Writing Workshop Tutor and Mentor Positions 

**Applications are now open. Complete the application form by 3/25 at 12pm.**

Thank you for your interest in the Writing Workshop! We are always looking for exceptional communicators and dedicated students to join our community of peer tutors. Our tutors and mentors are responsible, knowledgeable, and passionate about supporting other writers on campus. Joining the Writing Workshop means participating in meaningful work and gaining valuable professional skills. We would love to work with you!

Tutors and Mentors are hired each spring to begin work the following fall semester (unless you plan to study abroad in the fall). Applicants should feel comfortable discussing writing at all stages, from brainstorming and drafting to revising and editing, but you should not feel pressure to be an expert on all kinds of writing. We are looking for applicants who are active learners and have a clear sense of their own process as thinkers and writers. Applicants should show strong writing skills and, importantly, have a passion for working with other students.

Applications for the 2022-23 Academic Year are due on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 12 PM EST. Unfortunately, late submissions will not be considered. A complete application will include:

  • JOB RANKING: While we will do our best to honor your preferences, we cannot guarantee that tutors will receive their first choice position. Before filling out your application, please read the job descriptions here.
  • REFERENCES: List the names of 2 faculty, staff or Wesleyan community members who can comment on your interpersonal skills and interest in writing and mentoring. No letters of recommendation are required.
  • MOST RECENT TRANSCRIPT: You are welcome to obtain an official transcript from the University, but a screenshot of your unofficial transcript is acceptable. You can find your unofficial transcript by navigating to your “Academic History” through your WesPortal.
  • WRITING SAMPLE: We want to see your proudest undergrad material! It can be about any topic, submitted for any course, written for any purpose or discipline. Feel free to submit something with professor feedback on it, too.

We will review application materials, and let students know about interviews on or around March 30th. Students who make it to the interview phase, will participate in a 60 minute group interview with two other candidates. All applicants will be notified about final hiring decisions by April 13th.

 

FAQs

Q: How many hours a week would I need to commit to this job?

A: Writing Workshop tutors work between one and ten hours per week, according to their scheduling preferences and the demand for Workshop services. The vast majority of tutors work five hours per week. 

Q: What would be my start/end date?

A: The Workshop opens every semester following the Drop/Add Period and is closed during breaks. Tutors and mentors are not expected to work during the first week of classes or finals week, although for those who are interested we offer opportunities to work during finals week on an hourly basis.

Q: I’ve never worked in a role like this before. How will I learn the necessary skills and expectations?

A: Regardless of previous experience, all new staff members writing tutors and mentors partake in an intensive two day training before their first semester of work. New tutors then join veteran tutors in continuing their professional development through a .5 credit course, the Ford Seminar, each semester they work with the Workshop. Through the Ford Seminar, tutors and mentors reflect on their praxis, share and develop new methods in their work, discuss research in the field, and work together on troubleshooting issues that may come up in their work. Registration for the Ford Seminar occurs during the Drop/Add period.

Q: I’ve worked for the Workshop before and would like to return. Do I need to re-apply?

A: We would love to welcome you back to the Writing Workshop! If it has been two semesters or less since you held a position in the Writing Workshop, please contact Ford Fellow CeCe Payne at writingworks@wesleyan.edu. If it has been more than two semesters since you last worked for us, please fill out a new application below.

Q: How much will I be paid for my work?

A: Writing tutors and mentors are paid a starting rate of $14/hour, and are eligible for a $0.25 raise after each semester they work for the Workshop and fully participate in the Ford Seminar. Tutors and mentors also receive a .25 credit for participation in the Ford Seminar. It is the responsibility of all tutors and mentors to fill out any required forms with the Payroll office before they can be paid. Additionally, tutors and mentors must log their work hours using Workforce Time.

 

If you have any remaining questions, please feel free to email Ford Fellow CeCe Payne at writingworks@wesleyan.edu. There is no need to email the Ford Fellow to confirm the receipt of your application or inquire about receiving an interview.