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Work at the Writing Center!

The SIU Writing Center provides employment opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. We recruit from all majors to provide support for our services. 

Advantages of working at the center include:

  • Flexible schedule built around your student life.
  • Joining a supportive and diverse community of students.
  • Paid employment set at Illinois minimum wage ($11/hour as of 1/1/2021).
  • Developing resume-building skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, and teaching.

To learn more about our employment opportunities, please click below.

Help others write!

The heart of our operation - undergraduate consultants collaborate with student writers to help them with their writing. You'll work 1-on-1 with other student as they work on their writing assignments in every class, every major, and at every stage of the writing process. 

Why would I want to be a consultant? Consulting at the writing center includes significant professional development opportunities. As a writing consultant, you'll develop skills in writing strategies, communication, adaptability, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork, and teaching. You may also pursue research and leadership opportunities the center offers. 

Who can be a consultant? We recruit consultants from all majors and backgrounds. We encourage students in STEM, business, education, humanities, health and human sciences, media arts, and all other disciplines to apply. Writing center experience can prepare you for future careers in all educational contexts, professional writing and communication, professional consulting, and for critical thinking, audience awareness, and problem solving in any field.

Training:

All consultants undergo training and continuous professional development to be ready to assist all students. Training includes:

  • ENGL489: A semester-long course on consulting student writing applying theories of learning, teaching, and consulting. Drawing from knowledge in writing studies, education, and professional consulting, we explore best practices for writing consulting, including building rapport with students, structuring productive conversations, responding to writing, and developing reflective mindsets for learning and teaching. Course activities include experiential learning through assignments in the SIU Writing Center. 
  • Regular training meetings: Throughout each semester, writing center staff convening in hour-long professional development session on a variety of topics related to the writing center. 

To apply, follow these steps:

  • Complete ENGL489, offered in most spring semesters. For questions about enrolling in this course, please contact director Enrique Paz (enrique.paz@siu.edu). Ask your advisors about how ENGL489 might fulfill requirements for your academic program.
  • Email director Enrique Paz expressing interest and attach a 1-page cover letter describing your interest and experience and a resume.

For any questions about this position, please email write@siu.edu