepti Dhir, Interim Director of the CWL, at email@example.com.
Last updated February 22, 2023.