We are a vibrant community of peer and professional educators and researchers. All peer writing tutors receive paid training and are welcomed into a mentorship-focused learning community.
Each spring and summer, the Middlebury Writing Center hires peer writing tutors for the following academic year. Students who successfully complete WRPR 0212 are given priority in the application process. Peer tutors work with individual writers via our drop-in and online tutoring sites, or they work with FYS, CW, WRPR and other writing-intensive courses as embedded tutors. Finally, several peer writing tutors take on leadership roles at the center—they mentor new tutors, they develop and they run peer tutor trainings and workshops, and they create and facilitate events like the write-in, the mindfulness writing challenge, conversation circles, and writing groups.
The Writing Center is a pedagogical hub on campus; however, it is also a research hub. Several tutors on our staff engage in educational and writing studies research. Together, we develop research projects that are then carried out by individual and groups of peer tutors. These projects have resulted in conference presentations, publications, and several other kinds of positive and long-term outcomes, such as fellowship awards and graduate school acceptances.
Become a Peer Writing Tutor
Because of the professional and scholarly nature of writing center tutoring work, we strongly encourage all students who are interested in becoming peer writing tutors to take WRPR 0212: Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing (offered in spring). Many of our NEASC peer institutions also have similar courses. Check out students’ experiences in the course (below) or request a sample syllabus from Dr. Giaimo at email@example.com
The Writing Center also hires a limited number of tutors through an application process each spring. Applications require a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and Middlebury faculty/staff/peer tutor reference.
The Writing Center is Hiring Peer Writing Tutors for Fall 2021
The Writing Center is hiring a limited number of tutors through the application process. Head tutor Diana Diaz will hold a Zoom informational session on May 14th from 4:45 - 6:00 p.m., ET. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis starting in May through early June. Training and placement will occur late summer - early fall.
Apply to be a tutor here.
Why take WRPR 0212?
- To develop critical and transferable research skills such as qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
- To hone your tutoring practices and give you an excellent foundation for future educational work.
- To increase your confidence in your own writing and research.
- To expand your understanding of Writing Centers and value in higher education.
- To gain mentors, knowledge, and experience in a new (or old!) corner of campus.
- To join a community of like-minded peer educators and researchers passionate about writing studies and making a different on campus.
WRPR 0212 Student Testimony:
Taking Dr. Giaimo’s WRPR 212 class in my first year at Middlebury was a decision I am so thankful I made. Our small class allowed for a tight knit group, frequent collaboration, and countless opportunities to get advice and guidance from Dr. Giaimo. When I registered, I was merely hoping to try something new during my first year, so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized this class also gave me a CW credit. One year later, that decision afforded me an incredibly fulfilling job on campus, ongoing research experience, and tons of future possibilities. As an Embedded Course tutor and an incoming Head Tutor, I’ve learned lessons and gained unique experiences quite early on in college. A thought-provoking and slightly unconventional class, I would recommend WRPR 212 to any type of Middlebury student, regardless of experience, major, or background.