Become a Tutor

We are currently recruiting for the Fall 2024 cohort of new tutors.

Do you enjoy writing? Are you interested in helping people? Join our vibrant intellectual community! Keep reading for more information or feel free to email us:

Theories and Practices of Tutoring Writing

All tutors at the WRC—both novice and experienced—must complete WRDS 4402/ENGL 4400/5400: Theory & Practice of Tutoring Writing (same course meeting). In this course, students read and write about writing center scholarship, discuss tutoring practices, and conduct writing center research. Students in the course will also tutor for three hours a week in the WRC. This course is offered in the Fall semester each year on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-3:45.

After successful completion of the course, and with the permission of the director, students can go on to become a paid tutor within the WRC. We currently pay $12/hr. Continued employment in the WRC requires ongoing professional development via staff meetings. Experienced tutors may also apply for a small number of summer tutoring positions.

If you are interested in applying to join the 2024 class, please send a writing sample and letter of interest to Your letter of interest should be 3 – 5 paragraphs long and address the following:

  • Why you are interested in learning more about writing and tutoring practices.
  • What you already know about the WRC and what specifically about the Center interests you.
  • Why you are interested in working one-on-one with UNC Charlotte’s writers.
  • Any relevant experience you have (not a requirement for the job)

Undergraduate Tutors

We hire undergraduate writing tutors from any discipline. Undergraduate tutors must be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior and complete a semester-long training course, WRDS 4402/ENGL 4400/5400: Theory & Practice of Tutoring Writing (described above). Undergraduate students can apply to tutor as a freshman, but will not begin tutoring until they are a Sophomore.

Graduate Tutors

We hire graduate writing tutors from any discipline. Graduate tutors must complete a semester-long training course, WRDS 4402/ENGL 4400/5400: Theory & Practice of Tutoring Writing (described above). Graduate students can apply to work hourly in the WRC and doctoral students/candidates can apply to be a Doctoral Writing Fellow (see below).

Doctoral Writing Fellowship

Doctoral Writing Fellows have a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in the Charlotte graduate student community. Dr. Lisa Russell-Pinson, Associate Teaching Professor of Writing in the Graduate School, and Dr. Katie Garahan, the Writing Resources Center Director, train and mentor Fellows in the development of graduate writing support programs, including one-to-one writing support sessions, writing groups, presentations, workshops, and retreats. Drs. Russell-Pinson and Garahan will also invite Fellows to engage in innovative writing research focused on graduate writer self-efficacy, international and multilingual student writing support, and writing program assessment. The Fellows’ work will have a positive impact on the graduate student experience at Charlotte, and Fellows themselves will benefit from improved communication and writing skills and increased professional skills related to teaching, learning, and effective collaboration. 

We are seeking doctoral students and candidates from STEM and social science fields who have strong writing and communication skills and wish to further refine these skills under the mentorship of Drs. Russell-Pinson and Garahan. We are particularly interested in hiring students with career goals related to science writing, grant writing, non-profit communication, and academic and educational publishing. This program prepares Fellows to be educational and cultural leaders with the skills to communicate with diverse audiences. Fellows can expect to gain valuable work experience through taking a leadership role at Charlotte, supporting the work of their fellow graduate students, and engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Compensation and benefits:

  • 20 hour/week assistantship 
  • Doctoral in-state tuition
  • Competitive doctoral stipend, based on the student’s program
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Shared office space

We are not currently recruiting new Doctoral Writing Fellows.

Graduate Assistantships in English

There are a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available for first-year English Master’s students. If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, please apply through the English department.