How to Become a Writing and Speaking Assistant
Selection and Training of Writing and Speaking Assistants
Assistants combine demonstrated writing ability and strong interpersonal and oral communication skills with intellectual curiosity and a genuine desire to mentor and learn from others. They are selected once a year through a competitive process that begins winter semester.
Students are initially identified by faculty or peer nomination or by self-nomination and then invited to apply. The process includes an application letter, sample of analytical academic writing, interview, and faculty reference. Particular consideration in hiring is given to applicants who successfully complete Theory and Practice of Writing and Tutoring, EDUC s19, during Short Term.
The Peer Writing commitment is significant: assistants must be flexible and able to devote up to sixty hours per semester, or roughly five hours each week, to the program. Once hired, all writing assistants are trained in writing, speaking, and tutoring methods to work effectively with student-writers and -speakers on projects in any subject and at all levels. They also attend weekly staff development meetings throughout the semester. Writing assistants are paid on an hourly basis at the top student rate.