With joint funding from the Laney Graduate School and the Dean’s Office of Emory College, the Emory Writing Center (EWC) will award up to four graduate fellowships in 2013-2014 to advanced graduate students who expect to complete their dissertations by the end of the fellowship period. EWC Fellows will work 15 hours per week in the writing center from mid-August through mid-May and receive a stipend of $18,000, along with the Graduate School’s health insurance subsidy for the academic year.
Fellows’ responsibilities include tutoring in the Emory Writing Center; mentoring undergraduate peer tutors; conducting training sessions, staff meetings, and workshops on writing issues; identifying and designing writing resources; and promoting use of the EWC. Fellows may also have opportunities to participate in research projects and attend professional conferences. Apart from their duties in the writing center, fellows are expected to complete the research and writing of their dissertations and should not be otherwise employed while holding an EWC Fellowship.
The EWC Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich diversity of writers and writing at Emory and to acquire background and skills of lasting personal and professional value.
Undergraduate tutors at the Emory Writing Center are excellent writers who are trained to work with students at any stage of the writing process: from generating ideas to constructing a thesis to organizing and revising drafts, as well as editing written work on the sentence level—including discussion of grammar and style. Undergraduate tutors assist their peers with understanding assignments and summarizing, paraphrasing and citing sources. During scheduled hours in the writing center, undergraduate tutors meet one-on-one with students who have signed up for hour-long conferences. Our tutors help student writers clarify ideas and discover the language and structure that will communicate these ideas more powerfully to the intended audience.
Each year, the Emory Writing Center employs approximately 20 undergraduate peer tutors and 4 graduate fellows, who specialize in different areas of study; many of our tutors are proficient in languages other than English.
Undergraduate tutors work six and ten hours per week. Tutors are well paid and gain valuable experience in an environment that enthusiastically supports creative academic thinking and writing across the liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Mandatory training workshops take place in August and January; further training occurs on-the-job during the fall and spring semesters. As part of their work hours, tutors participate in writing center assessment and development projects, such as observing and reflecting on conferences, videotaping conferences, conducting workshops, or making presentations and otherwise engaging the broader Emory community. The Emory Writing Center is also committed to developing opportunities for civic engagement and digital or online composition.
You may download an application for the 2013-2014 academic year here.[PDF]
We recruit and hire new tutors in the spring of each academic year. Tutors begin work the following fall. We select undergraduates on the basis of a writing sample, recommendation, interview, and personal statement (described below). Because we have places for only 10-12 new tutors each year, the application process is competitive, and applicants should follow the guidelines very carefully.
A complete application consists of the following:
1. A complete Emory Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor Application Cover Sheet. Please download a coversheet here.
2. A 3-5 page writing sample of your choice. This should be a creative or academic writing piece written for a course at Emory. You may send an excerpt from a longer work.
3. A 1-2 page personal statement describing yourself as a writer. Why do you want to work as a tutor at the Emory Writing Center?
4. A brief recommendation from an Emory faculty member emailed to email@example.com. This should be a paragraph or so explaining why you are a strong candidate for the position.
5. Make sure you have visited the Emory Writing Center at least once to work with one of our tutors on a current piece of writing. We will discuss your conference at your interview.
Please email items 1-3 to Joseph M. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have received your recommendation and all other materials, you will be contacted for an interview, which usually takes place in the two weeks after spring break.
All Undergraduate Tutor Applications are due on Monday, February 25, 2013.