Course Specialist Consultants

Course Specialist Consultants are UWC consultants dedicated to writing flag courses across the disciplines. They attend some or all of their assigned course’s meetings, collaborate with course instructors, and offer priority scheduling to course students who opt to seek their feedback in consultations in the UWC.

Important Update For Fall 2017:

Due to funding constraints, we may not be able to offer CSC services in Fall 2017. But demonstrable faculty interest will increase the likelihood that we will. Accordingly, if you are interested in having a CSC paired with your writing flag course in Fall 2017, please use this form to apply by Sunday, July 16. We will be in touch by the end of July with updates.


Course Specialist Consultants (CSCs) attend their assigned classes and meet regularly with their instructors in order to familiarize themselves with their courses’ content, disciplinary context, and writing assignments. They meet with their students in the UWC for 45-minute one-on-one consultations. During these consultations, CSCs can help students master disciplinary writing conventions and make savvy writing decisions in the context of their assigned classes. And in concert with their instructors, too, CSCs can also offer in-class writing support by giving presentations or facilitating peer review.

Students in a CSCs class have priority when scheduling UWC consultations with their CSC. When CSCs are not consulting with the students in their assigned classes, they consult with other UT undergraduates in a “generalist” capacity.

CSCs come to the UWC with experience in university-level undergraduate writing and, ideally, some experience with the discipline of the courses they support. In the first weeks of their employment, they learn how to collaborate on student writing without taking over a project; how to interact productively with instructors; and how to offer writing help according to course- and discipline-specific writing expectations. Throughout the semester, they attend in-house UWC trainings, interact with seasoned UWC consultants, and meet regularly with the CSC program coordinator.
Contact the CSC Coordinator, Tom Lindsay for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Notes for interested undergraduates and instructors:

Viable CSC applicants are undergraduates in their 2nd-5th years. A successful applicant will be appointed as a UWC Consultant and paid for ten hours of work per week. They will spend a portion of their weekly hours attending their assigned class meeting(s); they will spend the remainder consulting with students in the UWC. Some of a CSC’s in-UWC time can be allotted for meetings with their assigned instructors, but all meetings between CSCs and students take place in the UWC.

As for instructors, successful faculty participants in the CSC program meet regularly with their CSCs and incorporate CSC support into the day-to-day life of their courses. They also adjust their syllabi and assignment descriptions to account for CSC services, e.g., by breaking big assignments into small chunks that maximize opportunities for students to visit and make use of their CSCs. For more ideas about how to build CSC services into a Writing Flag course, email Tom Lindsay.

Forms for Training:

CSC Training Guidelines & Checklist: CSC trainees, please read and use this Word document to guide you through the early training process. You’ll observe at least two consultations, co-consult at least twice, and then consult on your own while being observed by a member of the UWC Observations Team.

CSC Observation Report Form: CSC trainees, please use this form to report and reflect on the observations you do during early training. Please complete at least three observations by September 30. And do not identify the students and consultants you observe.

CSC Co-Consultation Report Form: CSC trainees, please use this form to report and reflect on the co-consultations you do during early training. Please complete at least two co-consultations before consulting on your own. And do not identify the consultants or students you consult with.

Forms for Program Assessment:

CSC Teaching Report Form: All CSCs, please use this form to report on substantial teaching or tutoring efforts you do outside UWC consultations. For instructions on how to complete these reports and for examples of “substantial teaching or tutoring efforts,” please see the form itself.

College Writing Self-Efficacy Survey for CSC Consultees: CSCs, when a student from your class visits you in the UWC for the first time, ask them to take this survey. We’ll use responses to assess the CSC program and report on it to institutional stake-holders. Students will not be identified in their responses, and responses will not be associated with individual students.

CSC Logistics and Administration:

To Open or Reserve Consulting and Administrative Hours: E-mail UWC Administrative Assistant Ben Kitchen at kitchen@austin.utexas.edu and CC Tom Lindsay at thomas.e.lindsay@utexas.edu. In your email briefly explain which type of hours–consulting or admin–you need adjusted, why, and when (i.e., date and hour range).

Absence Request Form: Use this form to request anticipated and unanticipated absences. An absence means missing 1) a regular consulting shift, 2) a CSC class you originally planned to attend, or 3) unblocked Administrative Hours (i.e., extra consulting hours that CSCs open up on weeks when they do not attend their assigned class for).

UT Box Folder for Course Specialist Consultants: This folder contains writing and teaching resources as well as administrative and training documents. CSCs can view, upload, download, and edit documents in this shared folder. Please do not edit documents that other people upload.