Writing Tutor Positions

The Writing Center employs undergraduate and graduate tutors, with various majors, who are experienced student writers and who are interested in helping others improve their writing skills.  Each tutor has gone through an intensive hiring and training process that includes coursework (EN305) and continuing professional development.

To read more about the role of writing tutors and what exactly they do in the Writing Center, check out a paper about what tutors do in the Writing Center written by Michelle, a former Writing Center tutor.

Writing Tutor Job Description

Job Title:  Writing Tutor

Hours:       5 - 10+ hours per week

Pay:           $10 per hour

Basic Function:

The Writing Tutor is responsible for working with students who utilize the Writing Center on a one-to-one basis (in-person and online) on any matter concerning writing.

The Writing Tutor will also work with several students from one section of either EN 090 or EN 109, meeting with the students individually one hour per week and working closely with the instructor of the assigned course.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enroll in EN 305, Tutoring Writing (2 credits) - tutors are required to take the course during the first semester of their employment
  • Help students with their writing concerns
  • Contribute to the welcoming and professional nature of the Writing Center.
  • Support all Writing Center services and programs

Minimum Qualifications        

  • Current NMU student: undergraduate or graduate
  • Satisfactory completion of the composition sequence or an equivalent cleared by NMU’s Director of Composition
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00
  • Engagement and interest in writing 
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Willingness to help others

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with writing center pedagogy and practice
  • Experience in tutoring/instruction
  • Familiarity with any discipline-specific academic writing
  • Familiarity with common academic paper formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

Writing Tutor Application Instructions                

Please prepare an electronic application and e-mail it to:
Dr. Z.Z. Lehmberg, Writing Center Director, at zlehmber@nmu.edu

Your application must include two separate MS Word files:

The first, a Letter of Purpose: about two or three double-spaced pages containing the following:

  • Your name, phone number, and NMU e-mail address
  • A little bit about your academic and professional background
  • Your interest in writing
  • Your perceived writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Any experience in writing centers or other instructional positions
  • Your definition of professionalism in a university environment
  • How you might contribute to the work we do
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least two instructors/professors willing to serve as references for you. (Recommendation letters are not necessary, but you should let your instructors/professors know that you're listing them as your references.)

The second, an academic or professional writing sample.

Applications are accepted in March and April of each year. Hiring for the academic year of 2020-2021 is now open, and the application deadline is April 13th. 

Questions? Please contact the Writing Center Director, Dr. Z. Z. Lehmberg at zlehmber@nmu.edu