Student Employment

The Howe Writing Center (HWC) is now recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to train as Writing Consultants.

If you’re interested in joining our team, read on to learn how recruitment works and the steps you can take to be considered for a consultant position.

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.

Undergraduate Positions

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

Hourly Writing Consultant

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

Job Description

Each year, the Howe Writing Center (HWC) recruits undergraduate students from all disciplines to train and then work as writing consultants. 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:

  • Support writing faculty through our Writing Associates program.
  • 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).

While an interest in writing is obviously crucial to consulting work, considering oneself an “excellent writer” is not a fundamental criteria for becoming an excellent consultant. Instead, we look for students who are responsive, reliable, adaptable, curious, empathetic, and eager to learn more about writing and consulting, and who are interested in supporting writers of various backgrounds, abilities, and countries of origin.

Interested?

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

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

Hourly Writing Consultant

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

Job Description

Each year, the Howe Writing Center (HWC) recruits graduate students from all disciplines to train and then work as writing consultants. 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).

While an interest in writing is obviously crucial to consulting work, considering oneself an “excellent writer” is not a fundamental criteria for becoming an excellent consultant. Instead, we look for students who are responsive, reliable, adaptable, curious, empathetic, and eager to learn more about writing and consulting, and who are interested in supporting writers of various backgrounds, abilities, and countries of origin.

Interested?

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center (HWC)

This position is filled for 2020-21. Applications for 2021-22 will open in March 2021.

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 possibility for renewal. The position comes with generous travel funds for presentations at relevant conferences.

Application Process

Students interested in this position should 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

Step 1: Attend a virtual Open House to learn more about the Howe Writing Center and consultant work.

Open Houses will be held on Zoom the evenings of Monday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 29. Separate sessions are offered for undergrads and grads, so make sure you sign up for the correct session.

We've designed the virtual Open House experience to reach all Miami students (whether you're here in Oxford or elsewhere) and offer a sense of what it’s like to work at the Howe Writing Center. You’ll meet some of our current consultants, get introduced to the specifics of writing center work, and learn how to apply to join our team.

We are also making our space in King Library available for optional, small group visits from Wednesday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Oct. 23. So, if you want to see your potential workplace and colleagues in person, please sign up to join us for a socially-distant tour. All campus safety protocols will be followed. Don’t forget your mask!

Open House attendance is mandatory in our recruitment process. In-person visits, again, are optional. The Open House RSVP period is now over. If you would still like the opportunity to attend an Open House, please contact HWC Director Dr. Lizzie Hutton (huttoneb@miamioh.edu ).

Step 2: Apply to become a Writing Consultant in training using the link we provide at the Open House.

We’ll ask you some basic information about your class, your major, and other organizations you’re involved with at Miami. The more in-depth part of the application is a 300-600 word Statement of Interest where you describe your relevant experience and discuss how our guiding principles on writing might shape you as a consultant.

Applicants, please take note: While an interest in 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 meet these qualifications, our supportive community may be just “write” for you! We look forward to reviewing your application. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 6.

Step 3: Those whose applications are accepted will be enrolled in a training seminar during Spring 2021

Undergraduate students will need to take a 3-credit seminar (ENG 481/581) taught by Director Dr. Lizzie Hutton. This Spring, ENG 481/581 will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:50PM—4:10PM. Upon completing this training, you are able to formally apply to be hired as a paid HWC consultant.

Graduate students can take ENG 481/581, too, or they can opt instead to take a once-weekly training seminar taught by Dr. Lizzie Hutton and HWC Graduate Assistant Directors. The paid training 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 consultants.