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Writing Consultants Needed!
Are you a skilled writer? Are you creative? Are you familiar with MLA or APA format? Are you looking for experience working one-on-one with students?
The Writing Center is the place for you!
The UCM Writing Center is searching for writing consultants for the Spring 2017 semester. In addition to competitive on-campus pay, the Writing Center offers extensive opportunities for professional development.
Consultants build their knowledge base as part of a 2 credit hour class covering Writing Center pedagogy, interpersonal skills, and student-centered practices. Afterward, consultants gain hands-on experience working with students in a welcoming, intellectually lively community.
Prospective Consultant Requirements
The Writing Center welcomes consultants from any major or educational background. However, candidates must have a 3.2 GPA and have earned an A (or equivalent) in their composition classes.
The prospective consultant must enroll in AE 2830 Peer Tutoring in the Writing Center after gaining approval from Diana Gladfelter, Writing Center Director.
If you would like to learn more, contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Writing Center located in the Learning Commons on the 3rd floor of the JCK Library.
- Consultants are trained to work with students who visit the Center, make appointments, send their papers to the Online Writing Lab (OWL), or study in Lee's Summit. Therefore, consultants conduct in-person tutorials, online asynchronous tutoring through the OWL, and online synchronous tutoring through Adobe Connect.
- Consultants focus on higher order concerns when reviewing student papers. Common higher order concerns include paragraph structure and organization, whether or not the paper fits the assignment, a strong thesis, and support that proves the thesis. Consultants then look for lower level concerns such as wording, spelling, and punctuation.
- Students may have higher order concerns, lower order concerns, or a mix of both. In the UCM Writing Center consultants try to focus on two to four main concerns that come up most often in a student’s paper and make sure the student fully understands how to fix those errors.
- Consultants also participate in Professional Development, which can include creating handouts for use in the Writing Center or learning more about writing centers and writing processes by reading articles.
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