Writing Center Student Employment: Tutor and Supplemental Instruction Assistant Positions
- “I like the sense of community we get from the students here. It’s very friendly and welcoming.” –Duke Y., tutor and undergraduate English major
- “I love the challenge of it, because there are definitely times where I don’t know the answer to something. And then it definitely becomes a collaborative effort on both my part and the tutee’s part to come up with some way to interpret either a prompt or a text or figure out how to make their writing better.”—Shannon T., tutor and English graduate student
- “I love seeing the ‘a-ha’ moments—when the tutees realize that they hit something really remarkable in their writing and find confidence in themselves as writers”—Sara K., tutor and English graduate student
- “I really like the job itself, and I really like my coworkers. I find it enriching to help others work through issues in their papers; in the process, I learn a lot about my own writing style.”—Hannah D., tutor and undergraduate Art major
What are the benefits of the writing center?
Working in the Writing Center provides an opportunity for professional development in one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, and mentorship. It offers practical experience and career training for aspiring educators, as qualified tutors may serve as classroom assistants in developmental writing courses. Writing Center tutors also better understand processes of composition. This increased awareness allows tutors not only to help others effectively, but also to improve their own writing. In addition to these benefits, the Writing Center offers the opportunity to join a dynamic community of students, faculty, and community members who regularly engage in productive conversation and collaboration. Former Writing Center tutors have gone on to graduate school, to become successful high school and community college teachers, reporters, writers, and editors.
Who may apply to Work in the Writing Center?
Any undergraduate who has attained junior standing and any graduate student may apply. We accept applications from all majors, so long as the minimum qualifications have been met. We hire for the full academic year (both Fall and Spring), and often have employment opportunities during the summer as well. All applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to relate well to others within an academic environment, a willingness to learn, and the ability to assist students in the writing process. All successful applicants agree to work under the supervision of the Writing Center Director, the Writing Center Supervisor, and, if applicable, a faculty member teaching a developmental English course.
What are the required qualifications?
Under the supervision of appropriate Writing Center staff, Tutors will be responsible for tutoring students in the writing process, including, but not limited to, collaborating with students on writing development, organization, argument, and evidence.
ISAs may be assigned to sections of ENGL 101P, in which they will carry out tutoring duties in a direct instructional-support capacity in the classroom, under the direct supervision of the instructor of record of that course as well as the indirect supervision of appropriate Writing Center staff.
How do I qualify to be a Tutor?
i. Must have Junior/Senior/Graduate student status at CSUF in any discipline of study
ii. Must have successfully completed ENGL 402/402S, Theories of Response to Written Communication with a grade of B or better, as minimum qualification for employment, or have equivalent academic or professional experience.
2. Supplemental Instruction Assistants (SIA)
• Under the supervision of appropriate Writing Center staff, SIAs will facilitate writing workshops for CSUF students as well as other duties as assigned.
How do I qualify to be a SIA?
i. Students must have Junior/Senior/Graduate student status at CSUF in any discipline of study
SIA positions are open to student applicants campus-wide. However, spots are limited and preference is given to students who are currently enrolled in ENGL 402: Theories of Response to Written Composition. Not all candidates will be hired. Successful candidates will be paid to facilitate supplemental instruction workshops offered through the Writing Center. On the job training will also be provided by the Writing Center. Successful applicants will be hired to work as SIAs for no more than two (2) semesters. Once hired, SIAs who meet eligibility requirements will be encouraged to apply for Tutor positions in the Writing Center.
What application materials should I submit and when are they due?
In order to apply for a position as a Tutor or SIA in the Writing Center, please follow the instructions below:
- A completed application form (App. Form Word, App. Form PDF ) Please note on the application form whether you are applying for a Tutor or SIA position.
- Curriculum vitae
- Writing sample (3-5 pages in length)
- In addition, applications should contain two (2) faculty recommendation forms , from instructors familiar with the applicant's writing skills. Faculty must submit the form directly to the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics in (GH-323) or via email to email@example.com by the last week.
- Applicants must submit all completed materials ( excluding the CSU-1/faculty recommendation form ) as one packet to the English Department office (GH-322). Incomplete packets will not be accepted and are due by the last week of April.
What is the Hiring process?
For additional information about application and hiring procedures, including deadlines, please contact the Writing Center Director - Bonnie Williams. Following careful review of all application materials, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview near the end of the Spring semester. Successful applicants will begin work in the Fall semester.
IF I AM SELECTED TO BE A TUTOR, WHEN WILL I START MY JOB, AND WILL I BE OFFERED ANY SORT OF TRAINING COURSE?
All newly-hired tutors must be avaialble for a pre-semester orientation typically conducted the Friday prior to the strat of classes. Tutors will work between 5-20 hours/week. Those who are interested in being embedded ISAs must work a mimunum of 10 hours/week.
If I work in the Writing Center, what will my schedule be like? how much will I get paid?
Tutors have flexibility in their scheduling and typically work between five and twenty hours per week. The number of hours assigned are subject to campus needs and budgetary considerations. Currently, tutors are paid approximately $14/hour for undergraduates and $14.25 for graduate students.