Apply to be a Peer Writing Tutor!

Next Deadline for Undergraduate Tutor Applications: Friday, April 12, 2019

Who are peer tutors?

Peer tutors at the MSU Writing Center are successful undergraduate students from a variety of colleges and majors. Writing tutors are personable, intellectually-engaged, community-oriented individuals who are strong readers and writers. 

What do Writing Center tutors do?

Peer tutors 

  • work with student writers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds;
  • support writers in a variety of contexts: face-to-face, online, one-on-one, in groups;
  • participate in rigorous, ongoing tutor education;
  • contribute to Writing Center operations and outreach;
  • commit to engage in related research and scholarship (tutors often have opportunities for conference travel as well). 

What are the job qualifications?

A successful applicant

  • has a 3.0 minimum GPA, 
  • is currently enrolled at MSU or Gallatin College (both part-time and full-time students are eligible),
  • is available Fridays 3:30-5:00 p.m. for required tutor education,
  • can work 12-18 hours/week.

Are tutors paid for their work?

Yes. Peer tutors earn $10/hour for the initial 4-6 week training period and $12/hour after that. All tutor education hours are paid.

How do I apply?

  1. Come in and find out what we're all about! All applicants should visit the Writing Center as a writer before applying to be a tutor. 
  2. Ask a faculty member to write a letter of recommendation in support of your application. Direct your faculty recommender to the Faculty Recommendation link (you may also find the in the top-right corner of this page). Faculty recommendations are due the same day as the rest of your application. Please make sure your recommender knows the deadline.
  3. Follow the Tutor Application link to submit your application materials. You will need the following to apply to the Writing Center:
    • your resumé,
    • a cover letter explaining why you want to be a Writing Center tutor, and
    • a 3-5 page academic writing sample from a college course. An excerpt of a longer piece is acceptable. Please do not submit work from a high school course.
  4. (Optional) If you like, you may also ask a peer to write a brief Peer Recommendation in support of your application. Peer recommenders should address your ability to engage with peers collaboratively, respectfully, and successfully.

We accept applications at any time, but we typically hire twice a year, in April and November.


MSU Writing Center Graduate Tutor 

In the MSU Writing Center, our goal is to create a dynamic, collaborative environment that fosters and maintains a vibrant community of writers across the MSU campus. We offer graduate students one-on-one tutoring, writing groups, and workshops to support them as they work through the writing requirements of their programs and towards professional publication.

The Writing Center is currently seeking graduate students from any discipline who are excited to learn about writing and communication within multiple disciplines, to work one-on-one with graduate writers, and to facilitate graduate writing groups.  Successful candidates are personable, intellectually-engaged, community-oriented individuals who are strong readers and writers and can bring their wealth of knowledge of the writing conventions of their discipline to the Writing Center. Their work in the Writing Center will enhance not only their future classroom teaching but any writing they may do within their professional and civic realms.

 Graduate tutors will:

  • work with student writers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds;
  • support writers in a variety of contexts: face-to-face, online, one-on-one, in groups;
  • participate in rigorous, ongoing tutor education;
  • contribute to Writing Center operations and outreach;
  • commit to engage in related research and scholarship

This is a $14/hr paid position and requires a commitment of 10-18 hrs./wk. PLEASE NOTE: This is not an assistantship position; tuition and fees are not covered.

How do I apply?

  1. Come in and find out what we're all about! All applicants should visit the Writing Center as a writer before applying to be a tutor. 
  2. Ask a faculty member to write a letter of recommendation in support of your application. Direct your faculty recommender to the Faculty Recommendation link (you may also find the in the top-right corner of this page). Faculty recommendations are due the same day as the rest of your application. Please make sure your recommender knows the deadline.
  3. Follow the Tutor Application link to submit your application materials. You will need the following to apply to the Writing Center:
    • your resumé,
    • a cover letter explaining why you want to be a Writing Center tutor, and
    • a 3-5 page academic writing sample from a college course. An excerpt of a longer piece is acceptable. Please do not submit work from a high school course.
  4. (Optional) If you like, you may also ask a peer to write a brief Peer Recommendation in support of your application. Peer recommenders should address your ability to engage with peers collaboratively, respectfully, and successfully.

We accept applications at any time, but we typically hire twice a year, in April and November.


Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination.

As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. 

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSUWebsite: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html 

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