The Writing Center at Indiana University Kokomo is always looking for students who are enthusiastic about learning, work well collaboratively, value good feedback, possess excellent writing skills, understand academic writing, and know how to search for and identify the appropriate formatting and citation resources a client may need.
Writing Center tutors provide peer-to-peer consultations with students of all levels and disciplines on a variety of projects and assignments, and at all stages of the composition process. The Writing Center at IUK also provides program specific services at the request of various departments, so tutors should feel comfortable taking on a variety of Writing/English centered tasks. Peer tutors must be attentive to student responses and adjust consulting strategies to meet their needs. To do this, consultants must be familiar with the available services on campus as well as the composition process and strategies. Students in this role earn $10.15 per hour. This position is eligible for Work Study.
- Must be a currently enrolled IU student;
- Receive the recommendation/endorsement of a professor (preferably from a writing intensive course);
- Incoming freshman must secure the recommendation of a previous English instructor
- Submit resume/CV and a letter of intent;
- Submit two writing samples;
- Complete the interview process.
Applicant files will be reviewed holistically to determine if a candidate is the right fit for this position.
- Excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills (in person, phone, and e-mail).
- Ability to work in a collaborative, collegial environment with a diverse population.
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
- Basic computer skills and awareness, especially in Microsoft Word and Internet use.
- Ability to work at least 4-6 hours per week.
Essential Functions & Duties
- Provide consultations for students during individual 30–60-minute sessions, in person and online.
- Writing consultants assist writers with analysis, research, organization, and development. They model writing and revising strategies and encourage writers to experiment with these strategies. Writing consultants act as sounding boards for writing ideas and help writers overcome anxieties and build confidence in their writing.
- Participate in and lead workshops and presentations to/for faculty and students.
- Follow principles and practices of consultations appropriate to writing centers.
- Gain proficiency in the variety of citations and formatting styles used across disciplines.
- Complete training/certification and attend workshops, in-services, etc. as instructed by the Director.
- Cooperate with all assessment efforts (performed yearly),
- Check and respond to email, Canvas, etc.
- Keep regular and accurate records in WC Online.
- Utilize software applications such as Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Serve as a student resource to students and staff/faculty.
- Report to work prepared and on time.
- Assist with daily operations and maintenance of the Center.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Once hired, most tutors will train for a 6–12-week period. This training includes:
- Completing modules on Canvas
- Shadowing senior tutors during consultations
- Participating in mock-tutor sessions with other new, as well as senior, tutors
- Tutoring independently under observation by WC Director
Please contact Caitlyn Rudolph-Schram for any inquiries.