Graduate Teaching Assistanship
The MSU Writing Center has received funding to award two graduate teaching assistanships for the 2019-2020 academic year. The graduate assistanships are open to all disciplines, and provide an opportuinity for GTAs to develop both communication and teaching skills. Writing Center GTAs will work one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students both in face-to-face and online environments, will facilitate graduate writing groups, and will develop and lead writing workshops. In addition, the GTAs will participate in a robust tutor education program and tutoring community where they will both learn about and develop practices for working with writers across all disciplines. While we certainly desire graduate students who are strong writers, the ability to work well with others and to be generous readers of others' writing are just as (if not more) important.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Tutors in this position will work online and face-to-face with undergraduate and graduate students from across the MSU campus.
- Tutors will work with students from all different disciplines and must be able to switch modes and mindsets from one session to the next, focusing on organization, transitions, and flow of a written work.
- Tutors will participate in ongoing tutor education together with the undergraduate tutoring staff. Tutor education includes reading writing center research, particpating in group discussions and inquiry groups, attending regular all-staff meetings, and engaging in the intellectual work of the writing center.
- Tutors will participate in ongoing partnerships with a variety of classes/departments across campus. These partnerships may require facilitating writing groups, delivering presentations, participating in events, workships or other forms of writing support as determined by the instructor and the Writing Center staff.
- Applicants for this position must be enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Letters and Sciences and must not already have been awarded an assistanship from their department.
- Successful candidates are personable, intellectually-engaged, community-oriented individuals.
- Successful candidates are strong readers and writers and can bring their knowledge of writing conventions to the Writing Center.
- Applicants are active listeners who demonstrate empathy and understanding for students working toward becoming a professional writer in their discipline.
- Applicants must be comfortable not knowing; they will be working with writing outside of their discipline.
- Applicants must be comfortable not knowing; they will be working with writing outside of their disciplines and may not always understand content. They will learn the questions to ask to help respond to writers when content is specific to a discipline.
- Successful candidates are dependable, punctual, resourceful, and flexible. The Writing Center's needs shift and change due to the nature of our partnerships and the candidate should be willing to take on new duties as needed.
GTAs will receive tuition costs and a stipend of $16,989 for the FY20.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter addressing qualifications and interest in the position. CV, transcript, and letter of recommendation to the Director of the Writing Center, Michelle Miley at firstname.lastname@example.org and to the Writing Center Coordinator for Graduate Students, Erin Strickland at email@example.com.
Apply to be a Peer Writing Tutor!
Next Deadline for Undergraduate Tutor Applications: TBD, November 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
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