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Working at the Writing Center

Working at the Writing Center

Description:

The Writing Center is a component of the Undergraduate Writing Program in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Its staff of writing consultants provides support to thousands of Columbia undergraduates and graduate students while maintaining a thriving community of teachers, scholars, poets, fiction writers, playwrights, and so on. 

Writing Center consultants help writers develop. Primarily they accomplish this by conducting individual consultations. In these sessions, consultants help writers improve any project from any discipline and at any stage of the writing process. This help is always offered with an eye toward the writer’s long-term growth. 

In addition to individual sessions, consultants keep accurate records of consultations and participate in professional development activities such as orientation, observations, and twice-monthly staff meetings. Consultants may also engage in outreach efforts, such as conducting class visits and designing resources for writers. 

Qualifications: 

Consultants should be skilled academic writers with a respect for and interest in others’ development and a sophisticated understanding of the writing process. Strong listening and communication skills are essential, as is an ability to take on the role of collaborator (instead of the roles of instructor or editor).

Consultants should be willing to work day, evening, and limited weekend hours, as well as actively participate in professional development activities. Previous experience consulting in writing centers, working with non-native English speakers, and working with writers are desirable.

Applications are due May 1st for consideration for the following fall/spring term. We will notify applicants by May 15th to interview. 

 

Undergraduate Peer Writing Fellows

Time Commitment:

The peer writing fellow position is a TA III position that requires a 6-hour per week commitment in addition to twice-monthly meetings. 

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at Columbia (CC, SEAS, GS) during the academic year for which they are applying.

  • Applicants must be able to attend an all-day workshop the Friday before the first day of classes, as well as all staff meetings, which will be on Fridays, 10 - 11:30am.

  • International students should confirm with the International Students and Scholars Office that they are eligible to work as a TA III. 

  • Hiring is contingent upon confirmation from CC/SEAS/GS that the applicant is in good standing.

  • We encourage (but do not require) undergraduates to take the course, How Writers Think, which prepares students with composition studies scholarship. 

To apply: 

Please email the following materials in a single file (MSWord or PDF) to Jason Ueda at writingcenter@columbia.edu.

  • .A letter of application explaining your qualifications and your interest in the position. Please confirm in your letter that you would be able to attend the orientation and all staff meetings.

  • Your c.v.

  • An 8- to 25-page sample of academic writing.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Writing Center Coordinator Jason Ueda at writingcenter@columbia.edu.

 

 

Graduate Student Consultants

Time Commitment:

GSAS teaching fellows and dissertation fellows may work as writing consultants.  For teaching fellows, the position requires a 5-hour per week commitment in addition to one's teaching responsibilities. For dissertation fellows, the position requires a 10-hour per week commitment and permission from one’s director of graduate studies.  

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be GSAS teaching fellows or dissertation fellows who have department approval. Dean’s fellows are not eligible to apply. 

  • Applicants may not hold other jobs on campus except for a teaching fellowship.

  • Instructors in their first semester teaching University Writing are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be able to attend an all-day workshop the Friday before the first day of classes, as well as all staff meetings which will be held on Fridays, 10 - 11:30am.

To apply: 

Please email the following materials in a single file (MSWord or PDF) to Jason Ueda at writingcenter@columbia.edu.

  • A letter of application explaining your qualifications and your interest in the position. Please confirm in your letter that you would be able to attend the orientation and all staff meetings.

  • Your c.v.

  • An 8- to 25-page sample of academic writing.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Writing Center Coordinator Jason Ueda at writingcenter@columbia.edu.

 

Associate / Professional Staff

Time Commitment:

The associate position requires a 15-hour per week commitment, which includes staff development and meetings.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in hand from any field. 

  • Previous writing center experience is strongly preferred. 

  • Currently enrolled Columbia students (which includes Teachers College) and part-time employees are not eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be able to attend an all-day workshop the Friday before the first day of classes, as well as all staff meetings, which will be held on Fridays, 10-11:30 am. 

To apply:

 Please email the following materials in a single file (MSWord or PDF) to Jason Ueda at writingcenter@columbia.edu.

  • A letter of application explaining your qualifications and your interest in the position. Please confirm in your letter that you would be able to attend the orientation and all staff meetings. 

  • Your c.v.

  • An 8- to 25-page sample of academic writing.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Writing Center Coordinator Jason Ueda at writingcenter@columbia.edu.