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Student Employment

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) offers multiple positions for undergraduate and graduate students, as described below.

We are not currently accepting applications. If you have questions about future hiring, please contact Kate Francis (francik@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-6406).

Undergraduate Positions

The HWC employs undergraduate students from all majors, as writing consultants, welcome staff, graphic designers, and marketing team members.

Writing Consultants

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

The HWC seeks undergraduate students from all disciplines to train as peer writing consultants and work approximately 7-10 hours per week. Consultants work with undergraduate and graduate writers from all disciplines in both face-to-face and online sites. Consultants also promote and support HWC services and events across campus, such as class visits, writing contests, resume blasts, orientations, and workshops for student organizations.

HWC consultants are offered multiple professional development opportunities, including ongoing training through weekly seminars, leadership roles, writing center research opportunities, and funding to present at regional, national, and international writing conferences.

Employers and graduate admissions committees frequently mention that experienced writing center consultants bring important training and skills relevant for jobs and graduate programs across a variety of sectors, from medicine to business to teaching (among many others).

Hiring Process

To become an HWC consultant, applicants engage in a two-part process: (1) applying through Student Employment/HireTouch and (2) enrolling in and successfully completing a required consultant training course, ENG 481.

  1. Interested students should submit application materials (see below) through the Student Employment website for consideration.
  2. Selected applicants will participate in a group interview with HWC staff.
  3. Successful interviewees will be invited to enroll in ENG 481, the required consultant-training course (Tuesdays and Thursday, 4:25-5:45)
  4. Students who successfully complete ENG 481 will be formally hired as HWC consultants.

In your application materials, please include the following:

  1. Cover Letter. Your cover letter should describe your interest in and qualifications for becoming a peer writing consultant. Please include the following information:
    • Your name, unique ID, major(s)/minor(s) and your current year at the top of the letter.
    • Description of experiences you believe would make you a great writing consultant. You don’t need to have prior consulting or tutoring experiences to be considered.
  2. Resume. Your resume should detail previous work experience, completed coursework, expected coursework for Fall 2017, extracurricular activities, and names and contact information for two references (one from MU faculty; one professional) with phone numbers.
  3. Two-Page Writing Sample. We welcome both academic and creative writing and value samples that illustrate your facility with language and thoughtful engagement with the topic. Provide a few sentences that give us some context for the writing. Please do not send more than two pages.

Graphic Designers

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

The graphic designers work with HWC staff and the marketing team to create promotional materials with eye-catching and professional design. Design projects may include the following:

  • print and digital marketing materials that reinforce the center's visibility and brand on campus
  • fliers and posters that promote HWC services and events
  • logos and t-shirt designs
  • website photos and graphics

Previous professional graphic design experience is not required but preferred. Applicants for this position must

  • be a rising junior or senior with a Graphic Design major and possess demonstrated design skills
  • be proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign (or similar graphics programs)
  • be creative, open-minded, and flexible
  • be well-organized with strong time-management ability
  • work effectively with a team

All applications are accepted through Student Employment. To complete your application, please submit a cover letter that describes the following:

  • your interest in the position
  • your qualifications for the position
  • previous experience that makes you a good candidate for the writing center team

Marketing Team

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

The Marketing Team is a group of marketing or IMS majors who work with HWC staff and our graphic designer to do the following:

  • create and implement new marketing strategies promoting HWC services and events
  • design and conduct campus-wide market research for the HWC

Previous marketing experience is not required but highly preferred. Applicants for this position must

  • be a rising junior or senior with a Marketing or IMS major
  • be well-organized with strong time-management ability
  • have strong oral and written communication skills
  • be creative, open-minded, and flexible
  • work effectively with a team

Applications are accepted through Student Employment. To complete your application, please submit a cover letter that describes the following:

  • your interest in the position
  • your qualifications for the position
  • previous experience that makes you a good candidate for the writing center team

Welcome Staff

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Applicants for this position must be well-organized with strong time-management, interpersonal, and oral communication skills. Welcome staff have the following responsibilities:

  • serve as the first point of contact for writers, faculty, and staff who visit our King Library location
  • assist writers with creating accounts in WCOnline, scheduling consultations, and understanding center services
  • answer phones
  • maintain a steady flow of operations within the writing center

Applications are accepted through Student Employment. To complete your application, please submit a cover letter that describes the following:

  • your interest in the position
  • your qualifications for the position
  • previous experience that makes you a good candidate for the writing center team

Graduate Positions

Graduate students can apply for a graduate assistantship or an hourly writing consultant position at the HWC. Additional graduate assistantship positions are also available:

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center (HWC)

This position is filled for 2017-18. Applications for 2018-19 will open in March 2018.

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. However, in Fall 2017 this course will be offered for the first time in several years. Thus, the Assistant Director will be expected to enroll in 581 during that semester. 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 (a director will be named by the time interviews are conducted).

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

Hourly Writing Consultant

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Graduate students who have assistantships elsewhere can still be considered for hourly work in the Howe Writing Center (up to 5 hours per week). Any student who is interested will automatically be considered for this work by enrolling in ENG 581 in the fall semester. All hourly consultants in the Writing Center, both graduate and undergraduate, will be required to take the 481/581 training course going forward. Hourly graduate consultants often work with the HCWE staff on special projects of interest to them (diversity and inclusion, online consulting, and outreach to creative writing students are some past projects). This hourly consulting is an excellent way to build a CV that includes both teaching and writing center experience. If the HCWE budget allows, hourly consultants will be eligible for conference travel assistance.