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Employment at The Writing Center

The success of The Writing Center depends on the qualities and diverse contributions of its Writing Tutors. We provide our tutors with ongoing 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.

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).  We accept applications on an on-going basis. 

Applicants may submit all materials as attachments via e-mail to the director, leave hard copy applications in Lommasson 269 addressed to the Director, or mail their application materials to the address below.

Director, The Writing Center
281 Lommasson Center
University of Montana-Missoula
Missoula, MT 59812
Email: kelly.webster@mso.umt.edu

Further questions about employment at the Writing Center should be directed to (406) 243-2470.