Baruch College Writing Center, CUNY

Writing Consultant

Union classification: Non-Teaching Adjunct
Start date: Mid-to-late January

Hourly wage: $42.95
Workload limits: 8-15 hours/week, 15 weeks/semester
Reappointment: Dependent on budget, availability, and experience
Benefits: Health insurance available in 3rd consecutive semester of 15 hour/week appointments

The Baruch College Writing Center (City University of New York) anticipates openings for 2-3 professional writing consultants to join our engaged staff of writers and teachers for the Spring 2018 semester. The priority deadline is December 4, with the hopes of scheduling interviews before the winter break. We understand that this only leaves a few weeks, though, and we’ll continue to review all applications until the positions are filled.

Our consultants support Baruch’s linguistically diverse undergraduate and graduate students as they work to become more independent, confident, and versatile writers. They work one-to-one (in person, via online online chat, and in written feedback) with student writers, co-author session records at the end of each consultation, conduct small-group and in-class workshops, engage actively in professional development, and take on special projects where assigned.

About 70% of our students report a language other than English as their “first or home language”— more than 130 languages are spoken at Baruch—and we see the Writing Center as an ideal space to facilitate language acquisition through one-to-one support. Our consultants support students in all three schools: The Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Zicklin School of Business. Nearly 80% of our students are enrolled (or intend to be) in the business school, and our consultants also help writers develop the skills essential to business correspondence and professional writing.

Our center continues to grow and develop; most recently, for example, we’ve collaboratively researched topics like 1. Reconsidering Writing Center strategies in light of scholarship from Applied Linguistics and TESOL, 2. Helping students transfer learning to new contexts and disciplines, and 3. Applying best practices in written feedback. We’ve been working to expand our workshop, peer review, and other small group programming, and we’ve re-launched our online journal of student writing. We also continue to engage in staff development programs launched in prior years, including consultant writing groups, practitioner inquiry groups—where consultants engage with scholarship to collaboratively investigate questions about their students’ learning—and other opportunities for growth. More information about our program is available here:

Required Qualifications:

  • a graduate degree, or current candidacy with significant work toward degree. We are eager to receive qualified applications from wide variety of academic backgrounds. Our current and recent staff members hold PhDs, MFAs, and/or MAs in fields including English, French, History, Anthropology, Creative Writing, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Library Science, and Performance Studies.  
  • experience supporting writers from diverse linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds;
  • classroom teaching, writing center, and/or tutoring experience;
  • an active writing life;
  • embodiment of and ability to foster the habits of mind that support students’ success, including curiosity, openness, engagement, creativity, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition;
  • demonstrated ability to revise and adapt pedagogical strategies in response to new contexts, information, or purposes.

Welcome Qualifications:

  • experience and training in formal first-year composition, WID, and/or WAC programs;
  • some familiarity with the scholarship of writing centers, rhetoric and composition, second language writing, translingualism, foreign language teaching, and/or educational diversity;
  • experience producing and/or teaching professional communication;
  • proficiency in multiple languages.

It is a goal of our Center to develop and support a diverse consulting staff in order to serve a diverse student body.

To apply, write “Consultant Application” in the subject line of an email and attach the following:

  • a C.V.
  • a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position and approaches to working with student writers
  • your availability for the spring semester, and
  • the contact information for three references.

Email your application to:

Diana Hamilton

Deepti Dhir
Associate Director

Note that cover letters are read carefully for evidence of reflection, engagement, and expertise.

No phone calls, please.

Contact Information

Diana Hamilton, Director
Writing Center
55 Lexington Ave, 8-185
New York