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Clemson Writing Lab consultants are peer educators. As a Graduate Writing Consultant, you will meet one-on-one with graduate students from across the university to discuss writing projects in a wide variety of disciplines and genres. You will act as a sounding board for writers as they brainstorm their ideas; help them learn strategies for researching, drafting, organizing, revising, and editing; and direct them to writing resources. Supporting graduate writers, you will help fellow writers to work through the demands of graduate-level writing. Finally, you will provide feedback to these writers face-to-face, via e-mail, and/r via Zoom at any point in the writing process.

In recognition of the growing diversity of the Clemson community, we would like to expand our staff to reflect and project a vision of inclusivity and sensitivity as defined by the Writing Lab and the broader university. You will have the distinct opportunity to meet and support hundreds of individual students with a variety of identities, life experiences, worldviews, languages, and voices, offering you opportunities to develop socially, academically, and professionally.

Our consultants have differing levels of expertise. To support all consultants, the Writing Lab provides new employees with pre-service training, ongoing education and professional development, and specialized training modules to prepare you for the roles and responsibilities of consultant practice at no cost. As a Writing Lab predominantly comprised of student-employees, we encourage everyone to bring their ideas, interests, and skills to expand the collective knowledge and abilities of the Writing Lab.

Graduate Writing Consultants gain valuable experience in the following ways:
  • by holding one-to-one appointments with graduate writers in diverse fields,
  • by leading workshops for graduate writers,
  • by facilitating writing groups for graduate students,
  • by organizing resource and programming in an interdisciplinary lab.
  • Qualifications
    The following are required qualifications for a Graduate Writing Consultant:
    • Be a graduate student at Clemson University in good standing in any discipline.
      • The Writing Lab welcomes applicants from any field, but particularly desires applicants in the sciences and social sciences. 
    • Demonstrate engagement and academic success in chosen field(s).
    • Exhibit effective written communication skills as evidenced in application materials.
    • Show investment in helping fellow writers reach their academic goals.
    • Be willing and able to work productively with diverse populations.
    • Possess strong listening skills and the ability to respond to writers’ questions with patience.
    • Have a commitment to the improvement of your writing.
  • Salary

    Starting salary: $15.00 per hour
    Time commitment: maximum 8 hours per week

    Graduate consultants work no fewer than 5 hours per week and may work as many as 8 hours per week if their other departmental duties allow.

  • Important Dates

    September 5, 2022 - Applications open.

    September 12, 2022 - We will begin reviewing applications.

    Applications will remain open until all positions are filled. Currently, all positions are open.  

  • Application Process
    Once your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email. After the search process is complete, the Writing Lab Director will notify successful short-list applicants. Short-list applicants will then attend an interview with the selection committee. Interviews will be scheduled on an individual basis and will be 15-20 minutes in length. 
  • Application Materials
    1. Cover Letter The cover letter should discuss why you seek to become a Graduate Writing Consultant and why you want to support writers at Clemson. You should also indicate your willingness to proceed with ongoing training and professional development meetings. 

    2. Writing Sample The writing sample should be a paper from a class that you feel best illustrates your strengths as a communicator OR a piece that you feel best demonstrates your effectiveness in written communication. Less than 20 pages.

    3. Resume or CV 

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