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
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
- Education writing tutor (Miller Hall site)
- STEM writing tutor (Health Sciences Library site)
- English language support tutor (main site)
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.
- Participate fully in all preliminary and ongoing training sessions to develop theoretical and practical understanding of the OWRC's mission and best tutoring practices. Please note: New tutors must be available on Tuesdays for the duration of the quarter. Orientation will be held over three Tuesdays (1/8, 1/15, 1/22) from 4:30-7:30 pm. On-going new tutor training will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm.
- 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.
- Adopt our OWRC non-directive, conversation-based 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 professional staff and peer mentors.
- Collaborate on 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.
- Experience working with diverse or underrepresented students to support them in navigating institutional systems and achieving their articulated goals.
- 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 Misty Anne Winzenried, Director of the OWRC.
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.
Starting January 1, undergraduate tutors are paid $16.00/hour; graduate tutors are paid $17.00/hour.
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:
- A letter of application, addressing your reasons for interest in this position and how your past academic and professional experiences prepare you for OWRC tutoring.
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, indicating your range of academic, research, professional, and volunteer experience.
- A writing sample of no more than five pages, double-spaced, in length (this may be a fragment of a longer text), which demonstrates your success as writer. All academic genres welcome; samples must include a head-note (one substantive paragraph) describing the context (writing situation) in which you produced the piece and a description of what you learned about yourself as a writer by completing it and now reflecting on it.
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: 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 email@example.com.