The Writing Center is currently not hiring, but we are always on the lookout for Undergraduate and Master’s level students from all disciplines across the university who are strong writers and have a desire to help other people become better writers.
Who Should Apply?: We’re looking for students who are reliable, self-motivated, understand the writing process, interested in being a part of a writing community, experienced in receiving and giving writing feedback beyond editing, and want to learn more about Writing Center pedagogy.
About the Writing Center: The Writing Center is a nexus for research, service, and programming centered around writing and the teaching of writing. We help any member of the Northeastern community on any aspect of writing or composing so that they become more effective writers. We understand that writing serves multiple purposes and that effective writing takes many forms. We value multilingual and translingual approaches to writing and recognize that the process of writing is as important to developing ideas as are the words used to express those ideas. Our programming and research initiatives support these philosophies and work to create a community of writers at Northeastern.
About the Job: Consultants offer writing support by appointment in 45 minute-long sessions at two locations or online. Consultants prepare for sessions ahead of time, write in-house client report forms after each session, and often do administrative tasks during their scheduled desk duty. There are multiple training meetings per semester, including orientation and introductory training sessions during the first week of the semester (for new consultants), and a closing meeting on reading day. Consultants help to create a community of writers by completing formative peer-to-peer consultant observations and otherwise supporting fellow consultants. Consultants also have the opportunity to and are encouraged to participate in Writing Center events, guest lectures, research, workshops, and other professional development opportunities.
How to Apply: Plan on submitting the following:
- a one-page cover letter that discusses your qualifications for the position and your desire to work in the Writing Center
- a current resume with relevant experience
- a short writing sample (no more than 7 pages).
Contact information for applications will be provided during the next hiring period.
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 Policy
- 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.
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.