Student Employment

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) is currently recruiting hourly graduate writing consultants to work the Spring 2020 term. Applying involves two steps:

  1. Attend an Open House event to learn about the HWC and consulting (Monday, Oct. 28, 3:00PM–5:00PM; Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9:00AM–11:00AM; or Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:00AM–11:00AM)
  2. Complete an online application by Tuesday, Nov. 12. 
Use the drop-downs below to RSVP for an Open House and, afterward, to apply for a consultant position. 

Graduate Positions

Graduate students can apply for a graduate assistantship or an hourly writing consultant position at the HWC.

Hourly Writing Consultant – RSVP for Open House

The HWC is currently recruiting graduate students from all disciplines to apply to serve as hourly writing consultants.

Interested graduate students should RSVP to attend one of our drop-in Open Houses on Monday, Oct. 28, 3:00PM–5:00PM, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9:00AM–11:00AM, or Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:00AM–11:00AM (doughnuts provided!) to learn more about our program. Following the Open House, you can apply to be a writing consultant by submitting a brief letter of interest. Those who are hired will be trained over the Spring 2020 term and begin consulting by mid-March. You should be prepared to spend a minimum of 3 hours/week on (paid) training, increased to at least 4 hours/week of writing center work once you begin consulting.

Graduate students who have full-time assistantships are eligible to work five hours/week for us. Graduate students without assistantships can work up to 20 hours/week for us. The beginning pay rate is the highest we are allowed to pay graduate students, per the student employment office, at $10/hour, with yearly increases. Graduate students should note that their paid work includes all the hours they spend at the Howe, including their training.

Finally, interested applicants should know that, while an interest in writing is obviously crucial to consulting work, considering oneself an “excellent writer” is not a fundamental criteria for becoming an excellent consultant. Instead, we look for graduate students who are responsive, reliable, adaptable, curious, empathetic, and eager to learn more about writing and consulting; and who are interested in supporting writers of various backgrounds, abilities, and countries of origin.


Hourly Writing Consultant – Apply for Position

Thank you for attending an Open House and learning more about the Howe Writing Center (HWC). We're so glad that you are interested in joining us as an hourly graduate consultant.

To be considered, we ask that you complete the application along the link below by Tuesday, Nov. 12. You'll need to provide information about your graduate student status and 2020 Spring term schedule, plus a brief statement of interest (about 250-500 words) about why you think you'd be a good fit for the position.

We will make our hiring decisions by Friday, Nov. 22. 

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Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center (HWC)

This position is filled for 2019-20. Applications for 2020-21 will open in March 2020.

This position is designed to provide experience for doctoral students in Rhetoric and Composition who are interested in researching and potentially directing writing centers or other writing support programs. In special cases, MA students will be considered.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience working in a writing center with both online and face-to-face consulting; a demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduate students; and/or experience working with multilingual writers.

Ideally, candidates should have taken ENG 581 prior to beginning the position. Other prior graduate coursework in writing program administration and/or assessment would be helpful.

The Assistant Director will take a leadership role in the HCWE and attend regular HCWE staff meetings. He or she will report to the Director of the Howe Writing Center, Dr. Lizzie Hutton.

Work may include the following:

  • Assisting in conducting ongoing training seminars for student consultants
  • Mentoring undergraduate consultants in carrying out research projects
  • Assisting in designing and carrying out targeted assessments of writing center initiatives
  • Working with the Director to design initiatives for increasing usage of the Writing Center, including usage by diverse populations of students
  • Conducting in-class workshops related to writing center work
  • Helping design and implement special events such as student writing hours and writing contests
  • Consulting on a limited basis each week, as needed

Appointment is for one year, with possibility for renewal. The position comes with generous travel funds for presentations at relevant conferences.

Application Process

Students interested in this position should submit the following:

  • a CV that highlights relevant coursework and experience
  • a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as any special goals or initiatives the candidate might want to pursue in the position
  • a 1-page administrative philosophy that includes a discussion of core principles for decision-making
  • an academic writing sample
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., a sample syllabus, end-of-course evaluations, teaching observation letter)
  • the names and contact information for two references


Undergraduate Positions

The HWC employs undergraduate students from all majors as writing consultants and welcome staff.

Writing Consultants

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Support Staff

The Howe Writing Center is looking for friendly, detail-oriented self-starting students who are excited about fully engaging with the Howe Writing Center and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

Support staff will regularly:

  1. Welcome visitors and writers to the HWC.
  2. Assist with appointment scheduling for all HWC locations, both face-to-face and online.
  3. Maintain complete knowledge of HWC and HCWE (events, staff, policies and protocols) in order to efficiently assist faculty and students.
  4. Collect and help manage HWC data.
  5. Create, populate, and maintain spreadsheets, both google and excel.
  6. Maintain HWC locations as clean and welcoming.

Work assignments are completed under close supervision. Procedures are well established. Employees typically follow well-defined policies and procedures.

Procedures are well established.

Employees typically follow well-defined policies and procedures.

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