Student Employment

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) offers multiple paid positions for undergraduate and graduate students. Working at the HWC enables students to: 

  • Support Miami writers from across academic disciplines.
  • Help maintain a vibrant culture of writing on campus.
  • Conduct writing center-related research in a mentored environment.

Undergraduate Positions

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

Hourly Writing Consultant

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Support Staff

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

Graduate Positions

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

Hourly Writing Consultant

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

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