The goal of the Center for Writing and Learning is to help students become better, more independent writers. Writing Advisors serve as experienced peer readers and feedback providers to students who are working on drafts of papers from across the disciplines, at any stage in the writing process. Writing Advisors also assist faculty and students in first-year seminars, helping to lead workshops and to provide student feedback on writing and writing assignments.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
- Working one-to-one with students who come to the CWL with papers at any stage in the writing process.
- Acting as a liaison to first-year seminars and working with faculty and students in those classes by doing such things as going to the class and giving an introduction to the CWL, meeting one-to-one with students in the class, or offering workshops to the class.
- Collaborating 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.
- New writing advisors must take CWL 300 (a 0.25-unit course) in Fall 2022.
- Other duties as needed.
Writing Advisor positions are open to students with at least a 3.3 G.P.A. The CWL values international travel, and a student’s plans to study abroad in the spring do not prevent their application from being considered. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, though we will consider exceptional rising sophomores.
Writing Advisors blend strong writing skills 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 organized, responsible, and able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Finally, they must have a positive attitude about writing, an understanding of the major concepts of English grammar, a strong sense of integrity, and the ability to listen well to others. Prior tutoring experience is not required.
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:
About 7 hours/week. Weekly workload includes scheduled hours in the CWL, regular staff meetings, and liaison work with first-year seminars. Writing advisors also participate in ongoing training and professional development with an intellectually and socially engaged team of peers at the CWL.
How to apply:
Applications for next year are now closed. We will begin hiring for the 2023-24 school year in Spring 2023.
When you apply, please submit the following required documents: 1) Resume; 2) Cover Letter addressing your interest in the position, what you would bring to the 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 CWL 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.
Interviews will take place beginning the last week of February. For questions about the position or the hiring process, please reach out to Prof. Amy Spivey, Lead Faculty Advisor in the CWL, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated March 23, 2022.