Writing, Language, and GTA Support Proctor

This proctorship offers doctoral students the opportunity to gain insights and experience in the interdisciplinary field of teaching and learning, especially in the areas of writing, language, and TA support. Generally, there is a robust job market for work in centers for teaching and learning, but many centers look for some prior experience among applicants. The Sheridan Center welcomes applications from graduate students from a range of diverse backgrounds who are eager to collaborate with us on inclusive, evidence-based practices in teaching, writing, and English language acquisition.

The proctor will work with multiple units in The Sheridan Center on programming and resources to support teaching and learning. Expected assignments include:

  • Assist with programs which support graduate student writing. The proctor will facilitate and coordinate regular graduate student writing groups throughout the summer, and will support a synchronous graduate student dissertation writing retreat in July.
  • Assist with program design and facilitation for the English Language Program (ELP), an orientation offered for international graduate students for whom English is not a primary language. The program supports students’ transition to Brown through English language practice and exploration of US academic cultural norms and will be offered virtually, with both asynchronous and synchronous components, the first three weeks of August, 2020. 
  • Assist with compiling resources around graduate TA preparation for remote, online, or hybrid courses (the resources will be primarily for STEM courses, but the applicant need not have a disciplinary background in STEM).
  • Assist with creating an Inclusive Teaching Newsletter that features evidence-based practices developed by participants in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Program. This newsletter will serve as a resource for the Brown community during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The time commitment expected is approximately 100 hours over Summer 2020. Proctors are expected to communicate regularly with Assistant Director Charlie Carroll to discuss project responsibilities and receive feedback.


  • Open to all disciplines
  • Candidates must have participated in Sheridan or departmental pedagogy-focused programs or training. These include (but are not limited to):
    • Participation in a Sheridan certificate program.
    • Working as a Writing Associate.
  • Must be available to participate fully (virtually) in the synchronous dissertation writing retreat (July 6-10, 9am-4pm). The proctor will be asked to help facilitate the retreat, but will also have time to work on their own writing projects.

These proctorships are intended for PhD students whose total summer support would otherwise fall below the equivalent of three months of the standard academic-year stipend amount ($8,758.68).  Students who have already applied for and been approved for the Summer Fellowship ($2,000) should note that if they receive a Summer Position (with a $3,400 stipend), it will take the full place of the Summer Fellowship (both awards cannot be maintained).

To apply:

The application is available in UFunds (under “Graduate School 2020 Summer Proctorship Positions”). All applications received by Wednesday, May 13, 2020, will receive priority review. (Applications can be submitted after that deadline for any unfilled positions.)