Opportunities

Opportunities

Become a WCC Peer Tutor!

JOIN OUR TEAM! 

We’re hiring undergraduate, master’s, and PhD UWaterloo students from all faculties to be peer tutors at the WCC next year. Our tutors meet with their peers in-person at the Library, in the WCC offices in SCH, as well as virtually from their own homes. They coach their peers on assignments, theses, research articles, grad school applications, research statements, and other documents. Undergraduate peer tutors are paid $17/hour in their first year with the WCC. Graduate peer tutors are paid $27/hour in their first year with the WCC. 

As a WCC Peer Tutor, you’ll be responsible for: 

  • Tutoring your peers from all disciplines in all years of study during your scheduled shifts. Undergraduate tutors typically meet with other undergrads, while graduate students meet with undergrads and other graduate students. 
  • In tutoring sessions, talking with your peers about their writing and communication assignments, asking guiding questions, helping them view their work as an audience would, and giving advice about navigating deadlines and stresses related to assignments 
  • Using antiracist, equitable, collaborative, encouraging tutoring strategies to coach students through brainstorming, drafting, revising, or presenting their assignments (we’ll teach you how!) 
  • Participating in ongoing professional development at team meetings with other peer tutors 

To be a WCC peer tutor, you need to be: 

  • Registered as a UWaterloo student in Winter 2023 (and not on co-op) and available for in-person on-campus tutoring in Winter 2023 
  • Experienced with written, verbal, visual, and digital communication. You don’t have to see yourself as the best writer, but instead you have experience revising and strengthening your drafts, and you are interested in developing strengths as a communicator. 
  • Compassionate and genuinely interested in helping others 
  • Good at listening, asking questions, and explaining concepts 
  • Good at managing your time and organizing tasks 
  • Available to work 8.5 to 15.5 hours/week when classes are in session, including some evenings (we’ll work around your schedule) 
  • Preferred: experience with digital communication, STEM writing and communication, and/or business communication 
  • Preferred: available for 12 hours of paid training and 12 hours paid shadowing in late November and December. 

We provide: 

  • 12 hours of education and training in writing centre antiracist and accessible writing pedagogy 
  • 12 hours of shadowing and feedback 
  • Ongoing professional development through the term 
  • Opportunities for engaging in writing centre research and conferences, if you are interested 

To apply to join our team: 

By 9:00 am on Monday, November 21st, email a single document titled with your name containing the following to Dr. Clare Bermingham, clare.bermingham@uwaterloo.ca::  

  • A one-page cover letter. In your letter, please also tell us: 

  • Why you’re interested in being a WCC peer tutor  

  • How your work and school experiences have prepared you for this role 

  • What term you’ll be in this fall, what co-op terms you have upcoming (if applicable), and when you plan to graduate 

  • A one- to two-page résumé detailing your relevant experiences (for graduate students, a longer cv is welcome) 

  • A recent sample of your academic communication (written, oral, visual, or digital)  

  • A one-page memo describing your sample (when and why you wrote or created it) and reflecting on it (what was your process for writing or creating it? What was good about the piece? What would you change now if you could?)  

If the application process does not meet your access needs, please email Dr. Clare Bermingham, clare.bermingham@uwaterloo.ca for alternate application processes. 

We seek applicants who embrace our values of equity, antiracism, and inclusion. We encourage applications from those who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women, and 2SLGBTQ+. 

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that by accepting this position they would not compromise their enrolment status, visa conditions, or scholarship/award terms. If you are unsure, check with your program coordinator or advisor.