Peer consultants are experienced readers and writers who offer students guidance on improving the effectiveness of their communication.
Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will open in February/March 2022.
Consultants help students understand assignment goals; formulate an approach to an assignment; develop confidence for new writing tasks; develop awareness of audience, purpose, and context; develop a focus/thesis; articulate and organize ideas; see the need for additional evidence; generate revision strategies; identify and use appropriate resources; improve control of grammar and mechanics; and become more skilled in using APA, MLA, Chicago, and other documentation styles.
Consultants are strong writers and strong collaborators, as comfortable with peer review as they are with navigating writing assignments.
Peer consultants receive regular training through paid, bi-weekly staff meetings throughout each semester, and consultants receive in-depth writing center training by taking the COMP 475 course concurrent with their first semester working in the center.*
If you are interested in applying to be considered for a consultant position:
- Submit a letter of application and a resume through the job call on the Career Services website.
- Ask a professor or instructor to submit a brief note of recommendation to this online form.
- Submit a writing sample (typically this would be writing that best represents your academic work) to this online form.
If you have any questions or want to confirm receipt of your application, please email or call the Writing Center Coordinator; contact information is found on the "Contact Us" page.
COMP 475: Supporting Literacies
New consultants are expected to enroll in Comp 475: Supporting Literacies concurrent with their first semester in the Writing Center. The Composition & Rhetoric discipline offers a 400-level course designed to help prepare new consultants for their work in the Writing Center and that also meets two requirements in the DDC (Dearborn Discovery Core). COMP 475 Supporting Literacies prepares students for success as tutors of writing through focus on the theoretical and practical issues involved in the teaching and tutoring of writing, including special attention to tutoring students for whom English is a second language. If you are committed to applying for the consultant position, but Comp 475 poses a difficulty for your academic plan, please be in touch with the Writing Center Coordinator.
The course fulfills requirements for two categories in the DDC:
- Upper-level Writing Intensive