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The Writing Center accepts and reviews applications for undergraduate tutors during the Winter and Spring terms. Students who are hired begin working in the following academic year.
The Writing Center accepts applications in Winter and Spring term; students who are hired begin work in the following academic year. During winter term, students may submit applications through late January. During Spring term, through late April.
All of these items should be submitted via a webform, which will be live at the start of each application window (early January for Winter; late April for Spring).
To complete an application, undergraduate students will submit the following:
A writing sample should display your ability to convey and support an argument while engaging with outside sources. While we are looking for writing which displays these strategies, the Writing Center is best able to support our clients when our staff reflect the diversity of language traditions found on Dartmouth's campus. We welcome writing samples in any form or variety of English you use. We also ask for a brief description (<200 words) of the context in which your sample piece was written, including the goal of the piece, your intended audience, your writing process, and any other relevant information for reading your work.
In lieu of a cover letter, applicants will answer several application questions. These questions ask about your interest in peer support and education, in composition, and about relevant experiences.
One faculty recommendation is required. This faculty member should be able to comment on your writing abilities or how you collaborate with peers. Students will send a recommendation request to a faculty member by completing a simple recommendation request form.
Please note: we do not ask your recommender(s) to write a formal letter of recommendation. Rather, they will fill out a recommendation form that should take ~10-15 minutes.
Applicants may arrange for one peer recommendation. A peer recommender should be someone who has worked with the applicant in a setting where they exchanged critical feedback, collaborated on a complex project, or engaged in coaching or mentorship. It can be anyone an applicant considers a peer. Peer Recommendation Request (form active only during active recruitment windows).
A few examples: a classmate whose writing the applicant has reviewed or critiqued, a fellow student the applicant has tutored at Dartmouth, a collaborator on a major group project for a class, or a teammate or member of a student group the applicant has worked with closely.
We hope the peer recommendation will show us your experience in interpersonal settings like those you would encounter as a Writing Center tutor. This optional recommendation is especially useful for applicants who may not have formal experience in tutoring or mentoring.
The resume should describe your past experiences and current activities - academic, professional, athletic, extracurricular - and any notable skills or achievements. It should also include your current cumulative grade point average at Dartmouth.
You may consider consulting the guidelines from the Center for Professional Development for information about preparing resumes and writing cover letters. We also encourage you to reach out to them on Handshake to schedule a mock interview.
Read the Graduate Peer Tutor job description..
The Writing Center is not currently accepting applications for Graduate Peer Tutor positions to begin in the fall of 2023.
When applications are accepted, canddiates can submit the following by email to the Writing Center's Director: