Graduate Opportunities

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence provides opportunities for graduate students to work in professional capacities in the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and/or the Writing Center.

Howe Writing Across the Curriculum

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC)

The Graduate Assistant Director position at the Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC) Program is designed to provide experience for doctoral students in Rhetoric and Composition who are interested in researching and potentially directing writing across the curriculum programs or other types of writing programs. In special cases, MA students will be considered.

In this position, you will receive administrative, curricular, consulting, pedagogical, and research experience that can inform your dissertation project and help prepare you to be competitive on the national job market.

Requirements:

  • Commitment to working in a collaborative environment with students and faculty from across the curriculum.
  • Ability to represent the HCWE in a professional manner.
  • Completed coursework that includes at least one composition theory and pedagogy course, either at Miami or at another institution.
  • A successful track record as an effective and innovative teacher of writing.

Desired experience:

  • Graduate coursework in writing program administration and/or assessment. 
  • Experience in writing program administration and/or assessment.

The student in this role will take a leadership role in the HCWE and attend regular HCWE staff meetings. He or she will report to Dr. Elizabeth Wardle, Director of the HCWE.

Work may include the following:

  • Assisting the HCWE Director in facilitating the Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Program.
  • Providing workshops and one-on-one consultations for faculty related to the teaching of writing across disciplines.
  • Assisting with faculty writing retreats and weekly writing hours.
  • Assisting with dissertation writing support groups.
  • Attending the GMP Committee and assisting with review of proposed Advanced Writing courses.

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

Application process:

All positions are filled for 2019-20. Applications for 2020-21 will open in March 2020.

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.

Howe Writing Center

 

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.

Desired experience:

  • Experience working in a writing center with both online and face-to-face consulting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Experience working with multilingual writers.
  • ENG 581 (or equivalent) completed prior to beginning position.
  • Graduate coursework in writing program administration and/or assessment .

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 HWC, 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.

Hourly Writing Consultant

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.

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