Writing Consultant Positions

Melissa Hendrickx in CFW

Graduate students in the M.A. Program are invited to apply to become peer writing consultants in the Center for Writing for one academic year. Through these positions, graduate students can gain experience working one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students, gain insight into writing theory and pedagogy (including collaborative learning, process theory, writing across the curriculum, basic writing, and ESL), and learn writing center administration.

Responsibilities include:

  • Consulting with writers face-to-face in the Center for Writing
  • Keeping data on those conversations
  • Assisting with administrative projects

All graduate consultants take the required course, ENGL 300 Writing Theory and Practice, for graduate credit. This course provides students with the theoretical foundations of writing pedagogy and writing center practice while they are consulting in the writing center. Unlike other graduate courses, the peer consulting class is scheduled during the day. The course also has a service learning component which gives consultants the opportunity to observe and affect the literacy development and writing abilities of different populations outside of UST.

Graduate students are awarded $4500 which they earn hourly over the course of the year, averaging 10 hours per week. They must be enrolled both fall and spring semester in the M.A. in English program. Applications are available in the spring semester and are due before midterm break. For questions or an application, please contact Dr. Susan J. Callaway, Director and Associate Professor of English at (651) 962-5602 or by email at sjcallaway@stthomas.edu. You can also find more information on the Center for Writing website under “Employment.”