The Writing Center is staffed by an accomplished group of undergraduate and graduate student consultants. Graduate consultants are Graduate Teaching Assistants in the English MA and MFA programs; undergraduate ("peer") consultants come from majors across the university and may apply directly to work in the Writing Center.
Peer consultants in their first semester of consulting register for one credit of ENGH 389, a course that teaches theories and practice of writing, learning, and writing consulting. In the fall, ENGH 389 is offered in one intensive week before the term begins. In the spring, course meetings take place once a week, and students begin consulting about half-way through the semester.
Because peer consultants work with writers in disciplines across the university, they should have the following qualifications:
Peer consultants are selected through a competitive process that includes faculty recommendations and an interview. Interested students may apply directly or ask a faculty member in an English or Writing-Intensive course to recommend them.
To apply directly to be a peer consultant, students should provide a resume, a brief statement explaining why they want to work at the Writing Center; two faculty recommendations that address writing ability, interpersonal skills, and reliability; and two writing samples. If possible, the samples should be from different disciplines, and at least one should use and incorporate sources. Faculty recommendations may be sent directly to the Writing Center director Susan Lawrence at email@example.com.
To begin consulting in the spring term, students should send applications by November 15 of the preceding semester. To begin consulting in the fall, students should send applications by April 15 of the preceding semester. All applications should be addressed to the Writing Center director at firstname.lastname@example.org.