Working at the Writing Center
"[E]very shift, we advisors are called to do things that make us uncomfortable: to give the tour speech to prospective students, to introduce ourselves to a stranger, to work with a writer on a project outside our area of expertise. The world is not our comfort zone, and the more comfortable we are with being out of the comfort zone, the better off we will fare. So I want to thank the Writing Center for simultaneously being my safest haven and the place where I am made most uncomfortable, for constantly pushing me to expand my comfort zone." -Ryan '16
Being an advisor at the Writing Center is one of the most rewarding experiences available to students at Wittenberg. To work with other writers not only contributes to their learning, but to your own, and it is an incredibly satisfying feeling to be part of a productive consultation.
But being a consultant is also incredibly demanding. Good consultants are good writers, yes, but also good listeners, and they must be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of different writers and different writing situations. Of course we don’t expect everyone to be immediately ready to advise writers (nor do we ever envision a point where an advisor stops learning), so before anyone comes to work in the Center, he or she enrolls in the English 242 course, Writing Center Theory and Practice, offered every spring.
Enrollment in the course is limited, and students must fill out an application, submit a writing sample, and interview with the director of the Center and with one of the Center’s advisors before being considered.Is this a lot to ask? Yes. But we pride ourselves on our work, and we think the rewarding experience of working with writers at Wittenberg is worth the effort.
Hiring Calendar for 2016-2017
October 7: Applications available
October 21: Applications due
October 24-28: Interviews
Nov 1: Notification (accepted applicants can then register for English 242)
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL APPLICANTS TO HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE SESSION IN THE WRITING CENTER.
- Ability to read critically and articulate suggestions about others’ writing.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Desire to help others.
- Willingness to take initiative and follow through on projects.
- Sensitivity to the feelings of others.
- Understanding of and appreciation for the process of writing.
- 3.3 GPA or above.
- Completion of English 101 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or above.
If you have questions, please email the director, Mike Mattison, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can also write to one of the advisors on the Hiring Committee: Karina, Madelyn, Courtney, Kailey, Shannon, or Maria.