Graduate Consultant Positions
Applications Closed for 2022-2023 Academic Year
We are no longer accepting graduate writing consultant applications for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. We will begin accepting applications for 2023-2024 early in the spring 2023 semester.
Are you interested in joining a committed and engaged community of writers who work to support fellow writers? At the Writing Studio, because we value the perspectives of writers in all disciplines, we are interested in recruiting consultants from departments and programs across the University who have excellent communication and collaboration skills and are highly motivated and eager to learn.
In recent years, our dedicated team of writing consultants has included graduate students from Peabody, Engineering, and the Divinity School as well as from a variety of Arts & Science programs.
Beyond seeking graduate students studying in a variety of fields, we encourage applications from students of diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented minority backgrounds. We also welcome applications from students who are multilingual or who have experience supporting language learning. The position can count as a Federal Work Study position, and we appreciate applications from students who anticipate receiving Federal Work Study in the coming academic year.
Check out our current staff page for a sense of who’s working here now and these reflections from former Writing Studio consultants for a broader perspective on the position and its benefits.
Position Description: Graduate Writing Consultant
The Writing Studio employs graduate and professional students as hourly Graduate Writing Consultants. We hire every spring semester for the upcoming academic year. (When circumstances requires, we also sometimes recruit for graduate writing consultants who will join our team in January.)
Writing consultants gain valuable pedagogical experience in the following ways:
- by holding one-to-one appointments with graduate and undergraduate writers,
- by leading workshops in undergraduate classrooms,
- by facilitating writing groups for graduate and undergraduate students,
- by organizing educational programming in an interdisciplinary center.
Starting salary: $15.00 per hour
Time commitment: 5-15 hours per week
Graduate consultants work no fewer than 5 hours per week and may work as many as 15 hours per week if their other departmental duties allow.
Please note that all new writing consultants will be required to attend a mandatory training and orientation in August the week before classes resume. When new graduate consultants have unavoidable conflicts with portions of training, it is possible to arrange a make-up sessions for those limited portions. The whole training cannot be reproduced in a make-up session.
August 2022 Writing Studio training schedule*
Monday, August 15 (tentative): Graduate Consultant Welcome and In-Class Workshop Program Training
Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, August 19 (9am-4pm, lunch provided): New Writing Consultant Training (tentative)
We will open our call for 2022-2023 applications in January 2022 and begin review of applications after March 18, 2022.
Interested candidates must provide the following application materials:
- a letter demonstrating specific interest in and dedication to the teaching of writing (and confirming your availability for the mandatory August training)
- a curriculum vitae
- a writing sample of no more than 20 pages
- a letter of recommendation from an adviser or other faculty member
- a statement from a departmental Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) verifying availability for employment in the Writing Studio*
About the DGS Statement*
- We ask for this DGS statement to identify important factors limiting additional on-campus work hours and sometimes altogether preventing a graduate student from taking on a Writing Studio assignment. Those considerations include how Writing Studio work will fit into the 29.5 hours per week graduate students are allowed per Student Employment (19 hours per week for International students).
- In the case of International Graduate Students, in particular, applicants and DGSs alike should keep in mind that TA assignments typically count as a 19-hour-per-week assignment.
- Some fellowships further limit graduate students ability to take on work hours, and some departments specifically require that students seek DGS approval for holding on-campus jobs.
Submit an Application
All application materials–including letters and DGS statements–can be submitted through the online Graduate Writing Consultant Application form (currently closed).
*Consider providing those submitting your supporting materials with the following ‘short link’ to the application: [link to be updated for 2023-2024 applications]
Use of the online application is preferred, but materials may also be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. (For email submissions, please include “Graduate Consultant Application” in subject line.)
For more information e-mail John Bradley, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAD CHAT SESSIONS
Join us for one of our informal Grad Chat sessions on-line to speak with a member of our administrative team about the position and get your questions answered.
Spring 2022 dates
- Monday, FEB 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Friday, FEB 25, 3:00-4:00 PM
- Tuesday, MAR 1, 12:00-1:00 PM
Let us know you are coming by filling out our grad chat registration form.
*We’ll email you a link to join us online when you fill out the registration form.