Writing Center Associates

Job Description

Writing Center Associates work one-on-one with writers during 60-minute pre-scheduled appointments in the Writing Center on the 5th floor of the SciLi, Sunday-Thursday, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Associates come from all disciplines. As an Associate, you can expect to work with writers across the curriculum. Writers who request consultations may be undergraduates, graduates, post-docs, staff, or faculty members who arrive at the Writing Center seeking support for any aspect of the writing process you can possibly imagine. Successful Associates are flexible; writer-centered—committed to employing a liberatory, non-hierarchical pedagogy of writing; familiar with foundational writing theory and evidence-based practices for teaching and learning writing (our training and professional development work will facilitate this expertise); and consider themselves part of a community of writers on campus who are drawn to work in service of nurturing a culture of writing at Brown University.

Hiring and Timeline

All Writing Center Associates are hired to begin work during the fall semester. Applications are solicited via email and then reviewed by the Associate and Assistant Director. Strong applicants are then invited to interview with the Associate Director, Assistant Director, and an experienced Graduate Associate. All new hires must commit to attending an orientation and to observing experienced Associates before beginning their own work in the Center.

  • Application Opens: Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Application Closes: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • Interviews: Sunday, October 21 - Friday October 26, 2018

Time Commitment


Before beginning work, all new Writing Associates must commit to attending (1) a fall orientation, (2) participating in observations and mentoring with experienced Associates, and (3) Digital discussion groups and face-to-face debriefs (around 15 hours of paid training).

Dates for Fall 2018 Orientation:

  • Option 1: Friday, November 2, 2018, from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 520 SciLi
  • Option 2: Saturday, November 3, 2018,  11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 520 SciLi
  • Dates for New Writing Associate Observations: Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dates for Discussion Groups: 

  • Option A: Friday, November 9, 2018, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 520 SciLi
  • Option B: Monday, November 12, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, 520 SciLi​

Start Date for Live Schedule: Tuesday, November 13, 2018


At minimum, new Writing Associates must commit to working one shift per week (all shifts are 3 hours). It is recommended that new Writing Associates start at one shift per week. Experienced Associates can work up to three shifts per week.

Ongoing Professional Development

At minimum, all Associates must commit to attending monthly meetings (1 hour of paid professional development + lunch), a fall special topics development module (5 hours of paid professional development), and a spring retreat (5 hours of paid professional development).


Graduate Associates are paid $17.00/hour.

To Apply

  1. Application by Tuesday, October 23 at 11:59 pm (LINK)
  2. CV (Emailed to [email protected])