Student Employment

Thanks for your interest in working at the Howe Writing Center!

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) offers multiple paid positions for undergraduate and graduate students. Working at the HWC enables students to: 

  • Support Miami writers from across academic disciplines.
  • Help maintain a vibrant culture of writing on campus.
  • Conduct writing center-related research in a mentored environment.

 

You can learn more about the available positions by clicking on the drop-down menus below.

Undergraduate Positions

All positions are currently filled.  If you’d like to be notified when our next phase of hiring for undergraduate or graduate writing consultants starts, please click the “Interested?” button below and complete the resulting form. We’ll be in touch! Faculty can also recommend students to become writing consultants during the next phase of recruitment by referring them with the below form.

Interested?

Faculty can also recommend students to become writing consultants during the next phase of recruitment by referring them with the below form.

The HWC employs undergraduate students from all majors as writing consultants and support staff. 

Hourly Writing Consultant

The Howe Writing Center is part of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, which provides both Miami faculty and students with writing-related programs and support. The specific mission of the Howe Writing Center is to support Miami student writers of all programs and disciplines through one-to-one consultations, writing-related workshops, and events, and programming focused on writing for specific genres, fields, and contexts.

As an HWC consultant, you’ll:

  • Join a community of like-minded students who enjoy helping others
  • Develop important dialogic and communication skills
  • Explore current theories about how writing, reading, and learning work
  • Learn to use varied technologies for supporting writers and investigating writing
  • Collaborate with diverse students, both domestic and international

Students accepted into our program first complete a three-credit training course (Eng 481: Writing Center Theory and Practice). Following this, students can then work as paid writing consultants who:

  • Consult in-person at the HWC in one-to-one or group settings, and/or consult via our online system.
  • Visit Miami classes to introduce students to the HWC.
  • Attend and lead ongoing professional development seminars.

If interested, writing consultants will also have the opportunity to:

  • Take leadership roles in our varied Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, which plan events, design writing-centered programming, and work on student outreach initiatives, including creative writing contests and social media campaigns.
  • Conduct writing center research and present it at regional, national, and/or international writing conferences (such as the annual Conference on College Composition & Communication, or CCCCs).

Undergraduate students accepted into our program must take our 3-credit training course, English 481/581, before they begin consulting. In Spring 2023, this course will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:50-4:10 in King Library. Upon successfully completing this course, students can then apply to work as paid HWC consultants. 

Applicants should also remember that, while an interest for writing is obviously central to consulting work, considering oneself an “excellent writer” is not fundamental to becoming an excellent consultant. Instead, we are looking for students who are responsive, reliable, adaptable, curious, empathetic, eager to learn, and interested in supporting writers of various backgrounds, abilities, and countries of origin. If you fit this description, then our supportive community will be just “write” for you!

Support Staff

All positions are currently filled.  If you’d like to be notified when our next phase of hiring for Support Staff starts, please click the “Interested?” button below and complete the resulting form. We’ll be in touch!

Job Description

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) is looking for friendly, detail-oriented, self-starting students who are excited about fully engaging with the Howe Writing Center and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. Support staff will regularly:

  • Welcome visitors and writers to the HWC.
  • Assist with appointment scheduling for all HWC locations, both in-person and online.
  • Maintain complete knowledge of HWC and HCWE (events, staff, policies and protocols) in order to efficiently assist faculty and students.
  • Collect and help manage HWC data.
  • Create, populate, and maintain spreadsheets, both Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel.
  • Maintain HWC locations as clean and welcoming.

Work assignments are completed under close supervision. Employees are expected to follow well-defined policies and procedures.

Interested?

Graphic Designer

All positions are currently filled. If you’d like to be notified when our next phase of hiring for Graphic Designers starts, please click the “Interested?” button below and complete the resulting form. We’ll be in touch!

Job Description

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) is looking for creative, open-minded, and flexible student graphic designers to develop materials for use within the HWC and for campus-wide distribution. Design projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Print marketing materials (i.e. flyers and posters)
  • Digital marketing materials (i.e. website and social media banners)
  • Event materials (i.e. nametags, table signs, bulletin board displays)
  • Logo and t-shirt designs
  • Other design needs as determined by staff

Qualifications

  • Graphic design major with demonstrated design skills
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Well-organized with strong-time management skills
  • Team-oriented approach to work

Work assignments are completed under close supervision. Employees are expected to follow well-defined policies and procedures.

Interested?

Graduate Positions

All positions are currently filled.  If you’d like to be notified when our next phase of hiring for undergraduate or graduate writing consultants starts, please click the “Interested?” button below and complete the resulting form. We’ll be in touch!

Interested?

Faculty can also recommend students to become writing consultants during the next phase of recruitment by referring them with the below form.

Graduate students can apply for a graduate assistantship or an hourly writing consultant position at the HWC.

Hourly Writing Consultant

The Howe Writing Center is part of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, which provides both Miami faculty and students with writing-related programs and support. The specific mission of the Howe Writing Center is to support Miami student writers through one-to-one consultations, writing-related workshops and events, and programming focused on writing for specific genres, fields, and contexts.

As a graduate HWC consultant, you’ll:

  • Get paid for both your training and your consulting work
  • Interact with graduate and undergraduate students from a range of disciplines
  • Join a community of like-minded students who value helping others
  • Develop your writing knowledge and gain valuable teaching experience

Graduate consultants are crucial to the Howe Writing Center, as Miami students pursuing their Masters and PhD frequently reach out to the HWC for writing support, both in-person and online, and often through recurring appointments. As a graduate consultant, your support for these advanced-level projects will be in high demand. Supporting writers from such a range of backgrounds is stimulating and gratifying work.

If interested, writing consultants will also have the opportunity to:

  • Take leadership roles in our varied Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, which plan events, design writing-centered programming, and work on student outreach initiatives, including creative writing contests and social media campaigns.
  • Conduct writing center research and present it at regional, national, and/or international writing conferences (such as the annual Conference on College Composition & Communication, or CCCCs).

Please note that all hourly graduate consultants must be able to devote at least five hours per week to this job, in addition to any research or teaching assistantship you may hold at Miami. Some international graduate students on assistantships may be ineligible for employment at the HWC, because their visas disallow them from working more than a particular number of hours per week on campus. If you are unsure of your assistantship or visa status, check with your department, your advisor, and/or the graduate school office.

Graduate students have a choice about their HWC training. If they want to earn course credit, they can enroll in Eng 481/581. Alternatively, they can join our Spring 2023 paid training seminar. This seminar requires about three hours of work per week, divided between readings, writing, discussion, writing center observations, and—about halfway through the term—real-time writing consultations. 

Applicants should also remember that, while an interest for writing is obviously central to consulting work, considering oneself an “excellent writer” is not fundamental to becoming an excellent consultant. Instead, we are looking  for students who are responsive, reliable, adaptable, curious, empathetic, eager to learn, and interested in supporting writers of various backgrounds, abilities, and countries of origins. If you fit this description, then our supportive community will be just “write” for you!

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center (HWC)

All positions are currently filled. 

This position is designed to provide experience for doctoral students in Rhetoric and Composition who are interested in researching and potentially directing writing centers or other writing support programs. In special cases, MA students will be considered.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience working in a writing center with both online and face-to-face consulting; a demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduate students; and/or experience working with multilingual writers.

Ideally, candidates should have taken ENG 581 prior to beginning the position. Other prior graduate coursework in writing program administration and/or assessment would be helpful.

The Assistant Director will take a leadership role in the HCWE and attend regular HCWE staff meetings. He or she will report to the Director of the Howe Writing Center, Dr. Lizzie Hutton.

Work may include the following:

  • Assisting in conducting ongoing training seminars for student consultants
  • Mentoring undergraduate consultants in carrying out research projects
  • Assisting in designing and carrying out targeted assessments of writing center initiatives
  • Working with the Director to design initiatives for increasing usage of the Writing Center, including usage by diverse populations of students
  • Conducting in-class workshops related to writing center work
  • Helping design and implement special events such as student writing hours and writing contests
  • Consulting on a limited basis each week, as needed

Appointment is for one year, with the possibility for renewal. The position comes with generous travel funds for presentations at relevant conferences.

Application Process

Students interested in this position may be asked to submit the following:

  • a CV that highlights relevant coursework and experience
  • a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as any special goals or initiatives the candidate might want to pursue in the position
  • a 1-page administrative philosophy that includes a discussion of core principles for decision-making
  • an academic writing sample
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., a sample syllabus, end-of-course evaluations, teaching observation letter)
  • the names and contact information for two references