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Why do WOU Students Love to Work at the Writing Center?
Our writing consultants find their work to be professionally and personally rewarding because their ultimate objective is to help student-writers succeed. Our staff is granted the opportunity to witness students develop self-efficacy and confidence in their writing abilities, and consultants go home each day knowing they made a difference.
Additionally, as part of the Writing Center, our consultants have the chance to belong to a friendly, thoughtful, and engaging campus community. The Writing Center fosters an encouraging and supportive environment where the staff truly becomes like a family to the consultants. Work hours are flexible, the people are fabulous, and the work is meaningful. What’s not to love?
Who is the Writing Center Looking to Hire?
Many people mistakenly believe that the Writing Center employs only English majors. In reality, the majority of our staff come from disciplines like Anthropology, Communication Studies, Community Health, History, and Psychology.
An applicant’s field of study does not matter because we love to hire from across the disciplines; what does matter is that the applicant possesses a desire to help fellow students and a passion for writing. We look for individuals who want to learn and assist others in learning; are professional, punctual, considerate; and can interact well with a variety of people and English proficiency levels.
Basically, if you are eager to be a part of a community who learns together, enjoys one another, and serves our fellow Western Oregon University students with excellence and care, then the Writing Center is a great place for you to apply.
What is the Hiring Process Like?
The process for being hired by the Writing Center is extremely competitive. Annually, 4-8 interns are hired from a pool of 25+ applicants. While applications are accepted year round, hiring occurs once each year: applicant interviews are conducted in May; notification occurs in June and new interns attend our end of year BBQ, where they will receive forms to enroll in WR 412/512 for 1-4 credits; and the internship course and employment begin the first week of the fall term.
What will Happen in the Internship Course?
The internship course is a tutor’s opportunity to learn all about the craft of writing through the art of being a skillful tutor. This class teaches the ins and outs of a tutoring session, it helps tutors understand writing from a student’s point of view, and ultimately teaches them how to put all of this knowledge together in a meaningful way that enables students to grow as writers. The internship course does more than simply teach grammar and rules; the course also shows tutors how to make writing, in all its facets, accessible and enjoyable for our students. In this classroom setting, tutors also make those initial connections with each other and form bonds that carry over to the Writing Center environment.
How Does an Interested Student Apply for a Position?
Completing the online application is the first step in our hiring process. Please read through the entire application before completing it, as you cannot save and return later to finish it. If you have any questions, you can call the Writing Center at 503.838.8286 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Does Writing Center Employment do to Prepare Students for Their Careers After Graduation?
The Writing Center is a stimulating and rewarding work environment: consultants receive outstanding training; they improve their own reading, writing, and responding skills as they work with students from a variety of disciplines and diverse backgrounds; they gain valuable work experience, cross-cultural communication skills, and cross-disciplinary writing skills that are applicable wherever they may decide to go – and they go just about everywhere.
Here is just a sampling of what our superstar consultants have gone on to do:
- Stella has found her dream job at Institutional Stove Solutions, saving the world one stove at a time.
- Allison is pursuing a Ph.D in Ancient Philosophy at Yale University.
- Crystal attended the University of Glasgow in Scotland and now teaches in Portland.
- Erin won a Fulbright scholarship and taught English in Germany.
- Angie and Suzanne are high school Language Arts teachers.
- Nicole is a high school writing teacher and dual-credit college instructor.
- Kynzie is an attorney and serves as a social science instructor here at WOU.
- Kimber is pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology at Washington State University.
- Sammie is teaching college writing classes.
- Shelley is a writer for Mother Earth News.
- Paige is a writing & publishing graduate student at PSU and a Publisher’s Assistant at Ooligan Press.
- Chelsea established a writing center in a Portland high school.
- Thomas is serving as a rehabilitation counselor.
- Rosario and Xinjie were hired as professional staff members here in the Writing Center and are integral parts of our team.