Undergraduates who join the Writing Lab staff are recruited from all disciplines and must be recommended by a faculty member. Consultants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of recruitment, a grade of A in Freshman Composition, successfully complete an interview, and submit a writing sample. After acceptance to the program, new staff members must begin the certification program by enrolling in Education 301/501 XL, Writing Center Theory and Practice.
Steps Toward Becoming a Writing Lab Consultant
- Teaching faculty or staff refer students they believe would be good consultants. Coordinators of other TLC programs and current TLC consultants may also recommend students.
- The Writing Lab Coordinator screens all the referred students to be sure the prospect meets minimal GPA and writing requirements.
- The Writing Lab Coordinator invites eligible students to interview.
- The recruiter interviews each student, and if all looks well, gives the prospect application materials.
- The recruiter reviews the completed applications and gives qualified candidates permission to register for EDUC 301/501 XL.
- The tutoring candidate registers and is welcomed into the practicum class.
Writing Lab Certificate Program
Requirements for Proficiency Certificate
- Successful completion of Education 301/501 XL, Writing Center Theory and Practice (45 classroom hours)
- Completion of 30 hours of participation in writing center activities and consultations, which must include 12 hours as teaching assistant for English 157/257/357 - Independent Writing
- Complete an article on theory or practice for the Practicum Publication.
Requirements for Master Consultant Certificate
- Hold Proficiency Certificate
- Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
- Complete a minimum of 100 one-on-one sessions with learners
- Maintain high evaluations from the Writing Lab Intern
- Publish a handout for Writing Lab Resources