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

Please consider joining our community of tutors. We value hiring a diverse staff from across all of DePaul's programs and colleges and we encourage applications from people of color or from currently under-represented groups.

Application FAQs & Process

Interviews for applicants for this year will begin in late April.

Invitations for interviews will be sent via email by April 26th.

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You are eligible if...

  • You will be enrolled as a full-time or half-time DePaul University undergraduate or graduate student Autumn Quarter 2021. 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 in Autumn Quarter 2021 (specific days, times, and online or in-person yet to be decided):
    • WRD395 for undergraduate peer writing tutors: Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday (TBD) LPC OR Online
    • WRD582 for graduate peer writing tutors: 6-9:15 Night Class (TBD) LPC OR Online
    • At this time, we are not sure if there will be online versions of these courses offered.
  • You are able to fulfill the required course practicum—5 hours/week (up to 10 hours/week but only 5 required), working as a Writing Center Tutor during weeks 2-10 of the quarter.
  • You are able—if DePaul students have returned to campus and in-person classes—to work at both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses or online (using various communications tools like Zoom, Slack, Google Drive, Word, among others).
  • You are able to attend both mandatory staff trainings, which take place 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 primary responsibility of a tutor is to help people with writing.

Tutors are expected to work with writers in all appointment types we offer: written feedback, online realtime, and face-to-face (when our on-campus locations open).

When tutors do not have an appointment with a writer during a scheduled work shift, we expect tutors to do other work related to our programs and operations and to perform additional duties as assigned.

And overall, we expect tutors to show kindness and respect to everyone they interact with and in turn to be treated with kindness and respect.

Peer writing tutors work a minimum of 5 hours per week during their first quarter, up to a maximum of 10 hours per week. Peer writing tutors work a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week in each subsequent quarter.

When DePaul's campus is open and classes are occurring in-person, peer writing tutors have shifts at both the Loop and Lincoln Park campus locations. Exact work location responsibilities to be decided by August 2021.

In addition to one-on-one conferences with writers, peer writing tutors conduct presentations, facilitate workshops, and staff events.

In their first year, beginning Autumn 2021, peer writing tutors are paid an hourly wage of $15.25 for undergraduates and $15.75 for graduate students. Each subsequent year, the hourly wage increases by $0.50 per year (with a 4-year cap).

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.

WRD 395: Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy
Time and Days and online/in-person TBA

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 fulfills the Experiential Learning Domain requirement in the Liberal Studies Program and is 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 and/or online (TBD). These practicum hours must be met during times when our office is open, which include some evenings, and Sundays. Students must complete an UCWbL ePortfolio (see the ePortfolio section of the UCWbL Handbook 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 continue working at the UCWbL after the practicum is complete.

A Note About Registration

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

WRD 582: Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy
Time and Day and online/in-person TBA

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 and/or online (TBD). These practicum hours must be met during times when our offices are open, which include some evenings 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 the ePortfolio section of the UCWbL Handbook 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

If you register for classes before we finish interviewing applicants, we suggest you sign up for your usual course load and, if you are selected to work at the UCWbL, adjust your schedule to accommodate WRD 582. Enrollment for the course is strictly by permission only; if you are selected, UCWbL administrators will send you registration instructions.

All peer writing tutors attend two mandatory staff trainings: All-Staff Orientation in the first week of Autumn Quarter and Winter Retreat in the first week of Winter Quarter. Dates to be announced in advance.

In addition to working with writers, tutors engage in required professional development activities/workshops each quarter focused on 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 UCWbL administrators.

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 or email that addresses the applicant's oral, written, and interpersonal skills. Our guiding principle in hiring is that we're looking for "Nice People & Good Writers."

Letters must be submitted prior to May 5, 2021

Please email your letter/email 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.