Writing Center Staff Associate Position Description
Writing Center Associates hold hour-long, one-on-one conferences on writing with any member of the Brown community who wishes to discuss his or her written work. Visitors to the Center may be undergraduates, graduates, visiting scholars, faculty or staff. Associates must be ready to discuss strategies for writing in a variety of discursive modes, including papers for humanities and science-related academic courses; dissertation, masters and senior thesis chapters; personal essays for job, grad school, law school or med school applications; creative writing; articles for publication; project, thesis or grant proposals, and course syllabi. Associates write a summary and assessment of each conference; they also collaborate in establishing and maintaining the Center's objectives and procedures, and conduct outreach workshops as the need arises.
Associates must be currently enrolled Brown University graduate students who are experienced writers with substantial teaching background, either one-on-one or in a class. Experience in the teaching of writing (in any academic discipline) is preferred. Courses in composition theory and practice and/or in subject area teaching are highly desirable. Special training or experience in areas such as English language learning, dyslexia, publishing, and science or technical writing especially helpful, as is fluency in one ore more foreign languages, especially Chinese or Spanish. Interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are essential. A willingness to participate in ongoing staff development sessions, to assist in the training of new Center Associates, to adhere to the Center's pedagogy, procedures, and policies, and to contribute to Writing Center publications is required.
Three or more per week during the academic year.
Optional summer hours available.