The Writing Hub - Tutoring

Become a Graduate Writing Consultant

Graduate Writing Consultants provide one-on-one feedback to graduate writers working on a wide array of writing projects.

Rather than editors or proofreaders, Writing Consultants work supportively with writers, providing a reader’s feedback on drafts and an informed sounding board for ideas. These are great jobs—no grading, no late assignments, no student complaint emails, no “read the syllabus” replies… Instead you’ll have lots of opportunities to think deeply about writing, autonomy to develop programming, opportunities to mentor undergraduate writing consultants, and the rewarding experience of supporting fellow grad students with their writing projects. 

Graduate Writing Consultants are hired as Associates (in lieu of TA). Appointments range from 10% (for those looking to augment another appointment on campus) to 50% (for those looking to take responsibility for more Writing Hub operations/programming). All Writing Hub Graduate Writing Consultants will meet one-on-one with graduate writers (minimum 3 hours per week), and some will take on more responsibilities based on alignment between their interests and aptitudes and Writing Hub needs. Decisions on a scope of responsibility will be made between selected applicants and the Writing Hub Director.

A link to the full job description and application can be found here: https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/ASES/OpenPositions.aspx. (Search for "Graduate Writing Consultants.")

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due June 1, 2018.

 

Become an Undergraduate Writing Consultant

Undergrad Writing Consultants conduct one-on-one writing consultations with student writers, offering feedback that helps students reach their own understandings of what is working and what can be improved in their writing.

Undergrad Writing Consultants are skilled writers and communicators who have the know-how and humility to guide others to their own insights. Writing Consultants enjoy extensive and ongoing education on techniques for offering feedback to student writers at UCSD, including an understanding of writing norms and expectations in a wide variety of academic disciplines and all six college writing programs, plus non-class writing tasks (for example, scholarship essays, resumes, and personal statements).

In addition to ongoing training, Writing Consultants engage in professional development activities, including regular self-assessments and observations of other tutors, and are encouraged to develop research projects for writing and writing-center related academic conferences and publications.

Why Become a Writing Consultant?

Writing Consultants:

  • become better writers themselves;
  • gain unique perspectives by working with a diverse peer population;
  • learn how to prioritize and problem solve in a fast-paced environment;
  • develop a strong sense of situational awareness and build skills to adapt to various situations;
  • feel a sense of satisfaction helping and supporting their fellow students.

Qualifications for Hiring

All Undergraduate Writing Consultants must:
  • Have satisfied the university writing requirement with a grade of B+ or higher in each course;
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Be willing to learn and adapt to new approaches for writing and working with other writers;
  • Be able to attend weekly trainings and quarterly staff meetings;
  • Commit to working at The Writing Hub at least seven hours a week;
  • Be responsible, dependable, honest, and mature;
  • Continue to develop effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be friendly, humble, and responsive when working with a wide diversity of peers.

All Graduate Writing Consultants must:

  • Have success in graduate-level coursework and writing projects;
  • Be willing to learn and adapt to new approaches for writing and working with other writers;
  • Be able to attend weekly trainings and quarterly staff meetings;
  • Commit to working at The Writing Hub at least four hours a week (appointments vary);
  • Be responsible, dependable, honest, and mature;
  • Continue to develop effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be friendly, humble, and responsive when working with a wide diversity of peers.

How to Apply


  • Graduate Writing Consultants: Click here and search for "Graduate Writing Consultants" to apply.
  • We accept applications in the Spring quarter for positions the following academic year.

If you have questions about becoming a Writing Consultant, please email writinghub@ucsd.edu