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Peer Tutors And Writer at Work

Working at the University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) gives caring, intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage in the highly rewarding experience of helping other writers.

 

The deadline for applications for employment beginning Autumn Quarter 2014 has passed. We are no longer accepting appications for next year.

Are You Eligible to Work at the UCWbL?

 

You are eligible if...

  • You will be enrolled as a full-time or half-time DePaul University undergraduate or graduate student Autumn Quarter 2014. Current non-student staff and faculty members, unfortunately, are not eligible for employment at the UCWbL. DePaul's Student Employment Office sets the policies for student employment, including specific criteria for the number of credit hours required to be considered full-time or half-time students.
  • You will be available to take a required four-credit Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD) course on writing center theory and pedagogy at the Lincoln Park Campus in Autumn Quarter 2014:
    • WRD395 for undergraduate peer writing tutors: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:20am-12:50pm.
    • WRD582 for graduate peer writing tutors: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:15pm.
    • NOTE: At this time, there are no online versions of these courses offered.
  • You are able to fulfill the required course practicum—5 hours/week, working as either a Writing Center Tutor or Writing Fellow, or both, during weeks 2-10 of the quarter—at the Lincoln Park and/or Loop Campuses.
  • You are able to attend both mandatory all-day staff trainings, which take place the Tuesday before classes begin in Autumn Quarter and the first Friday of Winter Quarter.
  • You have excellent writing, research, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • You have a demonstrable interest in and facility for working with others.

The UCWbL is no longer accepting new applications for the 14-15 Academic Year

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Peer Tutor Roles

 

All new employees of the University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbLers) are selected after completing a rigorous application process. All new UCWbLers begin their work at the UCWbL as either a Writing Center Tutor or Writing Fellow, or both.

The UCWbL trains all UCWbLers to develop the skills necessary to be effective peer writing tutors and to be prepared for work as Writing Center Tutors, Writing Fellows, or Writing Group Leaders.

In each quarter after your first term, you will be assigned peer writing tutor roles—Writing Center Tutor, Writing Fellow, Writing Groups Leader—based on program demands, your schedule, the number of hours you request, and your availability.

After their first quarter of work, nearly all UCWbLers take on additional peer writing tutor roles.

Tutors work with writers from diverse backgrounds and programs, at many levels of ability and experience, and in a variety of genres.

 

Working as a Writing Center Tutor

The Writing Center offers assistance to DePaul students, faculty, staff, and alumni at a number of physical locations and online. The Writing Center maintains two full-time offices on DePaul's Loop and Lincoln Park campuses, as well as library outposts on those campuses. Online services include real-time conferencing with IM/webcam, Written Feedback, and Chat with a Tutor.

Working as a Writing Fellow

Fellows work closely all quarter with a group of approximately 10 students in a writing-intensive course, under the guidance of a professor who has chosen to participate in the program. During each of two paper cycles, Fellows read drafts, write comments on them, return them, and hold individual conferences, face to face or online in realtime with students.

 

Working as a Peer Writing Tutor at the UCWbL
  • Peer writing tutors work a minimum of 5 hours per week during their first quarter and a minimum of 10 hours per week in each subsequent quarter.
  • Peer writing tutors may have shifts at both the Loop and Lincoln Park campus locations.
  • In addition to one-on-one conferences with writers, peer writing tutors conduct presentations, facilitate workshops, and staff events.
  • Peer writing tutors are paid an hourly wage of $10.00 for undergraduates and $10.50 for graduate students.
Coursework, Training, and Evaluation
  • All new peer writing tutors must begin their tenure at the UCWbL during Autumn Quarter, and all new peer writing tutors are required to take Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy, our full-credit course, which is offered in Autumn Quarter as a graduate course and an undergraduate course.
  • All peer writing tutors also attend the mandatory all-day staff trainings. Dates to be announced. Typically, the Autumn Quarter orientation occurs the day before classes begin, and the Winter Retreat occurs the Friday or Saturday of the first week of classes.
  • In addition to working with writers, UCWbLers attend two required professional development workshops per quarter focused on commenting practices and other topics relevant to their work.
  • All peer writing tutors prepare an ePortfolio through Digication as part of their staff development and performance evaluation conducted by the Directors.
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Tutor Training Courses

 

WRD 395: Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy

Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy (WCTP) is the required course that all new undergraduate peer writing tutors must take during their first quarter at the UCWbL.

Course Description

WRD 395 is a Junior Year Experiential Learning course designed to allow each student to develop a theorized practice for guiding writing tutorials. Students study conferencing strategies, methods of response to writing, and multiple approaches to revision. Students read articles and do assignments designed to familiarize them with theories of writing and tutoring and to stimulate thinking about the issues these theories raise. Students practice writing comments on sample papers, participate in mock appointments, and reflect on their experiences as peer writing tutors. Because all peer writing tutors at the UCWbL will work as Writing Center Tutors and Writing Fellows at some point, the course prepares students for successfully performing both roles.

Course Requirements

Students must satisfy a practicum commitment by working a minimum of five paid hours per week in the Lincoln Park and/or Loop Writing Centers. These practicum hours must be met during times when our office is open, which include some evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. Students must complete an UCWbL ePortfolio (see Chapter 12 of the UCWbL Handbook (.PDF) for more information) as the capstone project for the course. Students must successfully complete WRD 395 with a grade of "B" or higher in order to be invited to continue working at the UCWbL after the practicum is complete.

A Note About Registration

Should you need to register for classes before we finish interviewing applicants, you should sign up for your usual course load. If you are selected to work at the UCWbL, you will be able to adjust your schedule to accommodate WRD 395. Enrollment for the course is strictly by permission only; if you are selected, the Directors will send you registration instructions.

WRD 582: Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy

Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy (WCTP) is the required course that all new graduate peer writing tutors must take during their first quarter at the UCWbL.

Course Description

WRD 582 is designed to familiarize peer writing tutors with current theories and practices animating writing center studies and to give them training in working with writers one-on-one. While our immediate concerns will be necessarily practical, we will consistently strive to theorize those practical activities and to recognize and account for institutional realities that both inhibit and make possible the work that writing centers do. Because all peer writing tutors at the UCWbL will work as Writing Center Tutors and Writing Fellows at some point, the course prepares students for successfully performing both roles.

Course Requirements

Students in WRD 582 must satisfy a practicum commitment by working a minimum of five paid hours per week in the Lincoln Park and/or Loop Writing Centers. These practicum hours must be met during times when our offices are open, which include some evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. Students will complete an academic article or digital project within or affiliated with the field of writing center studies. Students will develop an UCWbL ePortfolio (see Chapter 12 of the UCWbL Handbook (.PDF) for more information), which encourages the development of a theorized practice for guiding writing tutorials. Students must complete WRD 582 with a grade of "B" or higher to continue working at the UCWbL beyond Autumn Quarter.

A Note About Registration

Should you need to register for classes before we finish interviewing applicants, you should sign up for your usual course load. If you are selected for Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy, you will be able to adjust your schedule. Enrollment for the course is strictly by permission only; if you are selected, the Directors will send you registration instructions.

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Information for Recommenders

 

Thank you for taking the time to write a letter of recommendation for a student applying to work as a peer writing tutor at The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL)!

We value your insights as we work to hire a diverse staff of empathetic and intellectually curious tutors who work with all of DePaul's writers—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—on projects in any discipline at any stage of the writing process.

Please write a brief letter that addresses the applicant's oral, written, and interpersonal skills. Please email your letter of recommendation to wcenter@depaul.edu with the applicant's full name in the subject line. Your letter can either be contained in the body of the email or attached as a separate document.

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How to Apply

 

Check back next academic year for information on how to apply for the 15-16 Academic Year.

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