Graduate students who are employed as consultants can apply for a graduate admin (gradmin) position. Find out more about becoming an Assistant Program Coordinator, Praxis Editor, Presentations Coordinator, or Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator.
Assistant Program Coordinator
Assistant Program Coordinators (APCs) cultivate administrative and professional experience through their regular duties, which include consultant support, coordinating with other administrators, event planning and/or participation, developing and administering assessment surveys, contributing to the UWC Annual Report, and attending staff meetings. APCs also collaboratively head semesterly staff trainings, such as planning Orientation and Continuing Training events. Additionally, an APC can develop further, more targeted experience through chairing specific Committees. Workflow peaks occur at the starts and ends of the semester when the bulk of planning and assessment occurs respectively, with particular concentrations at the beginning of Fall semester (Orientation) and end of Spring semester (Annual Report).
APCs can gain professional experience by chairing various Committees as the UWC, including the following:
- An APC can obtain hands-on experience in digital communications through chairing the Extended Campus Committee, which entails scheduling, manning, and reporting on virtual consultations with dual-credit high school students.
- An APC can also gather competency in survey development and data tracking through the Professional Development Committee by monitoring milestones toward Certification.
- An APC can gain both hiring/interviewing experience through the Recruiting and Hiring Committee and outreach and personnel management experience through heading the Committee’s subcategory, UWC Tabling.
- An APC can gain experience with digital design and marketing by heading the Social Media Committee.
- An APC can gain experience managing others and assessing workplace efficiency by heading the Observations Committee.
- An APC can also gain experience mentoring and working with underrepresented UT student groups through heading the ULN Internship program.
Praxis: A Writing Center Journal is a peer-reviewed journal staffed by two graduate student editors responsible for communicating regularly with authors, the editorial board, and UWC staff; reading, evaluating, copy-editing, and formatting submitted articles for publication; managing the Axis blog; attending writing center-based conferences to promote the journal; and organizing the Scholarly Writing and Editing Committee. Praxis publishes articles related to writing center training, consulting, labor, administration, and pedagogy. Managing editors will develop a sophisticated understanding of recent currents in writing center scholarship and contribute to those currents by publishing exciting new work in the field. Applicants should be aware that Praxis’s workload intensifies around the end of each semester as publication dates near. Praxis is the premier opportunity for students, graduate and undergraduate alike, to learn about the day-to-day processes of academic publishing.
Presentations Co-Coordinators educate the broader UT community about writing and writing-related issues by designing, constructing, editing, and presenting Prezi presentations, screencasts, handouts, and infographics. With the intent of both improving the public speaking skills of team members as well as extending the UWC’s educational reach, Co-Coordinators also train and manage a team of undergraduate and graduate presenters. Presentations Co-Coordinators gain valuable public speaking, design, and management experience. Instructors and student group leaders request presentations predominantly for the first half of each semester and disproportionately for the fall semester, requiring scheduling flexibility around this demand.
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
The University Writing Center is committed to serving the entire student body in all its diversity. Our Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator creates trainings that help consultants learn how to serve that wide array of students respectfully and sensitively. The person in this role develops and conducts trainings on such issues as combatting microaggressions, recognizing one’s own privilege, understanding transfer issues between different languages, and aiming to be inclusive rather than just accessible.