Graduate Tutoring Positions

Graduate students from across the University’s academic disciplines work as writing consultants in the CAS Center for Writing.  The position involves working one-on-one with undergraduate students in WR courses. These sessions are devoted to helping students become more confident and independent writers of academic arguments. Consultants 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 consultants are strong and capable writers, their role is not as an editor or proofreader. Instead, the fundamental orientation of the consultant 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 writing consultants vary; those with Ph.D. funding typically work 4.5 hours per week.


Graduate consultants participate in an orientation session, collaborate with experienced consultants, attend workshops, and receive mentoring from the Writing Center Coordinator.

In addition, new consultants will take the 2-credit WR 598 Tutoring in ESL. This course prepares consultants to work with ESL and multilingual students. It is tentatively scheduled to meet in the Fall 2018 semester on Mondays 4:40-5:55 pm.


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 2018 semester should be submitted during Spring 2018.

The priority deadline for Fall 2018 applications is April 2, 2018, 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 apply using the form below:

  • A letter of application, including contact information, that expresses your interest in being a tutor.
  • approximately 10 pages of academic argumentation, preferably a multi-source essay.
  • If you have any notes or questions regarding your application, please let us know here.

Two letters of reference are also required, and should be sent directly to Heather Barrett, Writing Center Coordinator,

Book a Writing Consultation

Writing Consultants are available for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online.
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WR Transfer Credit

Did you take or are you planning to take a writing class at another school? You may be able to receive WR transfer credit for it.
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Alumni Awards for Writing Excellence

Nominations for this year's competition, open to CAS graduating seniors, are due April 19.
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