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Employment at The Writing Center

The success of The Writing Center depends on the qualities and diverse contributions of its employees. If you are interested in working for The Center, please consider the positions listed below. The Writing Center provides its employees with training and support to ensure that they learn as they teach. We welcome applicants who would enjoy being a part of a student-centered team.


Please send all application materials to:

Director, The Writing Center
281 Lommasson Center
University of Montana-Missoula
Missoula, MT 59812

If you're on campus, you can also leave your application at the Office for Student Success front desk in the Lommasson Center, addressed to the Director. Questions about the positions should be directed to (406) 243-2470.

Writing Tutors

Writing tutors are experienced writers and teachers who provide on-site and online writing instruction to UM students . Tutors work 6-21 hours per week during the academic semester during daytime, evening, and weekend shifts. Substantial paid training beyond the minimal qualifications is provided by The Writing Center. Writing tutors earn between $11.00 and $14.00 per hour, depending on experience. The Writing Center reserves at least two tutor positions for currently enrolled graduate students.

To become a writing tutor, each applicant must meet the following minimum qualifications: 1) completed graduate degree or current enrollment in a graduate program 2) excellent English language writing skills; 3) previous professional experience teaching or tutoring high school or college students; 4) ability to critique student writing efficiently and constructively; 5) readiness to adopt tutoring techniques employed at The Center; 6) availability for pre-semester training sessions, monthly staff meetings, and performance evaluation conferences; 7) excellent interpersonal skills. Applicants with a graduate degree or graduate student status in disciplines other than English are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit: 1) a brief cover letter explaining why you would like to be a tutor at The Writing Center; 2) a 1-2 page resumé; 3) a sample of your academic (non-fiction) writing (5 page limit); and a letter of reference from a former supervisor or faculty member evaluating your promise as a tutor (may be submitted by email). Applicants may submit all materials as attachments via e-mail to the director or leave hard copy applications in Lommasson 269 addressed to the Director.

Application deadline: We accept applications on an on-going basis.

Upper Division Writing Proficiency Assessment Proctors

Proctors for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Assessment assist the UDWPA coordinator on UDWPA test dates. Their duties include: signing students into the exam, distributing test material, monitoring students during the exam, and collecting test materials after the exam. All work is completed at the exam site, usually within a three to eight hour period. The exam is offered five times during the school year and once during the summer. Proctors earn $8.00 per hour.

To become a UDWPA proctor, you must be a UM student in excellent academic standing who is available on some or all of the exam dates. Email the Director to express your interest in the position.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. 

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