Graduate Writing Tutor


Position Title

Graduate Writing Tutor


Academic Support Center


Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary

The Graduate Writing tutor will teach 1-2 courses in the Department of Languages and Literatures (typically in English writing) per traditional semester AND assist graduate students in all programs with writing for courses, capstone projects, theses, and dissertations. Duties during the Winter and summer sessions will be exclusively writing tutoring for the graduate student population. Assistance to students includes, but is not limited to, discussions of appropriate citation within the field, evaluation of sources, organization, formatting, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and editing. Care will be taken to ensure that students are doing their own work as academic integrity within all programs is paramount.

The Graduate Writing tutor will be available to students both in-person at the JU campus (in the Writing Center located in the Library), via email consultation, and through on-line appointments in Bb Collaborate, Teams, Zoom, or other verifiable video conferencing mechanisms.

Essential Job Duties

  • Teach 1-2 classes in the Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Assist graduate students in writing for courses, including assignments, capstone projects, theses, and dissertations)
  • Discussions and evaluation of appropriate citation within the field
  • Discussions and evaluation of sources
  • Assist students with organization, formatting, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and editing of papers
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of the ASC/WC and undergraduate writing tutors
  • Senior tutor within Writing Center

Special Skills

  • Masters degree required in writing or closely related discipline from a regionally accredited institution (or qualifications to teach in a graduate program at JU)
  • Academic training in the teaching of writing across disciplines
  • Ability and/or desire to enter into a tutor/tutee relationship
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office (specifically Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to hold virtual sessions in Bb Collaborate or other JU approved virtual learning space
  • Willingness to have a set schedule of appointment availability through Starfish or other university approved scheduling software
  • Familiarity with citation styles used in graduate programs throughout the University including, but not limited to, MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE
  • Willingness to work with faculty in graduate programs to assist with the writing needs they see among their students
  • Availability during ASC/WC hours of operation (currently: noon – 9pm Monday-Thursday, noon- 4 pm Friday, 10 am – 2 pm Saturday (virtual), and 5 pm – 9 pm Sunday. Note that all hours do not need to be covered, but an effort should be made to be available for some time each work-day, and over the weekends to accommodate not-traditional learners
  • Willingness to conduct tutoring sessions virtually, in person, and/or provide written feedback (email) as needed

Work Conditions

  • Hybrid position
  • Work schedule set in collaboration with Director of Academic Support Center and Writing Center within the ASC/WC hours of operation
  • Work is primarily indoors, but requires the incumbent to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or being off-campus
  • Incumbent will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighting up to 40 pounds
  • Must be able to bend, stoop and reach
  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone

Prerequisites Required for Position

Minimum Education Requirement

  • Master’s degree

Minimum Work Experience

  • Minimum three (3) years of related experience, preferably in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

All interested applicants are requested to submit a resume, cover letter, and JU application to Dr. LeeAnn Clements at