Undergraduate Writing Consultant - Student Hourly

Position Overview

Diversity Statement:
The University Academic Support Centers strive to make diversity, equity, and inclusion our core reflex – not just an initiative. We believe students learn best when they feel a sense of commitment from our staff to create an authentic and welcoming environment that celebrates their differences and empowers their unique capabilities. Our centers share a commitment to embracing, supporting, and reflecting the amazing diversity of the student populations we serve.
Unit Overview:
The KU Writing Center (KUWC) offers programs and services to students, faculty and staff across writing levels and disciplines. At the University of Kansas, writing consultations are offered by trained graduate and undergraduates across multiple campus locations. The Writing Center is a part of the University Academic Support Centers (UASC), a comprehensive student support program consisting of three unique centers designed to strengthen the academic skills and written communication of students at the University of Kansas. UASC supports the University’s commitment to the academic success and holistic development of students. UASC programs encourage student participation both in and out of the classroom, support academic and personal development, and link students to other campus and community resources for academic and personal support and development. University Academic Support Centers is a department within Academic Success.

Position Overview:

Undergraduate writing consultants are peer educators who meet one-on-one with students in person and online to discuss writing projects in a variety of disciplines and genres. Undergraduate consultants collaborate with writers at any point in the writing process, teach strategies for researching, drafting, organizing, revising, and editing, and direct writers to resources. They also support other KUWC programming, like workshops. Consultants are required to work in-person on the Lawrence campus.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Facilitate and foster student learning by asking questions, collaborating with writers during consultations, and teaching important writing strategies and concepts
  • Contribute to the creation of a safe, inclusive, and collaborative environment for learning
  • Lead writing workshops and assist with marketing events
  • Participate in pre-service training and ongoing education, trainings, and professional development
  • Participate in committees and special projects, bringing your ideas, interests, and skills to expand the collective knowledge and abilities of the Writing Center
  • Ability to work at least 8 hours/week and at least one evening/week
  • Continuing consultants may be interested in additional roles, such as consultant development facilitator

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate student at KU, enrolled in at least six credit hours
  • Excellent written communication skills as evidenced in application materials
  • A commitment to the improvement of one's own writing and professional development as a writing consultant, as demonstrated in application materials
  • Willingness to work in multiple modalities (face-to-face, online, videoconference)

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Federal Work-Study (FWS) award for the academic year
  • Previous experience as a writing consultant or peer tutor at a high school or college
  • Experience with public speaking
  • An investment in helping writers reach their academic goals with strong listening skills, sensitivity, generosity, and flexibility
Experience working productively with diverse populations

Additional Candidate Instructions

Additional Candidate Instructions: Please submit the following required items:
  1. Cover letter that addresses your qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (possibilities include research paper, reflection, rhetorical analysis, personal essay, or other appropriate piece)
  4. Your work availability for the semester

Contact Information to Applicants

Jennifer Rupp (she/her)
Associate Director, KU Writing Center
University of Kansas
785-864-0349 | jennifer.rupp@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$12 per hour

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27385BR
  • Department:  University Academic Support Ct
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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