Writing Center Fellows

Writing Center PosterWriting Center Fellows are Princeton undergraduate and graduate students who work one-on-one with student writers. If you’re an excellent academic writer who enjoys giving feedback to other writers, especially on macro issues such as developing an argument and organizing ideas, a position as a Writing Center Fellow may be for you. You’ll have the chance to affect students’ academic lives in positive and meaningful ways. Perhaps as important, you’ll get the chance to hone your teaching skills—and your own writing skills—as you serve the University community.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and all graduate students are invited to apply. We look for representation from the full range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and engineering. Since this is the best job on campus – not that we’re biased – competition for positions is fierce.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in an intensive two-day initial training session on September 21 & 22, 2019.
  • Engage in preparatory reading and Blackboard discussion for training over the summer and in early September.
  • Attend monthly workshops and participate in other ongoing training activities throughout the year.
  • Work with student writers for 50 conference hours total per semester. This usually means working 3 hours per week while classes are in session, with additional hours during periods of peak demand. During a typical semester those busy periods include Week 4, Week 6, Week 7, Week 12, Reading Period, and (for Graduate Fellows) the weeks leading up to JP and Senior Thesis deadlines.
  • Complete a report after each conference for the Writing Center’s confidential records.
  • Assist with publicity efforts.

Note: Serving as a Writing Center Fellow is a serious, full-year commitment that requires dedication and time. Please consider your academic and extracurricular commitments before applying.

Pay Rates

Undergraduates: The position is “Grade I” on the student pay scale ($14.80/hr in AY19).
Graduate Students: The hourly wage is $17.

All time spent on the Writing Center responsibilities outlined above, including attending workshops and meetings, is compensated at these rates.

Application Process

Information sessions for applicants

  • Tuesday, February 19th (4:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 27th (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

Email your application to writing2@princeton.edu by the appropriate deadline:

  • We are no longer accepting applications from undergraduate students for Fall 2019. Please check back in September for application deadlines for next Spring (2020).
  • Graduate students may apply on a rolling basis with preference given to applications received by Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m.

Your application should consist of the following:

  1. Your resume or c.v.
  2. A copy of your internal transcript from TigerHub (unofficial version as a pdf).
  3. A 2-10 page sample of your academic writing (may be excerpted from a longer paper). Scientific writing samples may be shorter.
  4. A letter addressed to Dr. Creedon, Associate Director, Princeton Writing Center in which you:
    • discuss your academic writing process.
    • analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the writing sample you are submitting for consideration, elaborate why you have chosen it, and reflect on what parts of it you might continue to revise. 
    • draw on concrete experiences to devise your own analogy for what you think being a Writing Center Fellow is or would be like (feel free to be creative here!).
  5. Optional: A sample of written feedback you’ve provided to a peer writer. Rising sophomores might choose to submit a letter composed for a Writing Seminar draft workshop, but any form of written feedback is welcome.

Application review and interviews take place each year during March and April. Hiring decisions are typically made in early May. In past years, the large pool of candidates has made the hiring process competitive. We’re grateful for your enthusiasm!

Questions? Contact Gen Creedon at gcreedon@princeton.edu.