Graduate English Language Learning (ELL) Writing Consultant - 11646BR

Graduate English Language Learning (ELL) Writing Consultant

Writing Center
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Position Overview

The KU Writing Center, a unit of Undergraduate Studies, provides over 7,000 face-to-face and online consultations annually to writers from KU Lawrence, KU Edwards, and other educational institutions.  KUWC also offers a Writing Fellows program at the graduate and undergraduate levels; class visits and in-class workshops; graduate writing groups; and multiple writing events during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. As part of the global community, the KU Writing Center fosters diversity in all of its dimensions and supports writers in reaching their personal and professional goals. All writers, with their unique life experiences, worldviews, languages and voices, are respected and welcomed. We provide an environment that is conducive to diverse learning styles and forms of expression, and we respect writers' use of their home languages and world Englishes.

Professional Development Opportunities:
As a graduate ELL writing consultant, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Gain experience working with a diverse array of multilingual writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Learn to create resources for multilingual writers and to train others to work with this population of writers.
  • Develop a breadth and depth of academic strengths, interests, and specialized knowledge in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate skills that employers’ value for successful transition to the workplace such as planning and prioritizing work, communication, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, and leadership.

After one semester of service:
  • As budget allows, individual or groups of consultants may attend and/or present at local, regional, national and international conferences and participate in the running of Writing Center research projects.

Job Description

KU Writing Center consultants are peer educators. As an ELL consultant, you will meet one-on-one with both undergraduate and graduate English language learners to discuss their writing projects through face-to-face consultations, email sessions, or videoconferences. You will provide feedback on students’ written English and grammar, while encouraging writers to be active learners in this process and while respecting their cultural perspectives and self-expression. As is the case for all writing consultants, you will also act as a sounding board for writers as they brainstorm their ideas; help them learn strategies for researching, drafting, organizing, revising and editing; and direct them to writing resources. You will also design and facilitate workshops for ELL writers on a variety of grammar- and language-related topics. Additionally, you will support the Writing Center’s staff of consultants in their work with English language learners by offering training workshops, answering consultants’ grammar-related questions, and developing Writing Center resources tailored to the needs of this population of writers.

The Writing Center provides new employees with pre-service training, ongoing education and professional development, and specialized training modules to prepare you for the roles and responsibilities of consultant practice at no cost to the employee.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate student at KU enrolled in the TESOL masters, doctoral, or licensure endorsement program or with demonstrated TESOL experience or graduate student at KU enrolled in the Linguistics masters or doctoral program or with demonstrated experience in the field of linguistics.
  • An enrollment in at least six credit hours during spring 2018 semester.
  • Excellent written communication skills as evidenced in application materials.
  • An investment in helping fellow writers reach their academic goals.
  • Experience working productively with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience involving writing or the teaching of writing.
  • Teaching experience or experience working with others in one-on-one or group settings.
  • Experience facilitating workshops, giving oral presentations, or offering training sessions.
  • Willingness to work in multiple modalities (face-to-face, online, video conference) and multiple locations on the Lawrence campus.
  • Multicultural and/or multilingual experience.
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to respond to questions.
  • Sensitivity, generosity, and flexibility.
  • A Federal Work-Study award for Fall 2018.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Submit a cover letter, resume, and your availability for Fall 2018.

Application review begins April 30, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Brianna E. Hyslop, Ph.D.

Advertised Salary Range

$13/hour. Continuing employees may be eligible for a $0.25/hour merit raise each semester of employment as budget allows.

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