Teaching Assistantships in the Writing Center

The Writing Center seeks enthusiastic, student-centered teachers to join our diverse staff. Graduate students in all UNC-Chapel Hill schools and departments may apply for our teaching assistantships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The hiring process in the Writing Center is completely separate from the TA/TF hiring processes that take place within students’ home departments.

Writing Center teaching assistants work with writers one-on-one, contribute to staff meetings, participate in ongoing training, and join in other Writing Center activities for 15 fixed hours per week. Teaching assistants are eligible for health insurance and receive the university standard teaching assistant stipend (expected to be $7850/semester). The Writing Center cannot provide tuition assistance, but you may be eligible for tuition support from the Graduate School; see the FAQ below for more information.

You are eligible to apply if you will be enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking graduate student in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill during both fall 2015 and spring 2016. (It is o.k. if you are done with coursework and are enrolled in dissertation credit only.) Writing Center directors may consult with your director of graduate studies and advisor during the hiring process to ensure your eligibility and discuss your qualifications.

Who should apply

We encourage applications from graduate students who are student-centered and interested in exploring an alternative teaching setting. Preference may be given to applicants with prior teaching experience or specialized areas of expertise, such as tutoring, coaching, ESL, or instructional technology. We value having a diverse staff and welcome applications from people of every race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We hire both people who are early in their graduate studies and people who are finishing.

All writing coaches participate in staff training. Coaches must be available to work one full evening (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) per week; the Writing Center is open in the evening on Sunday through Thursday. New staff members cannot work more than four hours per day, so the position requires at least four days per week (shifts can vary on different days, but once they are assigned, they will remain constant for the entire semester). Selection will occur through a formal application and interview process.

To learn more before you apply, we encourage you to read our FAQ for graduate students interested in working at the Writing Center, as well as our general FAQ.

How to apply
To be considered for employment in the Writing Center for the 2015-2016 academic year, please attach the following documents in an email to Ms. Kim Allison, Writing Center Administrative Manager (kallison@email.unc.edu). Word documents and PDFs are both fine.

  • a completed Writing Center cover sheet
  • a CV or resume (CV preferred)
  • a one-page statement of interest in the job
  • a five-page sample of your academic writing (an excerpt from a course paper is fine, and it doesn’t have to be from the beginning)
  • names and contact information for three references—letters of recommendation are not necessary. We prefer that at least 2 references be on campus, but if that is not possible, focus on finding references who know you as a teacher and/or an employee

When and where to apply
Completed application materials are due by the end of the day on March 2. If you prefer not to email your application, you may mail it to the Writing Center at CB# 5137 or drop it off at our main office in the Student and Academic Services Building North.

When you will hear back
We anticipate that candidates whose applications look promising will be interviewed between in late March and early April and that offers will be made starting in mid-April.

If you have questions about the Writing Center, the application process, our hiring guidelines, or our teaching assistantships, contact Dr. Vicki Behrens, our assistant director, at vicki@unc.edu.