Tutor Hiring for the 2017-2018 Academic Year Is Now Closed
We will be hiring again in Spring 2018 for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
Please see the 2017-2018 job posting below.
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