THE CENTER WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS STARTING IN JANUARY 2018 FOR THE 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR. It’s not too soon to think of applying; if you have questions about what it’s like to work here, or whether you’re qualified, please contact Tom Kitchen.
We want the Center to be as academically and culturally diverse as possible, and we need your help. If you would like to add your voice to the Center, please gather and submit the materials in the spring. It doesn’t take much time.
If you are interested in becoming a consultant, we ask that you read this page carefully. Information on how to assemble and submit an application is below; if you have questions about what it’s like to work as a consultant, or whether you are qualified for a position as a consultant, please contact Tom Kitchen (email@example.com).
The staff of the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) welcome candidates to apply for the paid peer consulting positions. Consultants in the Center are paid by the hour, according to a pay schedule maintained by the Cahill Center, which manages all student aide employees of the College. Please see the Cahill Center website and look for “Compensation Schedule.”
Consulting for the Center is more than a job. It is community service on campus with many challenges and rewards, and with those come some pretty serious responsibilities. Not everyone is cut out for this kind of work, and of those who are capable of meeting the demands, there are some who won’t be comfortable making the sacrifices required.
A common misconception about consulting is that it is primarily a matter of correcting others’ papers, especially for sentence-level errors, and that therefore an encyclopedic knowledge of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, etc. is what consultants really need in order to do their jobs well. And that’s just not true. Although it’s important that consultants be accomplished readers and writers, teaching grammar is not part of the job description. The foremost requirements are, in as nearly equal measure as possible, a proven commitment to learning, a passion for good writing, and a deep desire to help others.
Since, however, those qualities are difficult to measure, we require the following of applicants:
- Minimum second-year student status.
- Minimum grade point average of 3.3; or strong evidence of exemplary academic improvement after a GPA-crushing crisis.
- Evidence of ability to work both independently and as part of a close-knit group.
- Evidence of motivation to help others (not necessarily with reading and/or writing).
- Availability to attend all-day pre-service training during the week before the fall semester begns (tentatively Aug. 30–Sept. 1).
- Availability to work at least ten hours per week, and to attend in-service training meetings during the academic year.
We ask that you provide the following materials in your application (please note: there is no application form; simply gather and submit the materials below together):
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at Ramapo who has taught you in a semester-long course.
- An unofficial copy of your current academic transcript.
- A copy of The Rambler, No. 85, with your annotations and marginalia added. Make notes as you would if you expected to be called upon to explain the text, in detail, to someone who was having trouble understanding it. Your notes may be in abbreviated form; correct spelling, grammar, etc. is not necessary here. Also: you don’t need to make notes about everything; just the things you think are important.
- A writing portfolio of your best work, including the following:
a. two graded argument (thesis-driven) papers (i.e., essays)
b. one paper written for a course in your major, at Ramapo
c. a one-page cover letter addressing your claims to the requirements above
Applications may be delivered (in hard copy) to the Center for Reading and Writing, attn: Tom Kitchen; electronic files may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (please avoid multiple emails; wait until you have all of the materials, then send them together).
The Center staff will review these documents and select candidates for interviews.
Review of applications has begun, but it is not too late to apply. Applications will continue to be accepted even after the end of the semester; however, review of later submissions will depend upon need. We hope to complete interviews of first-round candidates before the end of the semester.
During the interview, you will meet with a panel of Center staff and consultants. You may be asked about any of your application materials, so please be prepared to discuss them. You may also be asked to read and/or write during the interview.
We look forward to reviewing your application, and we assure you that every complete application will receive the full attention of the Center staff.
Center for Reading and Writing
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430