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Become a Peer Consultant

What is a peer writing consultant?

The Writing Commons is committed to hiring and training a diverse peer student writing consultant staff. We hire students from a variety of programs and disciplines and train them to work with undergraduate students on a wide range of academic and professional genres at any stage of the writing process, from prewriting to final draft. Peer writing consultants approach writing as a process and cultivate an approach to writing that sees cultural or language difference as an opportunity for making and presenting meaning, not as an obstacle to be overcome.

Students interesting in applying for a peer writing consultant position should show an enthusiasm for learning, determination to become better writers and critical thinkers, interest in supporting other students in their writing process, and a commitment to engaging with students from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Meet with students for one-on-one or small group consultations
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly one-hour professional development meetings with other peer consultants to develop expertise in writing consultation across disciplines and with a diversity of writers, including Deaf and hard of hearing students, students on the autism spectrum, and students speaking and writing in English as an additional language
  • Participate in Writing Commons research projects that support the assessment and development of student writers
  • Promote the Writing Commons resources to undergraduate students at RIT and foster a culture of writing on the RIT campus

What qualifications are we looking for?

The Writing Commons always seeks to expand the diversity and expertise of our peer consultant staff. In service of fostering diversity and inclusion, we are committed to recruiting,  hiring, and retaining peer student consultants from a wide array of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, arts, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We also actively seek peer student consultants from historically underrepresented communities, including students of color, women in STEM disciplines, first generation college students, and Deaf and hard of hearing students.

As part of our peer student writing consultant training, students are encouraged to enroll and complete the writing intensive course, Writing Genre, Theory & Practice (UWRT 325). This course provides students opportunities to develop their own writing abilities and to learn how to become a successful reader, listener and responder in peer-tutoring situations. UWRT325 is offered every fall and spring semesters and is a three-credit general education writing intensive course. (Prerequisite: UWRT 150.) We encourage students interested in applying for peer writing consultant positions to complete UWRT 325 before applying.

Characteristics of a peer consultant:
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills, including the ability to talk with a diverse population of students one-on-one.

  • High proficiency in academic writing in any field. We recognize your are an emerging scholar in your discipline. Our goal is to support you in learning to become both a successful writer and a successful writing tutor for others.

  • Thoughtfulness about the writing process, including a commitment to reflect on your role as a peer writing consultant.

  • Maturity, reliability, and professionalism.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Currently matriculated, full-time student

  • Successful completion of UWRT 325: Writing Genre, Theory & Practice (minimum of B average), equivalent course experience, and/or experience working as a literacy/writing tutor with student writers at the high school and/or college level

  • Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills

Desired additional experience:
  • Experience working with students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and/or educational backgrounds

  • Experience with research-based writing and/or STEM disciplines

  • Experience using educational technology (e.g. laptops, ipads/tablets)

How do I apply?

Submit a complete packet of materials by email to dsmgla@rit.edu, addressed to Dr. David S. Martins, University Writing Program Director.

The packet must include:
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (Writing sample may be waived if applicant successfully completed UWRT325)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Faculty Recommendations

Do you know a student that would make an excellent peer writing consultant? We welcome faculty recommendations from all disciplines and programs. Email Dr. David S. Martins at dsmgla@rit.edu.