Become a Writing Tutor
"Tutoring here is really a microcosm of the liberal arts experience! As an econ major, I've tutored assignments on Dante, Bollywood Dance, and Igneous Petrology. Tutors learn a lot and are able to strengthen communication skills across disciplines,"
Katie Osborn, '16
"One of the greatest things about working at the Writing Center is that it forces you to confront your own perceptions of 'good writing.' Through helping others cultivate uniquely powerful voices, you become more open and engaged in the rest of your life,"
Corey Baron, '17
Applications for the 2019/2020 cohort are open now, and the application window closes October 31 (Thursday of Week 2, Block 3).
This application is for admission to the GS300 Peer Tutoring Theory (Half-Block 2020) and the 395 Practicum (Spring 2020 extended adjunct). You must complete both courses (see descriptions below) to be hired into a consultant position at the Writing Center for Fall 2020.
- Visit the Writing Center for an appointment with one of our peer consultants (so you can see what we do firsthand)
- Complete the online application form
- Upload an updated resume
- Upload a cover letter** that addresses why you want to work for the Writing Center, your qualifications, and your ability to complete all training and job duties
- Submit professor/academic recommendations (link provided after completing the online application)
**If you are unfamiliar with the writing conventions of a resume and cover letter, please consider visiting Career Services or making an appointment with the Writing Center to go over your materials.
We look for students who can:
- Communicate well and listen actively
- Demonstrate a familiarity with writing across the curriculum
- Explain basic rules of standard written English
- Be helpful and friendly to all writers
As a peer consultant at the Ruth Barton Writing Center, you commit to:
- Working one-to-one with individual students on their writing processes
- Using effective and ethical strategies for helping students find the strengths and weaknesses of a piece of writing
- Promoting writerly confidence and self-efficacy
- Referring students to additional online or on-campus resources (e.g., citation guides, library staff, wellness staff)
- Keeping accurate records of all writing center appointments
- Participating in professional development, including the theory and practicum courses and twice-blockly lunches after completion of initial training
Potential additional opportunities through the Writing Center:
- FYE Writing Fellows: dedicated position linked to FYE courses which provides academic support and mentoring, one-to-one tutorials, and workshops
- Regional and national conferences: research and present on topics in writing center work that are interesting and meaningful to you
- Resource development: workshops, handouts, and other resources to assist student writers
- Mentoring: one-to-one meetings with professional staff to address your personal, academic, and professional goals
Peer Tutoring in Writing Courses:
GS300: Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring
This course has two purposes: (1) to delve into the complex processes involved in writing and talking about writing; and (2) to prepare students to work as writing consultants in the Colorado College Writing Center. Key course themes include the theory and practice of writing, the theory and practice of tutoring, critical thinking, self-awareness, and team-building. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and apply theories to specific tutoring situations, role play, solve problems in groups, and practice tutoring. Interested students must apply during second block for participation in the class. The course is held annually during half block. ½ unit; Pass/Fail only; COI required.
GS395: Peer Tutoring Practicum
Building on GS 300: Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring, the practicum serves as a structured apprenticeship through which tutors can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations. The course includes collaboration with experienced tutors, practice tutoring, and conversations with experienced consultants and campus partners. This course requires 30 hours of observations, reflections, and a consultant portfolio, as well as course meetings on the first three Wednesdays of blocks 5-8 from 3:30-5:00. Successful completion is mandatory for students who wish to become Writing Center consultants. ½ unit; Pass/Fail only; GS 300 (prerequisite). *** While this practicum is unpaid, it nets you an open block at CC, monetarily valued at $7201.00***
Contact Dr. Kat Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Katrina Bell, Ph.D.
Director, Writing Center
Tutt Library 235
Aaron Stoller, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Programs
Tutt Library 230b