The Pitzer Writing Center hires incoming Fellows in the spring for the upcoming academic year.
If you are interested in developing as a writer and enjoy engaging fellow students in conversations about their writing, a job in the Writing Center may be for you. We seek applications from current first-, second-, and third-year Pitzer students in any discipline—from the humanities to the social sciences to the biological and natural sciences. The Writing Center is hiring!
To become a Writing Center Fellow for the 2021-22 Academic Year, email email@example.com with:
- 1-2 page cover letter reflecting on what you would hope to contribute and learn from serving as a Writing Fellow in the Writing Center.
- Transcript (unofficial is accepted)
- Academic writing sample
- Please indicate in your cover letter if you would be interested in a special role as a Fellowship Consultant, working with applications for Fulbright, Watson, and other fellowships.
We encourage you to make appointments in the Writing Center to work on your application.
Extended Deadline: Applications are due Monday, March 8, 2021.
*Due to the ongoing pandemic and related financial uncertainties, student employment positions that will be offered with start dates in summer and fall 2021 will be contingent offers based upon budget availability in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
About the Writing Center Fellow Position
- Are Pitzer students who consult with student writers on projects across the disciplines.
- Typically work 2 two-hour or 1 three-hour shift per week with additional shifts during midterms and finals.
- Participate in a full-day orientation session on the Saturday following the first week of classes.
- Receive paid training through hands-on workshops, all staff meetings, and Peer Tutoring Mentor Group meetings throughout the year.
- Publicize the Writing Center around campus and engage in special team projects with their Peer Tutoring Mentor Group.
- Complete the required full- or half-credit course:
- Full-credit course (WRIT100c: Writing Center Theory and Praxis): Friday afternoons, 12:45pm-3:45pm (PT)
- Half-credit course (WRIT100a: Writing Center Theory and Praxis): Friday afternoons, 12:45pm-2pm (PT)
- Serve as leaders of writing on campus with opportunities to facilitate workshops, organize events, and present at regional and national conferences.
- Are interested in developing as communicators and helping others do the same.
- Earn minimum wage.
Writing Fellow Position Requirements
To develop expertise in peer tutoring, Writing Center Fellows participate in a full day of hands-on training on the Saturday following the first week of classes in the Fall. They also attend professional development workshops throughout the academic year and register for the Fall half-credit course WRIT100a: Writing Center Theory & Praxis on Fridays from 1:15-2:30pm.
Writing Center Fellows work approximately 80-100 hours in the Fall Semester and 75-85 hours in the Spring—typically in one or two 3-hour shifts per week based on the Center’s needs and the Fellow’s interest and availability. Opportunities are available for additional paid hours working on special projects or taking on extra shifts during busier times of the semester.
How to Apply to Become a Writing Fellow
We hire both work study and non-work study students. To apply, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A resume that includes the name of at least one 5Cs professor or staff member who can serve as a reference
- A transcript (unofficial is fine)
- An academic writing sample
- A 1-2 page cover letter reflecting on what you’d hope to contribute and learn from serving as a Fellow in the Writing Center. Please include your student I.D. and mailbox numbers in your cover letter.
- If you are interested in a special role as an embedded Fellowship Specialist in the Fulbright course, providing support and feedback for Fulbright teaching and research applicants during course sessions and in one-on-one Writing Center appointments, please indicate this in your cover letter and explain why you’re interested in this role and what would make you a strong candidate. We aim to recruit 9 embedded Fellowship Specialists each fall.
About the Fellowship Specialist
- Are Pitzer Writing Center Fellows who play a special role during Fellowship season (four weeks in Sept/early Oct).
- Are paid to be embedded in the weekly IGLAS/Fulbright Research or ETA course, where they learn about application requirements and facilitate in-class draft workshops (3 hours per week in September only).
- Typically hold two 3-hour shifts in the Writing Center the month of September (with the option of dropping down to one-shift for the rest of the semester).
- Attend a half-day of paid training on fellowship writing the second Saturday of the semester.
- Have opportunities to assist with the Watson Boot Camp and Write-Ins for Watson and Fulbright applicants.
- Develop confidence in fellowship writing through training and a behind-the-scenes perspective on the application process.