Graphic with Howe Writing Center logo and multi-colored repeating triangular pattern for top border. Text reads: "Looking for your WRITE community? Become an HWC consultant." Graphic with Howe Writing Center logo and multi-colored repeating triangular pattern for top border. Text reads: "Looking for your WRITE community? Become an HWC consultant."

Welcome!

We’re so glad you’re interested in learning more about the Howe Writing Center and the role of graduate student writing consultants.

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

Watch HWC Director Dr. Lizzie Hutton and consultants Salma, David, Martin, and Adrienne tell you what working at the Howe is all about.

Graduate consultants are becoming increasingly 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

In this webpage you will find short overviews of some of our initiatives and programs, the paid training that our consultants receive, and the consulting and research opportunities we offer. We’ve also highlighted (in red) some of our guiding principles about writing—which apply as much to ourselves as to the writers we support.

Once you've read through all that important information, you’ll find a link to apply to join our team.

Finally, a note on the HWC’s current online status. The year 2020 presented a host of unprecedented challenges to our learning, teaching, and consulting. The HWC, however, has adapted extremely well to these challenges, thanks in large part to our consultants’ strong sense of community and commitment to our mission.

Training courses in the spring will be equally adaptable, communal-minded, and committed. In our training course, we would like as many consultants-in-training as possible to be available for occasional in-person discussions, observations, or mock consultations. But we also recognize that the in-person availability of consultants-in-training will be variable, depending on their different circumstances. We will design our Spring 2021 training course with all of this in mind.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you have.

Sincerely,



Dr. Lizzie Hutton

Director, Howe Writing Center
huttoneb@miamioh.edu 


Graduate Consultant Training & Ongoing Professional Development

Consulting at the Howe Writing Center is a fantastic way not only to support your Miami peers, and to gain valuable teaching experience, but also to develop your own writing knowledge and skills.



All writers have more to learn



Graduate students accepted into our program will have two options for training. You are welcome to take our 3-credit training course, English 481/581—which in Spring 2021, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:50-4:10. Or you can join our paid (but non-credit-bearing) graduate training seminar, in which you will attend a series of weekly training seminars for the first half of term (we will determine the schedule once we know accepted students’ availability).

Both training options introduce you to our guiding principles about writing and consulting, teach you effective strategies for all kinds of consulting situations, including online consulting, and provide you with the resources to help writers navigate the writing conventions of various academic and professional genres. You will then begin holding your own consultations about mid-way through the semester.

Paid graduate training is a less writing-intensive version of our credit-bearing course. If you go this route, you will be paid for time spent doing assigned reading for class, observing experienced consultants at work, conducting mock consultations with each other, and completing short, reflective writing assignments.



Writing is social and rhetorical, and informed by prior experience



Upon successful completion of training, you’ll begin working full time in the HWC. During normal times, we work in four locations: King Library, Peabody Hall, Gross Center, and the Farmer School of Business. To protect students’ health, we’ve spent fall semester offering exclusively written online and live online consultations. You will be carefully trained to consult both face-to-face and online.

As a consultant, you will work with undergraduate and graduate writers from a range of disciplines, including your own. You will also continue to teach and learn from your peers in partnership meetings and twice-monthly professional development seminars, in which consultants lead discussions, explore consulting questions, and collaboratively reflect about their evolving writing center practices and projects.

Every term you will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your consulting, through self-assessments, peer-to-peer assessments, and assessments from staff.



Reflection is an important part of improving as a writer


Research, Programming, & Outreach

As a consultant, you’ll have opportunities to engage in research, programming, and outreach. These projects focus on better understanding writing practices and Miami writers, and supporting Miami writers beyond one-to-one writing center consultations. Through these programs, we strive to:

  • Learn more about how writing acts in and on the world
  • Develop ethical and professional practices for writing and collaborating across differences
  • Contribute to campus-wide initiatives that foster a critically-aware writing culture

In addition, HWC consultants are frequently asked to visit classrooms, speak on panels, and otherwise help to educate Miami students about the varied support we can offer.



Writing is not just something we do, but something we study



At the HWC, consultants have the opportunity to participate in Special Interest Groups, or SIGs. SIGs allow HWC consultants to engage in writing-center related and approved research, programming, outreach, and/or resource design, and SIGs ensure that consultants are paid for the time they spend doing so. Our current SIGs include a Creative Writing SIG and a Social Media SIG. Our SIGs run creative writing contests and weekly writing group meetups, plan our spring banquet and help with recruitment efforts, and organize social media initiatives and takeovers. Consultants are always welcome to propose new SIGs, as well, and we’re currently in the midst of creating a Social Justice SIG.

Finally, the HWC is strongly committed to supporting varied writing-center related research projects, led by both graduate and undergraduate consultants. HWC staff will serve as mentors for this research, and the HWC can fund travel to regional and national writing center conferences. Over the years, HWC consultants have consistently presented their original research at the National Conference of Peer Tutoring in Writing and the International Writing Center Association’s annual conference.

Through these initiatives, our graduate consultants can forge crucial relationships with varied Miami faculty, programs, student groups, and national organizations. This programming also provides consultants with a wealth of professional development opportunities, helping you sharpen your presentation and organizational skills and to build your resume or C.V.



Helping learners improve as writers is a shared responsibility


Applying to be a Consultant

Does this sound like a good job for you? Aside from the above, here are a few other specifics to consider before you submit your application:

  • All graduate student consultants must complete their training before consulting full time
  • Consultants with graduate assistantships can work a maximum of 4 hours/week, including one hour for the professional development seminar and partnership meetings. Graduate students without assistantships can work up to 20 hours/ week
  • Consultants commit to a set consulting schedule each semester, and they are responsible for finding coverage from fellow consultants if they can’t make a shift

If you’ve decided that being a consultant is a good fit for you, you’ll need to submit an application and Statement of Interest by November 6th 2020.

And remember that we are especially interested in recruiting graduate consultants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and who can bring to the HWC a breadth of writerly identities, sets of expertise, and experiences. If you have any questions about how suited you may be for this position, don’t hesitate to reach out to our director, Lizzie Hutton, over email: huttoneb@miamioh.edu.


Apply Now


HWC staff will review all application materials the week after they are received. Soon after, we’ll contact selected applicants to invite them to attend our training in the spring.



Writing enacts values, conventions, and identities


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact one of us if you have follow up questions.


Dr. Lizzie Hutton

Director, Howe Writing Center
huttoneb@miamioh.edu 




Kate Francis 

Manager, Howe Writing Center
francik@miamioh.edu 


Anita Long

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center
houseam2@miamioh.edu 




Danielle Hart

Graduate Assistant Director, Howe Writing Center
hartdm2@miamioh.edu