Job Description:

The goal of the Center for Writing and Learning is to help students become better, more independent learners. 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 review sessions and occasional workshops on topics in their discipline. Because some of our current Subject Tutors will return for another year at Puget Sound and will keep their position in the CWL, we do not hire new tutors in every subject area every year. We are currently seeking applicants for tutor positions in:

  • Science: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Exercise Science
  • Foreign Languages: Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, Greek & Latin
  • Math / Statistics: Math, Statistics, Psychology Statistics, Computer Science
  • Other: Economics, Accounting & Finance


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide coaching, both one-on-one and in groups, on disciplinary content and study skills.
  • Organize and lead review sessions and workshops on topics in their discipline.
  • Communicate with faculty to raise awareness of CWL resources and assess departmental needs for support.
  • Participate in ongoing training and professional development, including CWL orientation at the start of the fall semester and biweekly CWL staff meetings
  • Other duties as needed.

Minimum Requirements:

Subject Tutors blend strong content knowledge and academic growth with empathy for others and the ability to connect. They must collaborate well with other peer 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 learning, 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.

Subject Tutor positions are open to students with at least a 3.3 G.P.A. who are enrolled at the University of Puget Sound. 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:

7-9 hours/week. Weekly workload includes about 6 scheduled hours in the CWL and about an hour of outreach to their home departments, plus up to an additional 2 hours/week in fall semester for professional development. Subject tutors participate in ongoing training and professional development with an intellectually and socially engaged team of peers at the CWL.

How to apply:

Please apply through Handshake and submit the following 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 CWL and describe courses you’ve taken at Puget Sound in your subject area;
  3. An unofficial transcript.

Apply for this position via Handshake. You can search by job title, “Subject Tutor” or "Writing & Speaking Advisor," or look through the list of jobs under the “on-campus” filter.


Please send questions to:

CWL Director Deepti Dhir

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Last updated January 25, 2024.