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Graduate Consultant Positions

We are no longer accepting additional applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. We will open our call for 2022-2023 applications in January 2022.

Call for Applications for 2021-2022 Academic Year

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 CONSULTANTS

The Writing Studio employs graduate students as hourly Graduate Writing Consultants. We hire every spring semester for the upcoming academic year.

Writing consultants gain valuable pedagogical experience in the following ways:

  1. by holding one-to-one appointments with graduate and undergraduate writers,
  2. by leading workshops in undergraduate classrooms,
  3. by facilitating writing groups for graduate and undergraduate students,
  4. 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.

Mandatory Training

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 2021 Writing Studio training schedule*

Monday, August 16: Graduate Consultant Welcome and In-Class Workshop Program Training

Tuesday, August 17 – Friday, August 20 (9am-4pm, lunch provided): New Writing Consultant Training

*The university has not announced plans for Fall 2021, so please be advised that the dates listed above reflect our educated guess of a Fall 2021 start to classes on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. If the Fall 2021 start date changes, the training dates will be adjusted and communicated to writing consultants as soon as possible.


The Application

We are no longer accepting additional applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. We will open our call for 2022-2023 applications in January 2022 and begin review of applications in March 2022.

Interested candidates must provide the following application materials:

  1. a letter demonstrating specific interest in and dedication to the teaching of writing (and confirming your availability for the mandatory August training)
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a writing sample of no more than 20 pages
  4. a letter of recommendation from an adviser or other faculty member
  5. a statement from a departmental Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) verifying availability for employment in the Writing Studio*

*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), particularly in the case of 19 hour per week TA assignments. 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.

All application materials–including letters and DGS statements–can be submitted through the online Graduate Writing Consultant Application [link removed, link for 2022-2023 applications forthcoming].*

*Consider providing those submitting your supporting materials with the following ‘short link’ to the application: [link for 2022-2023 applications forthcoming]

Use of the online application is preferred, but materials may also be submitted via e-mail to writing.studio@vanderbilt.edu. (For email submissions, please include “Graduate Consultant Application” in subject line.)


Questions?

For more information e-mail John Bradley, Director, at john.bradley@vanderbilt.edu.


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 2021 dates

Grad Chat #1: Thursday, February 18, 4:00-5:00 pm

Grad Chat #2: Monday, March 1, 4:00-5:00 pm

Grad Chat #3: Friday, March 5, 1:00-2:00 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.