ARC: Technical Writing Assistant (S9595X)

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.

Technical Writing Assistants (TWAs) are outstanding Bates students who have demonstrated strong scientific writing skills. 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 attend weekly trainings with the Scientific Writing Specialist 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. As part of the Academic Resource Commons, TWAs implement the core mission of working with Bates students towards academic success. TWAs participate in ARC training sessions throughout the semester to learn from other ARC leaders and to support their own development as peer leaders.

The Basics

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

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Applicants for the position of TWA should be in strong academic standing, have received an A or B in any course they wish to support, and be able to procure a recommendation from a member of the faculty. Effective communication skills, leadership ability, and investment in academic success for all Bates students are essential attributes. Your application should contain the following documents: • Resume • Transcript • 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? • A 5-to-10-page sample of their academic writing.