Student Employment

Fall 2022 Recruitment Closed

Thanks for your interest in applying to work as a Writing Consultant. We have finished recruiting new consultants for the 2022-3 academic year. Please check this page in April/May 2023 for our next recruitment season, and contact us with questions anytime.

Why Work with the Writing Center?

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  • Do you enjoy working one-on-one with people to help them realize their goals?
  • Are you looking for a campus job that will augment your social justice coursework? 
  • Want to collaborate with UMB writers on their academic work and advocate with them for more just and equitable writing practices at UMB and beyond?

At the Writing Center, we know that nobody ever writes up a “perfect” draft. Writing is always social, negotiated, and contextual — a process that fundamentally resists standardization and attitudes about language “correctness.” We’re serious about challenging assumptions — whether they arise in ourselves, our clients, or their audiences — because we know that standardizing language ideologies cause real harm, particularly to writers of color. Educating ourselves and the institutions where we work is central to our mission. 

To put it simply, we’re an educational service, not an editorial service. We focus on working with writers in close collaboration through discussion about rhetorical and linguistic choices, thinking through concerns emerging from audience expectations, and developing strategies together for responding to and/or pushing back against those expectations.

If you enjoy writing and tutoring, but you’re concerned that you don’t have a “high enough level” of English to be a great consultant, or if you’re worried that you don’t remember enough of the rules of English grammar to be successful in this role — we want you to apply! The most important quality we look for in new consultants is curiosity. If you can make a year-long commitment to learning and sharing about what language is, how language ideologies shape our lives, and how we might work together as a community at UMB and beyond to expand the boundaries of academic language and writing–then we hope you will join our consultant team in 2022. 

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