Request a Writing Assistant

The Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWIT) at Dartmouth's Institute for Writing and Rhetoric welcomes requests for Writing Assistants (WAs) from faculty across the disciplines. The limits of our staff size and the class schedules of our WAs can sometimes make it difficult to find a suitable match, but we will do our best to honor any reasonable request. Requests submitted more than one month before the start of term will be considered first. If you have questions, contact RWIT's Director, John Pfister.

Important Reminders

The Writing Assistance Program (WAP) pairs faculty teaching writing-intensive courses with WAs, who are students trained as peer tutors for RWIT. WAs support your students by responding to essay drafts through marginal notes and end commentaries. If time allows, WAs might also work with student writing in one-on-one meetings or group tutorials. In return for this service, the WAP asks that professors meet regularly with their WAs to discuss expectations, assignments, deadlines, and performance feedback.

While WAs want to serve as resources for your students, they are also eager to further their education. So, much like Presidential Scholars, WAs require mentoring. Expect to maintain regular dialogue with your WA to ensure that you, your students, and the WA enjoy a productive collaboration. Successful WA requests will outline a collaboration that makes good use of WAs’ time and training, provides sufficient work (between 30 and 50 hours per term), and observes program guidelines. Please read program information before deciding whether and how to incorporate a WA into your course.

Please remember that WAs are not intended to replace faculty feedback on student work. If adopting a WA means that you will provide less feedback to your students, we ask that you reconsider your approach. If it appears that WA feedback is replacing faculty feedback in a course where that feedback is integral to the instruction (like the first-year seminar), we may not grant a WA request.  

Policy Reminders

The WAP does not serve WRIT 5 courses or WRIT 2-3 courses.

WAs may not be involved in any grading of student work. This policy is in line with the guidelines established in the Dartmouth Faculty Handbook. We ask that faculty do not discuss any students' grades with WAs.

Students are not eligible to act as a WA for a course they are taking.

In order to act as a Writing Assistant, a student must be on staff as an RWIT Tutor.

Faculty Contact Information
Course Information
Upload your syllabus, if complete
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx odt.
Work Plan for Writing Assistant
List the amount of material each student will submit to a WA, assuming one WA for the course, such as: 15 double-spaced pages; 5,000 words; etc.
List the dates on which WAs will receive drafts and return drafts to you, such as: Essay Draft (5 pages): September 18, September 21; Speech outline (2 pages): January 20, January 24; Literature Review Draft (7 pages): May 10, May 15; Lab Report (4 pages): July 21, July 25.
Comments may include requests for multiple WAs (for larger classes), requests for a specific WA, or accounts of additional work you expect the WA to perform. All questions are welcome.