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Our Spring 2021 hiring season has ended, but you can nominate yourself or a student for Spring 2022 using this form.

Explore this page to decide if Writing Advising is a good fit for you. Find application instructions at the bottom.

What does an effective WA look like?

Strong WAs are skilled coaches, demonstrate professionalism, and are open to collaborating with and learning from North Park’s diverse community. We expect WAs to grow as writers while they work with us; we don’t need “perfect” writers, and we don’t believe those exist! We also need a variety of majors to assist with all genres of writing, from lab reports to poetry. Finally, our writing center’s strength comes from employing WAs of all races, identities, and backgrounds. All are invited and necessary.

Application is limited to students graduating December 2023 or later since we prefer that WAs work for at least 2 semesters after taking the WRIT2100 WA training course Fall 2022. 

Why should I become a WA (Writing Advisor)?

Earn flexible income. WAs earn $11/hour and can choose their hours. Extra shifts and paid opportunities are easy to find. While we hope to return to in-person writing conferencing in the fall, we expect to retain some online conferencing opportunities, convenient for commuter students or those who prefer to work from off campus.

Build your writing skills and resume. Between honing your writing and tutoring, serving on committees, and even interviewing new WAs, Writing Center work gives you standout skills applicable to any job (not to mention letters of recommendation). WAs can also conduct research and participate in scholarly conferences, excellent for any CV.

Serve other writers and your community. In addition to helping fellow North Park students improve their writing, WAs can participate in countless service projects—from exchanging writing with “inside” North Park students at Stateville prison to fighting for social justice via our Social Justice Activist Alliance committee.

Make friends. WAs forge life-long friendships and gain access to a network of fellow WAs from all walks of life.

Become a leader and get famous. WAs can build confidence and take advantage of leadership opportunities by joining our leadership team, spearheading committees, facilitating workshops, and much more. WAs are known by their advisees, faculty, staff, and administrators across campus.

Connect with professors. Get to know your favorite professors by advising for their course.

Enjoy a comfortable working environment. The Writing Center hosts online activities and events to build community virtually. Once we’re able to meet safely again, you can enjoy our quiet, welcoming, and centralized Writing Center space in Brandel Library to meet advisees. Look forward to our snacks, coffee, and tea to fuel your work!

What do WAs do?

Advise writing students. As a new WA, you’ll hold scheduled writing conferences with 8 student advisees from one course. You’ll meet each advisee 3 times over the term, each time discussing one of their 3 course essays.

Work drop-in hours. Each WA is also expected to work at least 2 online drop-in advising hours per week, where students can connect with WAs for unscheduled writing support.

Do tutor training, WRIT2100. New WAs get paid to complete this required 2-semester-hour course concurrent with their first semester of WAing in the fall. To meet your needs, you can take WRIT2100 for 0, 1, or 2 semester hours. The course puts you in community with your WA cohort to learn about tutoring best practices and writing center theory.

Virtually attend monthly general meetings. They’ll apprise you of vital policies, professional development, and fun Writing Center opportunities.

Virtually attend at least 1 start-of-term meeting with your assigned instructor(s). You’ll be WAing their course, and learning the instructor’s essay due dates and expectations up front is key to successfully assisting your advisees.

Maintain open communication with instructors. Frequent communication with your assigned instructor(s) ensures you stay on the same page.

What’s my time obligation?

On most weeks, you’ll only work your minimum 2 drop-in hours. On the weeks you conference with your advisees, new WAs should budget 10–12 hours. WAs can also volunteer to work on committees and projects.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

You DO NOT need a nomination to apply. Please submit a complete application; your application will be returned if it doesn’t include these.

  • Cover sheet as page one of your application materials (download and fill in from the link)
  • Cover letter, explaining why you’d be a strong fit for this position
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation written by a North Park faculty member (This is different from a faculty nomination; click here to learn what a LOR is and how to request one.)
  • A full-length, argumentative, college-level essay that includes quoted or paraphrased sources to serve as a writing sample; one additional sample may be included to demonstrate a range of writing skills, but isn’t required
  • Informal transcript (a screenshot from Self-Service). Applicants who successfully completed WRIT1000 in the fall are welcome to apply; after a successful interview, employment is contingent on submitting a final CORE1000 grade of C or better.

Email your materials as one Word or PDF document, not multiples to Melissa Pavlik at mpavlik@northpark.edu.

What happens after I apply?

After we receive and review applications, we’ll contact applicants to schedule 30-minute remote interviews with a panel of interviewers.

Help! I still have questions.

Contact Melissa Pavlik (mpavlik@northpark.edu)

We can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to the Writing Center and we hope to hear from you!