Graduate Student Tutoring Positions

Graduate students from across the University’s academic disciplines work as writing tutors in the CAS Center for Writing.  The position involves working one-on-one with undergraduate students in WR courses. These tutorial sessions are devoted to helping students become more confident and independent writers of academic arguments. Tutors work with students on a variety of issues related to the writing process, including (but not limited to) assignment and topic clarification; thesis development and organization; the use of reasons and evidence in support of arguments; acknowledgment and response structures; and sentence-level issues, including grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage.

While tutors are strong and capable writers, their role is not as an editor or proofreader. Instead, the fundamental orientation of the tutor is as a sounding board—a person who can recognize potential problem areas, ask questions, help prioritize, and offer sensitive feedback that can enable student writers to come to their own decisions about their writing. Hours worked by graduate tutors vary, but typically range from 4–10 hours per week.


Tutors participate in an orientation session, collaborate with experienced tutors, attend workshops, and receive mentoring from Head Tutors.

In addition, new tutors will take the 2-credit WR 598 Tutoring in ESL. This course prepares tutors to work with ESL and multilingual students. It will meet in the Fall 2016 semester on Wednesdays 4-5:30.


Starting wages are $16 per hour for graduate students.

Deadlines and Application Information

Applicants should be current graduate students at Boston University. Applications are accepted throughout the year, though it is advisable to apply one semester before you wish to begin working. Applications for the Fall 2016 semester should be submitted during Spring 2016.

The priority deadline for Fall 2016 applications is March 21, 2016, but applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.

If you are a current Graduate Writing Fellow or you are enrolled in WR 698, please e-mail to express interest.

All other applicants should submit the following materials to the CAS Center for Writing:

  • A letter of application, including contact information, that expresses your interest in being a tutor.
  • A writing sample of 10–15 pages of academic argumentation, preferably a multi-source essay.
  • The names and e-mail addresses of two references.

You may deliver these materials in hardcopy to David Shawn, Writing Center Coordinator, CAS Center for Writing, 100 Bay State Road, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02215 or e-mail them to

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