Become a Writing Center Consultant
Thank you for your interest in working at the Writing Center! The Writing Center, like all student support services at UW-Platteville, is committed to improving the quality of student life, both personally and academically. We strive to provide every student with thorough, high-quality assistance in specific writing issues and topics.
Our mission is to guide students through improving their writing from the first thought to the final draft. Writing consultants major in many different areas, from biology to geography to English, and all are well-versed and experienced in writing instruction.
The primary aim of the Writing Center is to help students become more confident, effective writers. Tutors work with writers of all levels and disciplines on a variety of assignments and projects, such as freshman compositions, lab reports, research papers, theses, resumes and job search correspondence, proposals, and creative writing.
A writing consultant may help students
- Interpret an assignment sheet, talk through ideas for a paper, discuss course readings, or plan for a paper
- Consider choices with regard to audience, focus, purpose, reasoning, or organization
- Develop ideas with greater specificity
- Acquire research strategies, integrate scholarly sources, and apply proper documentation (such as MLA or APA)
- Improve editing and proofreading skills, expand vocabulary, and better understand technical conventions of academic writing
Writing consultants also maintain tutoring records, develop and present workshops, and mentor newer tutors. Our consultants work anywhere from five to twenty hours per week in addition to attending training sessions every other week.
To be considered for a Writing Center consultant position, applicants must demonstrate the following qualifications:
- Current enrollment as a UW-Platteville student in good academic standing
- Class standing of sophomore or higher
- Strong background writing in a higher-education environment
- "A" or "B" in Freshman Composition 1130 and 1230 (or test out)
- Strong critical thinking skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
To start your application for a Writing Center position, please complete the online application found here. Once we've received your completed application, the Writing Center coordinator will be in touch with you about your next steps, which may include:
- Participating in an informal interview with the Writing Center coordinator
- Completing a grammar diagnostic and mock-tutoring exercise with the Writing Center coordinator
- Participating in a panel interview with the Writing Center coordinator and current writing consultants
We hope to hear from all interested writers out there!