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Writing Center Peer Consultant

Pay: $17.77 per hour

 

About the Writing Center:
The Writing Center provides Cornish students with free, personalized writing support. Writers visit
us for consultations on essays for courses, resumes and cover letters, artist statements, fiction and
plays, or anything else that includes writing. Trained peer consultants support writers during any
and all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to editing strategies. In individualized
half-hour conferences, our consultants are active readers. We focus on the writer’s goals and
concerns, providing practical feedback by asking questions and helping writers think through
solutions to their writing questions and challenges.

Benefits of Working in the Writing Center
● Join a creative, enthusiastic team of your peers who love writing and make the Writing
Center a welcoming space
● Contribute to our ongoing work to implement antiracist practices and improve the equity of
access to Writing Center services. For more, see our Statement on Antiracist Beliefs and
Practices on our Canvas page.
● Training in tutoring practices, writing pedagogy, and theories about learning provide
background for careers in education
● Opportunities to participate in research, development, and implementation of new programs
for the Writing Center
● Experience in communication transferable to many careers or job choice
● Numerous opportunities to polish your own abilities as a reader and writer
● Flexible and manageable work schedule (approx. 8 hours per week, day and early evening
shifts available, remote shifts available on weekends after initial training period)
● Eligibility for greater responsibility and financial reward in coming years

Job Description
Writing Consultation Responsibilities
● Consult on writing projects with students from all Cornish departments in one-on-one
sessions, providing feedback on works-in-progress by asking questions and providing
informed suggestions and strategies.
● Provide audio feedback to writers via our Online Writing Center using screencast
software; contribute to the promotion, assessment, and growth of this program.
● Create a friendly and inclusive atmosphere in the Writing Center by welcoming all
students and assisting those using the writing lab computers while maintaining a clean
and safe environment.
● Maintain Writing Center records and confidentiality by keeping records of consultations,
scheduling appointments, and collating assessment reports.
● Participate in ongoing community outreach via social media, orientation, and in-class
workshops.
Leadership and Community Responsibilities
● Attend weekly staff education meetings and contribute by reading assigned materials,
writing about readings and consultation sessions, analyzing consulting experiences, and
brainstorming ways to strengthen Writing Center services.
● Contribute to projects such as research in consulting with surveys and focus groups,
developing handouts & online resources, developing and conducting writing workshops
or special events, developing and conducting assessment of consulting.
● Take leadership roles in special event planning, such as writing workshops, open mics,
reading and writing groups, etc.
● Assist with promotion of Writing Center services through creation of outreach materials,
posting and distributing flyers, posting on social media, etc.

Qualifications
Prospective Peer Writing Consultants should have the following required qualifications:
● Be second-year students or above as of Fall 2022 and have completed at least one
college-level writing course.
● Have an aptitude for working with learners of various backgrounds and skill-levels.
● Be a strong writer and reader who can demonstrate self-awareness of their own reading and
writing processes.
● Have strong peer-to-peer communication skills, including a refined ability to ask open
questions and listen actively.
● Be able to maintain confidentiality and handle stressful interpersonal situations.
● Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity in their community.
● Be open to learning about language differences and facilitating writers’ use of cultural and
personal voice.
● Be self-directed and dependable, willing to take initiative on research and projects.
● Be interested in joining a creative community of co-workers and taking leadership roles.
● Have familiarity with the Google Suite of software and be willing to learn new web-based
programs.
● Be making satisfactory progress in their academic program and general education courses.

Preferred, but not required qualifications:
Be eligible for state or federal work study funds in 22-23
Made use of a Writing Center’s services at Cornish or another institution
Prior experience as a consultant or tutor
Available the week preceding Fall 2022 semester for training

Preference will be given to those candidates who are able to enroll in HS 201-01, Writing
Center Theory and Pedagogy, meeting times TBD in consultation with participants and to be
taught online. Please see the Fall 2022 Humanities and Sciences course offerings for a full
description of this 3-credit class.

To apply for a position as a peer consultant, please compile the following documents:
1. A completed online Writing Center Peer Consultant Application Form
2. Two writing samples, at least one from academic or professional contexts
3. Projected schedule and availability for Fall 20212, however tentative
4. (Optional) Letter of recommendation from a past instructor regarding your writing and
peer-to-peer communication skills; recommenders are also welcome to complete the online
recommendation form in lieu of a letter.
5. Resume

For priority review, submit applications form by Monday, April 25

Contact:
Christine Sumption         csumption@cornish.edu
Interim Writing Center Director         Zoom or phone call by request
Associate Professor H&S

To apply for this job email your details to careers@cornish.edu.