What is the Writing Fellows Program?
Started in 2013, the Writing Fellows Program is a continuing project that embeds undergraduate student peer tutors in a variety of courses to support student writing. These tutors, or writing fellows, work closely with faculty and students to support reading comprehension, idea development, drafting, and revision. Fellows have supported writing in a variety of disciplines, including English, Biology, History, Political Science, Anthropology, and in courses at the 100-to 400-level.
What would I do?
New Writing Fellows register for a one-credit practicum course on peer tutoring (ENG 342: Writing Fellows Practicum) taught by the Writing Fellows coordinator. As part of their work for this course, fellows can expect to attend some sessions of their course cohort and to meet regularly with their faculty partner. (This work is included in the one to two hours of homework required for the practicum.) They will also meet with students for two to three hours each week in one-on-one or group tutoring sessions.
What would I learn?
Writing fellows develop leadership skills that translate into other environments; for example:
- They hone their own reading and writing skills as they guide students through complex course texts and student writing;
- They learn to set priorities and work towards a goal by identifying the areas students most need help with;
- Practicum sessions enable students to discuss and troubleshoot problems that emerge from tutoring sessions;
- Fellows improve their own communication skills as they address different audiences: tutor-to-instructor, tutor-to-student, and tutor-to-tutor.
What is the workload?
Generally, Writing Fellows can expect to tutor 2-3 hours per week, sit in on 1 class per week, and remain in contact with their WF faculty partner. Fellows are compensated for their time.
Want to know more?
Interested students and faculty should contact:
Jesse Miller| Assistant Lecturer, Department of English| Writing Fellows Coordinator| firstname.lastname@example.org