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Graduate Consultant Positions

Call for Applications

In Spring 2020, the Writing Studio will begin the process of hiring Graduate Writing Consultants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Click here to read reflections from former Writing Studio consultants.


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. We also welcome and encourage applicants who are multilingual or who have experience supporting language learning.

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. Check out our current staff page for a sense of who’s working here now.

Interested in learning more about the position? Join us in person (or on-line) for one of our “grad chat” info sessions for prospective graduate consultant applicants. Scroll down for dates and times.


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 2020 Writing Studio training schedule

Monday, August 10: Graduate Consultant Welcome and In-Class Workshop Program Training

Tuesday, August 11 – Friday, August 14 (9am-4pm, lunch provided): New Writing Consultant Training


The Application

Spring 2020 application deadline: Friday, March 13

Interested candidates must provide:

  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 verifying availability for employment in the Writing Studio*

*Why we ask for this: Although most graduate fellowships allow students to take on an additional nine hours of work, all do not.

All application materials–including letters and DGS statements–can be submitted through the online Graduate Writing Consultant Application.*

*Consider providing those submitting your supporting materials with the following ‘short link’ to the application: http://j.mp/2YnHo0E

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


Questions?

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


GRAD CHAT SESSIONS

Stop by the Writing Studio for one of our informal Grad Chat sessions (in person or on-line) to speak with a member of our administrative team about the position and get your questions answered.

Spring 2020 dates:

Grad Chat #1: Thursday, JAN 9, 5:00-6:00 PM (1801 Edgehill Ave.)

Grad Chat #2: Friday, JAN 24, 12:00-1:00 PM (1801 Edgehill Ave..)

Grad Chat #3: Monday, FEB 3, 12:00-1:00 PM (On-line*)

Grad Chat #4: Tuesday, Feb 18, 9:00-10:00 AM (1801 Edgehill Ave..)

Grad Chat #5: Wednesday, MAR 4, 4:00-5:00 PM (On-line*)

Let us know you are coming by filling out our grad chat registration form.

*We’ll email you a link to join us on-line when you fill out the registration form.