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2018-2019 OWRC Peer Tutor Job Description

Thank you for your interest in the Odegaard Writing & Research Center! We have completed our hiring for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please check back us in March for the 2019-2020 hiring cycle. 

Department Description

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 over 10,000 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. While we seek candidates who have strong writing skills in their chosen academic fields, we are most interested in those candidates who demonstrate reflection, metacognition, and empathetic listening. Tutoring is an intellectually and emotionally demanding position that requires high levels of initiative, responsibility, and critical thinking. Tutors will be chosen based on their ability to enact our question-focused, non-directive tutoring philosophy as well as their oral communication skills. For tutors’ own words on their role, click here.

“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

In addition to the position of general writing tutor at the main site, we are also hiring for these positions, which require additional application materials. For more information, click here.

Diversity Statement

Odegaard Writing and Research Center serves students with a wide range of abilities and social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, ethnic, gender, and linguistic identities. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We seek tutors who demonstrate an appreciation for, a sensitivity to, and respect for writers from all backgrounds. We strive to help all writers express their authentic voice and purpose in writing while achieving their academic goals.


Requirements & Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Learning Competencies

The OWRC provides student employees with a meaningful work experience. Some intended learning competencies that will be developed in the Peer Tutor role include


This position will report to Misty Anne Winzenried, Director of the OWRC.

Job Hours

Undergraduate tutors must be available for a minimum of 9 hours per week for Peer Tutoring, including required training, staff meetings, and professional development. Graduate tutors must be available for a minimum of 6 hour per week for Peer Tutoring, including required training, staff meetings, and professional development. Tutors work a regular weekly schedule of one-to-one and group tutoring sessions, with shifts of no more than 4.5 hours per day for a total of 6 or 9 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

Starting January 1, undergraduate tutors are paid $16.00/hour; graduate tutors are paid $17.00/hour. 

Application Process

The application process includes two steps.

Step 1. Complete the General Writing Tutor online application form. If you are applying for position of Education writing tutor or STEM writing tutor, please complete the appropriate question on the application form. For more information, click here.

Step 2. Submit the following materials to the dropbox listed below as one document:

The above materials must be submitted electronically (combined as a single MS Word document or PDF) to the OWRC online application form.

Hard-copy or emailed applications will be accepted only with specific advanced approval from the OWRC Director.

Applicants are welcome to bring materials in for writing center appointments prior to submission. Reserve your spot online on our sign up page.

Ours is a very competitive hiring process.  We are looking for applicants with a genuine and demonstrated interest both in bettering the culture of writing on this campus and in serving their peers. Preference will be given to candidates gradating in Winter or Spring 2020 or after.

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:

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