Writing Center Employment
If you are interested in working for the Writing Center, you should enroll in GenS 310, "The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing," which will be offered in the Spring Semester of 2013-2014, Wed and Fri from 11:00-11:50.* In addition to enrolling in this course, please send a letter of application, a writing sample, and two recommendations from Whitman professors to Dr. Lydia McDermott at email@example.com .
*We realize that, unfortunately, the tutoring course timeslot conflicts with Encounters. If you are a first-year student interested in working for the Writing Center, or anyone else who cannot take the course, but are still interested, please email Dr. McDermott to arrange for alternate options.
More about GenS 310: This course is designed to prepare you to be an effective and confident writing center tutor. It will introduce you to major theories on peer-tutoring, debates concerning the teaching of writing, and practical techniques for dealing with difficult situations in the process of tutoring. You will leave the course having conducted genre-specific research, having developed your own tutoring philosophy, and with a portfolio of strategies for tutoring from yourself and your peers. One of our goals is to create a community of knowledgeable and supportive writing center tutors who can then work as a team within the writing center. Prerequisites: English 210. Though the course was designed with the Writing Center in mind, it would also serve potential SAs and Writing Fellows very well.