Becoming an undergraduate tutor

Why become a peer writing tutor?

    1. Dynamic, engaging work: no two days are the same!
    2. An inclusive work environment with people from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
    3. Good pay.
    4. Flexible hours.
    5. The plesure of talking about writing with other writers.
    6. Opportunities to improve your own writing, which is useful in every major and profession.
    7. Opportunities to develop professional skills like critical thinking and time management.
    8. Opportunities to design and lead campus workshops.
    9. Opportunities to conduct and present research at national conferences.
    10. Social events, free food at staff meetings, and library study space for writing center staff.

Who works as a peer writing tutor?

The Ott Memorial Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students who go through extensive training and a competitive selection process. Our tutors are not only strong writers; they are also empathetic listeners and creative problem solvers. We seek tutors from a wide variety of disciplinary, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.

Our staff includes majors in Accounting, Biological Sciences, Education, English, Finance, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish.


How can I become a peer writing tutor?

  • All undergraduate tutors must first take English 4230: Writing Center Theory, Research, and Practice. The course is offered each spring.
  • Information sessions, which allow you to meet current tutors and learn more about the benefits of working in the writing center, will be held on
    • W Oct 28, 7pm
    • M Nov 2, 7pm
    • R Nov 5, 7pm
  • All sessions will be held in the Ott Memorial Writing Center, in 240 Raynor Memorial Library.

  • Job description available here.