Teaching in the Writing Program

Teaching in the Writing Program

From the Writing Program website:

The Writing Program is one of the largest sources of academic employment for graduate students on campus. Each year we offer three kinds of renewable teaching positions: Lectors in Academic and Professional Writing, Writing Interns in the Humanities Common Core, and Writing Tutors for the College Tutoring Program. If you are a University of Chicago graduate student interested in one of these positions, our annual applications process begins each January. Our requirements are simple: we're looking for people who write well themselves and who are interested in teaching. Previous experience teaching writing is not required, and we hire graduate students from as many different fields as we can. All Writing Program instructors take a quarter-long course in the pedagogy of writing before they start teaching, and during their first quarter of teaching, they work closely with experienced writing program personnel.

The deadline to apply for positions in the Writing Program is in winter quarter for the following academic year. The Writing Program also offers informational sessions in the weeks preceding the application deadline.

Training in the Writing Program

Training for teaching writing is done through the Writing Program and consists of a training course and on-the-job training. There are two different versions of the training course depending on the teaching appointment:

  • College Core tutors, Humanities Core writing interns, art writing interns, and departmental course assistants train in the spring or summer quarter in "Pedagogies of Writing" (HUMA 50000).
  • Academic and Professional Writing lectors train in the autumn quarter in "Principles of Teaching Writing" (English 50300)

To be eligible for this training, students must apply for and receive an appointment as an Art Writing Intern (through Art History); Course Assistant (through departments); or a Humanities Core Writing Intern, College Core Tutor, or Lector (all through the Writing Program). Despite differing appointment processes, training for teaching writing is provided through the Writing Program for all positions. 

Humanities graduate students who have a qualifying teaching appointment and enroll in the training prior to autumn of their fifth year receive $1,000 after satisfactorily completing the training. Humanities graduate students in their fifth year and beyond may train, but are not eligible for compensation. Students should consult with their director of graduate studies regarding the optimal time for this training and opportunities for teaching writing. 

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