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Writing Coach for the PSR Writing Center

Job title: Writing Coach for PSR Writing Center (one position available)

Posting date: September 19, 2017

Department/Organization: Academic Affairs

Supervisor:  Lucia Ann [Shan] McSpadden, Coordinator for International Student Support/Director of Writing Center

Job description:

  • Assist students with grammar, punctuation, syntax and style in writing assignments for classes as well as thesis writing.
  • Assist students with the coherent construction of an argument and smooth flow of ideas, according to accepted standards for academic writing.
  • Edit papers and meet individually with students to review their writing. Provide feedback to assist students to improve in their command of academic English.
  • Work with distance students via Skype
  • Report to the Coordinator of International Student Support regarding students’ progress.
  • Meet occasionally with CIIS and the other Writing Coach to monitor flow of work and further develop writing program resources.

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing skills and thorough knowledge of English grammar.
  • Ability to identify common difficulties and patterns in students’ writing.
  • Ability to tutor students one-on-one [face to face or via Skype] effectively providing feedback, instruction, and encouragement so as to support students in becoming better writers.
  • Ability to be available on a regular schedule to support students in their academic work.
  • Inter-cultural awareness and sensitivity in communicating with international students and students from varying U.S. social contexts.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Tutoring experience, especially at the university and/or graduate level
  • Editing and proofreading experience
  • Experience studying abroad or experience working/living in a cultural setting other than one’s own ethnic/racial background


Hours per week: 5 to 7

Date job is to begin: Fall semester 2017 as soon as possible

Hourly rate: $15.00

Period of employment:  Fall 2017 semester, intersession, and Spring 2018 semester

Preferred work days:  Flexible

Location:  Writing Center, Holbrook 219B

Apply to: Lucia Ann [Shan] McSpadden

Tel/email: 510-849-8250/ lmcspadden@psr.edu

Application process: Please send resume and cover letter. Include a brief writingsample (at least 2 pages in length – previously written paper acceptable), and names and contact information for 2 references.

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