Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is part-time and works approximately 20 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Writing Center. This position is for the Danforth Campus. Ability to travel to Danforth, West, and Medical campus locations for workshops and other programming. Ability to travel to off campus locations for partnership programs (St. Louis City and St. Louis County).
Writing consultants must be comfortable and proficient in a variety of areas such as classroom and one-on-one instruction, workshop construction and facilitation, and student advising.� They provide one-to-one writing instruction for WUSTL undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff working on any kind of writing or speaking project, at any stage of the writing process, and they assist and at times take the lead in the design, execution, and instruction of workshops, programs, and classes that are part of The Writing Center’s partnerships with other centers and departments.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide one-to-one writing instruction to undergraduate and graduate students, following currently accepted writing center pedagogical practices.� Writing Center pedagogy does not simply emphasize writing skills or error-correction; instead, consultants emphasize the larger ideas in the paper, helping the writer discover what he or she wants to say and to say it clearly and persuasively.� Consultants ask questions to get the writers thinking, to help them generate ideas or come up with a rhetorical strategy that will work for a given topic, audience, or occasion.� They help writers of all skill levels think more deeply about their writing, which helps those writers produce stronger, more nuanced, more effective work.� Consultants emphasize the writing process; in other words, their goal is not to fix the paper, but rather to educate the writer so he or she can become a stronger writer and reviser in the future.� Consultants do not edit papers; instead, they look for patterns of error and teach writers how to revise their own work.�
Develop and teach workshops and classes for WUSTL undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff and non-WUSTL students (ranging from grade school to college age).� Workshops are often requested by other WUSTL departments and centers, as well as non-WUSTL educational organizations.� Consultants must be able to custom design an array of writing workshops, adapt them to a wide range of audiences, and deliver them in an engaging and effective manner.� This is essential to the effectiveness of a workshop, to the representation of the university, and to the promotion of The Writing Center.
Assist in training, mentoring, and supervising undergraduate peer tutors and graduate fellows working in The Writing Center.� During evening and weekend hours, consultants take the lead in supervising all student tutors.
Record-keeping, answering the telephone, handling walk-in traffic, making appointments, calling people on the waiting list.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in English, Writing, or a related field.
At least three years of experience teaching and/or tutoring writing at the college level.
Experience teaching or tutoring non-native English speakers.
Experience with curriculum and/or course design.
Experience working with legal writing, STEM writing, or grant writing.
At least five years of experience teaching or tutoring writing at the college level.
Extensive experience teaching or tutoring non-native English speakers.
Experience working with non-traditional college students.
Expertise in grant-writing, graduate/professional school personal statements, and related genres.
Excellent teaching skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Strong critical thinking skills.
Knowledge of writing center pedagogy, which is process-based, student-centered, and collaborative.
Knowledge of the pedagogy of composition and rhetoric.
Expertise in English grammar and mechanics.
Ability to quickly and effectively assess student writing and develop strategies to help the writer.
Ability to adapt tutorial and strategies to meet the needs of individual writers, while still remaining within the realm of writing center pedagogy.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently with little supervision.
A commitment to facilitating an inclusive college community.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter, CV, tutoring/teaching philosophy statement, and a writing sample of less than 10 pages.
The hiring range for this position is $21.18 - $26.99 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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