ARC: Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant (S9596X)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

The Academic Resource Commons (ARC), a college-wide collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, is an initiative that supports every learner at Bates in achieving their academic goals. ARC offers high-quality, student-focused peer tutoring and other support services in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Student-focused services support every student as a unique learner, and empower students as academic leaders. The ARC is a vital part of the academic experience at Bates College, complementing the classroom experience with a deeply social, collaborative, interactive learning environment that engages learners of every background in a conversation over shared challenges and student success.

Peer Writing & Speaking Assistants are outstanding Bates students who are excited by the challenge of engaging their peers over writing. Peer Writing and Speaking Assistants (PWSAs) collaborate with faculty to support students in individual sections of First-Year Seminars and W2 level courses.  PWSAs attend several days of training at the beginning of each semester to learn about theories of writing and oral communication and best practices in tutoring others. They also attend weekly staff development meetings throughout the semester and are closely mentored by the Writing at Bates staff.

In collaboration with the Director of the Academic Resource Commons, Peer Writing and Speaking Assistants implement the core mission of the Academic Resource Commons, working with Bates students towards academic success.

The Basics

Department: Academic Resource Commons
Supervisor: Daniel Sanford
Office Location: Coram Library, Room 228
Pay Grade: X

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Your application should contain the following documents: • Resume • Transcript • 5-10 page sample of your academic writing • Cover letter explaining your interest in this position, and including the following information: o Class Year o GPA o Can you attend training the first week of class? o Can you attend a weekly training?