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Writing Center Coach

About This Job

Our staff of undergraduate and graduate students work with writers to coach them on their projects both in classes across the University as well as writing that's not for classes (applications, personal writing, etc.). We coach writers at all levels, from first year through graduate school. We work with writers who are excellent as well as those who struggle. Hours are set for about 6–12 hours each week (including one for professional development, staff meetings, or other training) but can vary somewhat according to coaches’ schedules. Coaches work during the Fall and Spring fourteen-week terms and (depending upon funding) during the Fall and Spring three-week Interims and Summer session. Pay rate is comparable to tutors’ salaries across campus.
• Have good academic standing as an undergraduate student enrolled at least half time at UWO
• Have completed WRT 188 or COMM 111 (or equivalent) with a grade of B+ or better OR have demonstrated skills development of the equivalent
• Demonstrate proficiency in writing/public speaking, skill in peer response, and motivation to help others with their writing
• Have an interest in learning about how best to work with writers and to constantly improve
• Be responsible, mature, and self-directed
• Demonstrate professionalism while working with peers

Experience tutoring in writing, student teaching, or other forms of tutoring are preferred, although not required. Anyone, including Work Study students, may apply.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Coach students of varying levels of expertise on all aspects of their writing and research skills, including writers in Writing 100 / 188, international students, public speaking students
  • Work one-on-one online and in person to help students better understand and improve their processes and thinking habits
  • Participate in regular, ongoing training and professional development
  • Attend regular Writing Center staff development meetings (and prepare for these meetings during scheduled Writing Center hours)
  • Make appointments, answer e-mail and phone messages, complete session reports, and correspond with instructors
  • Work on special Writing Center projects, as assigned
  • Complete regular reflections that connect the theory we read about with our practices (might lead to conference presentations or articles published in professional journals or newsletters)
  • Maintain a team attitude to work collaboratively with other coaches and the Writing Center director

About UW Oshkosh Writing Center

The Writing Center works with students of all levels on any writing or speaking project or assignment at any stage of the process. In any given academic year, we work with students in over 250 different classes and also on a variety of work not for classes.