Become a Writing Consultant

The Writing Consultants at California Lutheran’s Writing Center provide an important resource for the university and local community. In the simplest terms, we aid writers in all stages of the writing process, from drafting to revising to adding finishing touches and citing sources. Our goal is to build stronger writers.

The Writing Center is open and collaborative space with friendly and knowledgable employees. A Writing Consultant can expect to do in-person or online consultations, work on writing-related projects and presentations, contribute to social and outreach events, and generate a strong culture of writing on campus. Are you interested in becoming a consultant? Follow the application guidelines below.  

Undergraduate Students

The Writing Center invites applications for undergraduate Writing Consultants who wish to work part-time in a dynamic and supportive environment. We are looking to hire Sophomore-level and higher students who are strong writers, enthusiastic about learning, and aiming to develop new administrative and professional development skills. The position consists of 10 hours a week. New consultants will start at minimum wage, determined by Career Services.

Job Description
  • Writing Consultants will work with students, staff, and alumni in one-on-one in-person or online settings.
  • In consultations, consultants provide writing assistance at all stages of the writing process and meet with students from any major or discipline.
  • Consultants will participate in multiple training sessions in order to learn writing mechanics and genres of writing. 
  • Consultants will attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Consultants will, when needed, represent the Writing Center at campus orientations, in-class presentations, social engagements, and other campus outreach events.
  • They will assist with maintaining the daily operations of the center (making appointments, checking supplies, opening and closing the center, etc).
  • Consultants, when needed, will assist the Directors with specialized projects, social events, professional development opportunities, and administrative tasks.
  • Consultants will participate in any additional specializes tasks assigned by the Directors.
Job Qualifications
  • Consultants must be at the undergraduate sophomore-level standing or higher in any major.
  • Consultants must have a GPA or 3.0 or higher.
  • Consultants must demonstrate a positive attitude, a friendly and open-minded demeanor, an interest in learning and writing center practices, a proactive and enthusiastic mentality towards work tasks, trustworthiness and reliability, and professional approach to responsibilities.

STEM students are especially encouraged to apply; although all majors will be considered. Chosen candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Application Requirements

To apply, please submit the following materials: 1. Faculty Recommendation Letter 2. Letter of Interest 3. Resume to Director Scott Chiu (chchiu@callutheran.edu) and Associate Director Tanvi Patel (tanvipatel@callutheran.edu).

For more information about this position, please contact Associate Director  Tanvi Patel, at tanvipatel@callutheran.edu.

Graduate Students

The Writing Center invites applications for Graduate Writing Consultants who wish to work part-time in a dynamic and supportive environment. We are looking to hire CLU students who are strong writers, enthusiastic about learning, and aiming to develop new administrative and professional development skills. The position consists of 10 hours a week and hours can be scheduled around student course times. New consultants will start $2 higher than minimum wage, determined by Career Services.

Job Description
  • Writing Consultants will work with students, staff, and alumni in one-on-one in-person or online settings.
  • Consultants provide writing assistance at all stages of the writing process and meet with students from any major or discipline.
  • Consultants will participate in multiple training sessions in order to learn writing mechanics, such as organization, argumentation, thesis creation, evidence integration, grammar, and critical thinking. They will also learn about various writing genre, such as annotated bibliographies, argumentative papers, literature reviews, and research papers.
  • Consultants will attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Consultants will, when needed, represent the Writing Center at campus orientations, in-class presentations, social engagements, and other campus outreach events.
  • Consultants may be asked to serve as mentors, participate in conducting training, and delivering orientation materials to incoming consultants.
  • Consultants may also conduct graduate level writing groups and studios. They may be asked to have recurring appointments with clients to work on dissertations and theses.
  • Consultants will be asked to conduct Writing Center workshops once a semester on writing related topics. The times and topics of these workshops will be coordinated with the Directors.
  • They may also be asked to participate in professional development and scholarship activities by attending conferences, the Festival of Scholars presentations, and other poster presentations.
  • They will generally assist with maintaining the daily operations of the center (making appointments, checking supplies, opening and closing the center, etc).
  • Consultants, when needed, will assist the Directors with specialized projects, social events, professional development opportunities, and administrative tasks.
  • Consultants will participate in any additional specializes tasks assigned by the Directors.
Job Qualifications
  • Consultants must be at the Graduate level standing enrolled at California Lutheran University.
  • GWCs have basic knowledge in English grammar and other sentence-level challenges for monolingual and multilingual speakers, reading comprehension, analysis, idea development, organization, recognition and use of rhetorical strategies, and the conventions of academic discourse.
  • GWCs must be culturally sensitive listeners, perceptive readers, excellent communicators, and energetic problem-solvers.
  • GWCs are interested in professional development and scholarship on teaching and learning writing outside the classroom contexts. 
  • Consultants must have a GPA or 3.2 or higher.
  • Consultants must demonstrate a positive attitude, a friendly and open-minded demeanor, an interest in learning and writing center practices, a proactive and enthusiastic mentality towards work tasks, trustworthiness and reliability, and professional approach to responsibilities.
Application Requirements

Interested applicants should apply online through the Cal Lutheran Job Portal. Chosen candidates will be contacted for interviews.

To apply, please submit the following materials: 1. Faculty Recommendation Letter 2. Letter of Interest 3. Resume. 4. Academic Writing Sample. Send these materials to Director Scott Chiu (chchiu@callutheran.edu) and Associate Director Tanvi Patel (tanvipatel@callutheran.edu)

For more information, please contact Associate Director, Tanvi Patel, at tanvipatel@callutheran.edu.

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