Now Hiring Tutors for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
The OWRC is an interdisciplinary writing and research center that aims to support UW students, staff, and faculty on their diverse writing and research projects through one-to-one tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions, workshops, and other programs. We serve nearly 5,000 students with 12,000 one-to-one writing appointments each academic year. Our tutors are undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of academic fields, and we provide a rich learning environment for writers and tutors alike.
OWRC Peer Tutor Job Description
Peer Tutors support writers’ ongoing writing and research development using a non-directive, conversational tutoring approach. The strongest candidates not only have strong writing skills in their chosen academic field but also capacity for reflection, metacognition, and empathetic listening. Tutoring is an intellectually and emotionally demanding position that requires high levels of initiative, reflection, responsibility, and critical thinking. Tutors will be chosen based on the strength of their writing, their oral communication skills, and their ability to enact our question-focused, non-directive tutoring philosophy.
“Nearly everyone who writes likes — and needs — to talk about his or her own writing, preferably to someone who will really listen, who knows how to listen, and knows how to talk about writing too” –Stephen North
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.
- Participate fully in all preliminary and ongoing training sessions to develop theoretical and practical understanding of the OWRC's mission and tutoring best practices. Please note: New tutors must be available for training either August 14, 15, and 16 or September 18, 19 and 20 (times TBA).
- Maintain a consistent weekly schedule for tutoring, arriving punctually and finding a substitute tutor for any shifts that must be missed.
- Hold writer-focused, 45-minute one-to-one and group tutoring sessions.
- Adhere to the non-directive OWRC tutoring philosophy.
- Electronically document the work of each tutoring session or other OWRC activity.
- Participate in regular observation, monthly staff meetings, professional development, and required reflective writing led by OWRC administrators and peer mentors.
- Collaborative project-based work with teams of OWRC leadership and other peer tutors, Odegaard Undergraduate Library staff, and other UW faculty and staff to improve internal programs and to enhance the teaching and learning of writing and research across the University.
Requirements & Qualifications
- Enrollment, part or full-time (at least 6 credits for undergraduates), at the University of Washington during each quarter of employment, except summer quarter.
- Previous tutoring, coaching, or mentoring experience, especially with diverse populations.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including genuine commitment to the interests and goals of fellow learners.
- Ability to work with others to help them identify their strengths and difficulties as writers and researchers, prioritize their concerns, and successfully navigate complex strategies for working through those concerns.
- Demonstrated growth and/or academic success in chosen field of study.
- Familiarity with useful research and writing skills and the academic strategies associated with different fields.
- “Growth” or resilience mindset.
- Experience with peer mentoring or leadership.
- Ability to be reflective and metacognitive about tutoring practices.
- Interest in and readiness for larger ongoing projects of the Writing and Research Center, including task group projects, workshops, and research into and scholarly articulation of writing center practices and programs (such skills might include, but are not limited to: project management, event planning, HTML coding, web design, social media and marketing, database skills, familiarity with different research methods, etc.)
The OWRC provides student employees with a meaningful work experience. Some intended learning competencies that will be developed in the Peer Tutor role include
- Building and fostering collaborative relationships in a diverse workplace
- Strengthening oral and written communication skills
- Increased capacity for self-reflection and metacognition
- Development of a broad range of learning, teaching, and writing strategies
- Time management and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
This position will report to Dr. Misty Anne Winzenried, Director of the OWRC.
Job Hours and Pay Rate
Must be available for a minimum of 6 hours of Peer Tutoring hours per week (3 for graduate students). A regular weekly work schedule of one-to-one and group tutoring sessions, with shifts of no more than 4.5 hours per day for a total of 3 to 19.5 hours per week (based on terms of employment and employee availability). Work hours vary based on tutoring schedule; some evening and weekend hours are required. Schedules are based upon workload, class schedule, and other academic responsibilities. Ideal candidates can give at least one academic year commitment. Pay rates depend on academic status: undergraduates start at 15.00/hour; MA or MS graduate students who have not yet completed that degree start at $16.00/hour; post-MA or post-MS graduate students, MD, and JD students start at $17.00/hour.
Please submit the following to Husky Jobs within the OWRC Professional Development Canvas Page. Applications accepted until May 8.
Submit the following materials to Husky Jobs as a single MS Word document or PDF:
- A letter of application, addressing your interest in this position and explaining how your past academic and professional experiences prepare you for OWRC tutoring.
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé indicating your range of academic, research, professional, and volunteer experience. Please include your year in school, anticipated graduation date, and major/program, as well as any additional languages you speak.
- A writing sample of no more than five pages, double-spaced in length which demonstrates your success as writer. All academic genres are welcome, and the five pages may be excerpted from a longer text. Samples must include a one-paragraph head-note describing 1) the writing situation in which you produced the piece and 2) a reflection on what you learned about yourself as a writer through this piece.
If you have technical difficulties, please contact email@example.com. Hard-copy or emailed applications will not be accepted without specific advanced approval from the OWRC Director.
The deadline for consideration is May 8. Applicants are welcome to consult with an OWRC tutor on application materials prior to submission. Reserve your spot online on our sign up page.
This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (TTY) or firstname.lastname@example.org.