Undergraduate Tutoring Positions

Junior and Senior Writing Fellows serve as tutors in the CAS Center for Writing for six hours each week.  The one-on-one writing tutorials are devoted to helping students in WR courses become more confident and independent writers of academic arguments.  Tutors confer 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, and offer sensitive feedback that can enable student writers to come to their own decisions about their writing.  Junior Writing Fellows are promoted to the rank of Senior Writing Fellow after two semesters of tutoring in the center.

Training

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

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 2015 semester on Wednesdays 4-5:30.

Stipends

Junior Writing Fellows receive $1,000 per semester. Senior Writing Fellows receive $1,200 per semester.

Deadlines and Application Information

Applicants for the Junior Writing Fellowship may be enrolled in any college within Boston University.  They must have completed their writing requirements and must have taken at least two semesters of coursework at Boston University by June 1, 2015.

The deadline for applications is  March 23, 2015.

To apply, please submit the following materials to the Writing Center:

  • A letter of application, including contact information, that expresses your interest in being a tutor.
  • An unofficial transcript.
  • A writing sample of approximately 10 pages of academic argumentation, preferably a multi-source essay.
  • Two letters of reference.

You may deliver these materials in hard copy to David Shawn, Writing Center Coordinator, CAS Center for Writing, 100 Bay State Road, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02215 or e-mail them to writing@bu.edu.

Book a Tutoring Appointment

Tutors are available for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online.

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WR Transfer Credit

Have you taken or would you like to take a writing course at another school? For information on how to apply for WR transfer credit, please visit the Transfer Credit page.
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Fall Catalog

The Fall 2015 Writing Program catalog is now available.
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