ARC: Technical Writing Assistant (S9595X)
Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities
|Summary of Position
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.
Technical Writing Assistants (TWAs)
In collaboration with the Director of the Academic Resource Commons, members of the Writing at Bates team, and the Biology faculty, Technical Writing Assistants implement the core mission of the Academic Resource Commons, working with Bates’s students towards academic success.
More specifically, Technical Writing Assistants (TWAs) are Bates sophomores, juniors, and seniors who work as leaders within the Academic Resource Commons, engaging their peers over the work of being a student. TWAs are effective and empathetic communicators who have insight to share on how to succeed within a particular area of the Bates curriculum, namely, writing in the Natural Sciences. TWAs support student writers in Biology by designing and facilitating weekly out-of-class sessions that address approaches to writing assignments and assist students with their writing process. TWAs may also be attached to the course they are supporting by also being hired as a Teaching Assistant for lab. TWAs attend weekly trainings with the Assistant Director of Writing in the Natural Sciences on topics including: fundamentals of scientific writing; techniques in peer facilitation; and best practices in writing pedagogy. TWAs meet with course instructors on a regular basis throughout the semester. PWSAs are also provided support: They attend 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 workshops with other TWAs and ARC Peer Educators throughout the semester and are closely mentored by the ARC staff.
Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in the Bates curriculum are essential attributes. Students who excel as peer educators have worked hard in their own studies and thought carefully about their own study habits. They have a solid understanding of the material they tutor, but also empathy for the student who may be struggling with the material.
Your application should contain the following documents:
Cover letter explaining your related experience and interest in this position. Please also include the following information:
Can you attend a full-day training before the first week of class?
Can you attend a weekly training?
A 5-to-10-page sample of your academic writing