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Graduate Student Positions

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

Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistantships in the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) are intended to provide students with administrative, curricular, consulting, pedagogical, and research experience that can inform their dissertation projects and help prepare them to be competitive on the national job market. All applicants should be committed to working in a collaborative environment with students and faculty from across the curriculum and representing the HCWE in a professional manner.

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center (HWC)

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.

Additional Graduate Assistantships

Please view the descriptions for additional graduate assistantship positions below:

Application Process

All positions are filled for 2017-18. Applications for 2018-19 will open in March 2018.

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

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.