Employment

 The Writing Center is hiring for Fall 2017! We are looking for Undergraduate and Masters level students from all disciplines across the university who consider themselves strong writers and have a desire to help other people with their writing.

As a writing consultant, you will be trained in Writing Center pedagogy and gain effective techniques to assist all levels and types of university writers in becoming better writers. The Writing Center holds appointment-based sessions, drop-in sessions, and online sessions. Becoming a consultant in NU’s vibrant and busy Writing Center is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in writing, teaching, or who want to add some tutoring experience to their resumes. Qualities that we are looking for in potential consultants include self-motivation, engagement in the process of writing, interest in being a part of a writing and tutoring community, any experience in receiving and giving writing feedback beyond editing, and a desire to learn more about Writing Center pedagogy.

Interested parties should contact Belinda Walzer, Writing Center Director, at b.walzer@neu.edu with a current resume, short writing sample (no more than 7 pages), and a brief statement of interest that introduces yourself, your qualifications for the position, and your desire to work in the Writing Center. Please submit the application before April 10th. We will begin reviewing applications on April 10th but we will continue accepting applications until the positions are filled. Please see more information below about the Writing Center and the Consultant Job Description to see if this is the right position for you.

Thanks!

– The NEU Writing Center

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Writing Center Consultant Job Description:

Northeastern University Writing Center consultants work with students, faculty, and staff from across the university. Consultants offer writing support in three ways: in-person consulting, walk-in appointments, and online appointments. Responsibilities include:

  • Arrive on time and prepared for all scheduled consulting shifts
  • Observe the Writing Center Shift Cancellation PolicyHands 4
  • Write thorough client reports for each session
  • Read the Writing Center handbook
  • Attend 4 training meetings per semester
  • Complete administrative tasks as needed
  • Complete one formative peer-to-peer consultant observation per academic year
  • Attend the orientation, introductory training session during the first week of the semester (new consultants), and closing meeting.
  • Provide feedback on your tutoring and the Writing Center throughout the semester

Consultants also have the opportunity to and are encouraged to attend Writing Center events, guest lectures, contribute to ongoing research, and other professional development opportunities.

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About the Writing Center

The Writing Center (WC) at Northeastern University is a nexus for research, service, and programming centered around writing and the teaching of writing. It helps students, faculty, and alumni of all academic levels, from all disciplines, become more effective writers.

The Writing Center reinforces the work of the award winning Writing Program by understanding that writing serves multiple purposes and that effective writing takes many forms. Each consulting session is structured to reflect the philosophy that writing is knowledge making and that our work is to make better writers (rather than just better writing). Additionally, the Writing Center views writing as an intellectual activity—ideas are as important as the words used to express the ideas. To this end, we work to help writers through multiple and collaborative means–including the use of technology and alternative learning devices–to develop knowledge of and facility with the conventions that characterize different discourse communities and to reach individual writing goals. Our programming and research initiatives support these philosophies and work to create a community of writers at Northeastern.

Consultants in the Writing Center are carefully selected and trained undergraduates and experienced graduate students and teachers of writing who work with any member of the Northeastern community on aspects of writing, from conceptualizing, planning, researching, organizing, drafting, and revising.