The University Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate students majoring in many of the disciplines offered at the University and by graduate students in the English department's graduate program.
What undergraduate peer tutors do:
Undergraduate peer tutors first take a 3-credit course called English 392: Teaching Writing One-to-One. During that semester, they learn about the theory and practice of supporting individuals' writing development both through classroom activities and through observing in the writing center. Upon successful completion of the course, students become peer writing tutors. As tutors, they work regular hours every week in the writing center meeting individually with writers working on many kinds of writing projects. In addition, some tutors take on additional roles and responsibilities in the writing center, including mentoring newer tutors, writing for or editing our in-house newsletter, developing resources for writers, participating in outreach events, or conducting and presenting writing center research. regular staff meetings provide our tutors opportunities to share experiences, learn about tutoring practices, and do fun stuff to connect with their colleagues.
The writing center undergraduate staff are a lively, talented, supportive group of peers. We strive to make the writing center an inclusive space for all students and celebrate diversity among our clients and staff. This includes welcoming both student writers and peer tutors from all cultural, ethnic, racial, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, health and parenthood status groups. Our diverse perspectives make our group stronger!
Becoming a tutor:
All undergraduate tutors work in the center by invitation or recommendation only. Students who have demonstrated excellence in writing, peer mentoring, and academic work at the university may receive an email from our administrative staff to apply, or may receive that invitation through a faculty member who has been asked to recommend strong students. We follow up with a rigorous screening process, complete with interviews and requested writing samples.