Graduate Openings for Fall 2017

The Writing Center expects to have 2 graduate assistant openings for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Assistant Director | Full Assistantship (20 hour/week)

Assistantship start date: August 2017 (with additional paid summer work in June/July to get oriented)

The Assistant Director is involved in all aspects of writing center administration, serving on a leadership team that includes faculty (Tom Deans and Kathleen Tonry), a program administrator (Margie Ouimette), and another graduate Assistant Director. Duties include recruiting, training, and mentoring tutors; managing Writing Center partnerships across campus; running workshops; conducting research; and handling other duties as assigned by the faculty directors. While the position is mainly administrative, Assistant Directors also do regular one-on-one tutoring. Successful candidates must have a commitment to undergraduate education, cross-disciplinary collaboration, peer tutoring, and the intellectual work of teaching of writing. They should also be capable and creative project managers. Past Assistant Directors have translated experiences gained with us into writing center directorships at Emory, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Holy Cross, as well as into tenure-track faculty positions.


Graduate Writing Support Coordinator | Full Assistantship (20 hour/week)

Assistantship start date: January 2018 (preferably candidates can start with limited paid hours in fall 2017 to get oriented to the Writing Center and shadow the current Coordinator, Eleanor Reeds)

Part of our core administrative team, the GWSC leads efforts to support graduate writers across campus. Duties include teaching three 5-week, ungraded seminars in academic writing; arranging one-on-one tutoring for graduate students; doing individualized tutoring; organizing writing retreats and dissertation bootcamps; and serving as the Writing Center’s liaison to various constituencies on campus. Successful candidates will be creative and organized project managers. They must also have a commitment to working across disciplines, languages, and cultures. Recent holders of this position have parlayed their experience into successful tenure-track faculty placements.

We are widely recognized as among the most innovative and research-intensive writing centers in the nation, and our 25 tutors form a diverse community of undergraduates and graduates who are a joy to work with. Beyond delivering nearly 5,000 individualized tutorials per year, the center maintains partnerships across campus and sponsors writing across the disciplines. Our assistantships offer rich apprenticeships in program administration, and we’re committed to the professional growth of our GAs. The faculty directors mentor GAs in academic program development, as well as in research.

Application deadline is March 13, 2017.  Applicants from all UConn departments are invited to apply (past Writing Center GAs have come from English, EEB, Linguistics, LCL, Sociology, Neag, and Communication Sciences). International graduate students are likewise invited to apply. Please upload a letter of interest, resume/CV, and writing sample.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Deans ( or Kathleen Tonry (