BECOMING AN IUPUI UWC CONSULTANT
IUPUI undergraduates from all majors are welcome! English graduate students and IUPUI faculty are also welcome to apply!
Employment at the University Writing Center can help you hone the following skills necessary to every field and career path:
- Oral communication - Talk about ideas, give feedback, practice public speaking
- Interpersonal communication - Work with individuals and on teams
- Creativity - Help students brainstorm, develop ideas, and problem-solve
- Project planning - Improve, maintain, and advertise the University Writing Center’s services
- Writing - Does this need explanation?
Learn more about what makes working at the UWC an amazing experience by reading consultant testimonials.
Expectations and Skills
- Collaborate through face-to-face and online sessions with university students and faculty at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
- Talk with writers about their projects and offer insight into the writing process
- Help make better writers, not just better writing
- Learn about writing within a variety of disciplines as you support writers master writing for different audiences
- Serve on one of the UWC’s committees, which include Digital Resources, ESL Support, Online Consulting, Outreach, Research and Assessment, and Writing Across the Curriculum. Read more about the committees here.
- Complete appropriate training:
- Students take ENG-W 496/596: Writing Center Theory and Practice or complete L590: Internship in English at the University Writing Center before they are eligible to apply
- Faculty interested in a UWC appointment should, ideally, have at least one year of teaching experience in the IUPUI Writing Program or EAP Program. New faculty consultants are required to take part in a series of training and orientation workshops. A typical faculty appointment in the UWC is 10 hours a week and considered equivalent to a 3-credit course.
- Ongoing training and professional development is expected of all consultants during biweekly professional development workshops and meetings (typically Fridays from 2-4pm)
Academic and Research Opportunities
- Facilitate workshops in the classroom and for student groups
- Develop educational materials for workshops and consulting
- Conduct research and assessment projects
- Present at regional and national conferences such as the East-Central Writing Centers Association Conference, the International Writing Centers Association Conference, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication
- Learn about writing and communication technologies
- Talk with students across the curriculum about topics ranging from robotics to Shakespeare to resumes