Become a Peer Consultant

What is a peer writing consultant?

The RIT Writing Center is committed to hiring and training a diverse peer student writing consultant staff.  In their role as writing consultants, students from a variety of programs and disciplines work with undergraduate and graduate students on a wide range of academic and professional genres at any stage of the writing process, from prewriting to final drafts. Peer writing consultants approach writing as a process and cultivate an approach to writing that positions cultural, learning, and language difference as an opportunity for making and presenting meaning.

Students interested 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 Center inquiry projects that support the development of student writers
  • Promote the Writing Center resources and foster a culture of writing on the RIT campus

What qualifications are we looking for?

The Writing Center is always seeking to expand the diversity and expertise of our peer consultant staff. We are committed to recruiting,  hiring, and retaining peer student consultants from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, arts, and STEM. We also actively welcome 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 during fall and spring semesters and is a three-credit general education Writing-Intensive (WI) course. We encourage students interested in applying for peer writing consultant positions to complete UWRT 325 before applying, but it is not required.

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 you 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 consultant.
  • 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

How do I apply?

Submit a complete packet of materials by email to Phil.Shaw@rit.edu, addressed to Phil Shaw, RIT Writing Center Coordinator.

The packet must include:

  • Letter of application
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation

Faculty Recommendations

Do you know a student who would make an excellent peer writing consultant? We welcome faculty recommendations from all disciplines and programs. Email Phil.Shaw@rit.edu