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The Writing Center seeks enthusiastic, student-centered graduate students to join our diverse staff as academic writing coaches. Coaches are classified as teaching assistants. Graduate students in all UNC-Chapel Hill schools and departments may apply. 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 coaches work with writers one-on-one, contribute to weekly staff meetings, participate in ongoing training, and join in other Writing Center activities for 15 fixed, consistent hours per week. As teaching assistants, coaches are eligible for health insurance and receive the university standard teaching assistant stipend (currently $7850/semester). The Writing Center cannot directly provide tuition assistance, but you may be eligible for tuition support from the Graduate School; see the FAQ mentioned 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 fall 2021. (It is o.k. if you are done with coursework and are enrolled in dissertation credit only.)

Applications are due on Monday, March 8.

Who should apply

We encourage applications from graduate students who are 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 (in any subject), ESL, instructional technology, marketing, or data analysis. We do not expect all coaches to be writing experts, though of course such knowledge is useful.

We greatly value having a diverse staff and welcome applications from people of every race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We hire both people who are early in their graduate studies and people who are finishing. One of the rewards of joining our staff is getting to know graduate (and undergraduate) students from across campus.

All coaches must be available in August Monday-Friday during the week before classes begin from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to participate in 30-40 hours of group training.

During the fall and spring, coaches must be available to work one full evening (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) per week, but must also have some daytime hours so full-time staff can interact with them. 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. Work locations and formats will be determined at a later date after we have more information about the pandemic and the University’s plan for Fall 2021.

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 general FAQ (under “About”). One of the most common questions is whether new teaching assistants can be hired to start work during the summer; they cannot.

When you will hear back

We anticipate that candidates whose applications look promising will be interviewed in late March and early April.


If you have questions about the Writing Center, the application process, our hiring guidelines, or our teaching assistantships, don’t hesitate to contact Alex Funt, our Writing Coach Specialist, at If you choose to apply, we look forward to hearing from you!

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It’s so exciting to see students think through their writing process and have their ideas just come out and shine.Carlie