Writing Consultant (Peer Tutor) Position Description and Application
Writing Center consultants work with fellow Skagit students, individually or in small groups, to provide guidance and assistance in writing for courses in any discipline, at all stages of the writing process. The purpose of our Writing Center work is to help students build their skills, their confidence, and their comfort level as writers and as students. To best support these goals, consultants also integrate strategies for effective study and time management into their sessions and refer students to other college resources when appropriate.
As members of the Writer Center team, consultants are required to attend weekly meetings for continuing education and discussions about Center services. They may also communicate with instructors and may participate in workshops or other Center activities.
- Assist students who seek help with their writing (individually, occasionally in small groups)
- Assist in ongoing tasks (e.g., greeting students, answering the phone, filing paperwork, collating data) to ensure the Center runs smoothly and efficiently
- Present Writing Center orientations (in the Center or in classes)
- Adhere to Writing Center policies and enforce Center rules
- Attend weekly Consultant meetings
- Communicate with instructors, when appropriate, to discuss how to best serve writers in their courses
- Refer students to other campus resources when appropriate
- Meet with the Center Director as part of ongoing Consultant evaluation and complete self-evaluations
- Maintain payroll and Center data records thoroughly and on time
- May also have opportunities to participate in specialty student and faculty development workshops
- Writing Center Consultants must demonstrate academic achievement and good writing skills, intellectual curiosity, respect for and interest in the ideas of others, and an ability to establish rapport and communicate clearly and easily with fellow students.
- They must have good time management, promptness, and a sense of humor.
- It is critical that consultants have the ability to work well when things get busy, to be comfortable enforcing Writing Center rules, and to work with a range of student personalities and respond to a range of consulting situations.
- Applicants must have completed at least ENLG&101 (ENGL&102 preferred), hold a 3.0 or better in composition courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and provide a written faculty recommendation (see application). Preference may be given to applicants who have completed CMST& 210, Interpersonal Communication.
- Once hired, consultants must complete Consultant training (arranged with the Director) and attend weekly Center meetings (no exceptions). Training is paid hourly.
- Consultants must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to continue employment.
- Applicants must be 18 years old or older.
Download a position description and application form here:
WC_ConsultantApplication_PositionDescription (.docx file)
WC_ConsultantApplication_PositionDescription (.pdf file)