Student Employment: Tutor Positions

Tutor Testimonials

  • “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 being a tutor?

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. In addition to tutoring in the Writing Center, successful applicants may be additionally assigned to tutor in sections of ENGL 101P, Preparatory College Writing.

What are the required qualifications?

No previous tutoring experience is required.  Successful applicants must be either currently enrolled CSUF students in good standing, either Junior- or Senior-level undergraduates or graduate students.  All undergraduate applicants must have completed their Upper Division Writing requirement with a grade of B or better.  (Consult your major adviser for which courses fulfill the Upper Division Writing requirement for your major.  For English majors, either ENGL 307 or ENGL 302 fulfill this requirement.)  In addition, students must have successfully completed ENGL 402/402S, Theories of Response to Written Communication as a minimum qualification for employment, or have equivalent academic or professional experience.

What application materials should I submit and when are they due?

To apply to work as an ISA in the Writing Center, please submit to the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, in GH 323:

  • A hard copy of the compleetd appplication form (App. Form Word, App. Form PDF )PDF File
  • CSU1 form | Select position title "Instructional Student Assistant"
  • A 3-5 page writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae
  • All materials must be submitted at one time as a packet to the English Department office (GH-322). Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Application packets are due by October 18th.
  • In addition, applications should request two (2) faculty recommendation formsPDF File , from faculty familiar with their abilities. Faculty muat submit the form directly to the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics in GH 323 or by email to by October 18th.

What is the Hiring process?

For additional information about application and hiring procedures, including deadlines, please contact the Writing Center Director at x2455.  Following careful review of all application materials, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview near the end of the Fall semester. Successful applicants will begin work in the Spring semester. 


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.