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Writing Mentors


  • Tutoring students enrolled in specific courses or programs on all aspects of their writing

  • Working individually (or with small groups, for collaborative assignments) and at regular intervals to help writers better understand and improve their writing processes

  • Participating in peer consultant training and professional development

  • Attending weekly Writing Center staff development meetings and completing preparation for these meetings during the week leading up to the meeting

  • Communicating with individual writers (or groups, for collaborative assignments) to arrange mutually convenient times to meet in the Writing Center
  • Maintaining records of each meeting with writers
  • Communicating with the course instructor to stay abreast of course schedules and expectations
  • Maintaining a learning journal that connects the theory we read about with consultants' practice in tutoring and that ideally might lead to articles published in professional journals or newsletters
  • Working collaboratively with other writing fellows, peer consultants, the graduate student intern, and the Writing Center director


Hours will vary depending upon the needs of the course or program but average about six to eight hours each week (four to six hours tutoring, one hour doing professional development, and one hour attending staff development meetings), but hours can vary somewhat according to Writing Mentors' schedules.

Pay rate is comparable to tutors' salaries across campus.



  • Have good academic standing as an undergraduate student enrolled at least half time at UWO

  • Have completed WBIS (or its equivalent) with a grade of B or better

  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing, skill in peer response, and motivation to help others with their writing

  • Have a strong interest in learning about the history, theory, and practice of writing center work

  • Be responsible, mature, and self-directed

  • Demonstrate capacity for professionalism while working with peers

Experience tutoring in writing, student teaching, or other forms of tutoring are preferred, although not required.

Student Assistants as well as Work Study students may apply.

To Apply

Submit the following to Dr. Crystal Mueller, Writing Center Director:

  • a cover letter detailing your qualifications for and interest in this position;

  • your résumé, including any tutoring, teaching, customer service, or other relevant experience;

  • a sample of your academic writing (a paper of about five to eight pages that makes an argument, not a creative piece) with a cover page that briefly explains the assignment for which you wrote the paper and why you chose to submit this particular piece; and

  • one letter of recommendation (can be sent separately; preferably from an instructor familiar with your writing and work habits/personality).


Deliver this application packet (the recommendation can be sent separately) by e-mail to or by hand to Dr. Crystal Mueller in the Student Success Center, Suite 102. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mueller.

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Monday 8:30  – 6:30

Tuesday 8:30 – 6:30

Wednesday 8:30 – 6:30

Thursday 8:30 – 6:30

Additional dates and times

by special arrangement


Student Success Center
Suite 102
750 Elmwood Ave.
(920) 424-1152

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