Application: McDougal Writing Fellows and Writing Consultants at the Graduate Writing Lab
This is an outstanding opportunity for you to become an expert on academic writing and communication and to develop your teaching, mentoring, leadership, and administrative skills. Students who work in the Graduate Writing Lab become more competitive candidates for academic, publishing, editing, administration, and writing center positions.

The Graduate Writing Lab (GWL) has two teams of Graduate students: McDougal Writing Fellows and Graduate Writing Consultants.

McDougal Writing Fellows plan, organize, and lead academic writing workshops, coordinate writing groups including Dissertation Boot Camps and Study Halls, and develop academic writing resources. McDougal Writing Fellows are trained in May, August and throughout the academic year and are provided resources during the workshop preparation process.

Graduate Writing Consultants lead individual writing consultations and facilitate small (4-6 people) peer-review groups. They provide feedback to the students' writing and discuss strategies to make their writing better. In addition, Graduate Writing Consultants assist McDougal Writing Fellows with writing events and writing retreats. Writing Consultants are trained and participate in biweekly discussion sessions to improve their consultation skills.

To learn more about the positions or to talk to the current McDougal Writing Fellows & Writing Consultants, come to the GWL information session:

Tuesday, April 4th, at 12:30-1:30pm
CTL M104A, 301 York St.

Please pre-register for this session through the following link:

- Applicants must be full-time Ph.D. students, registered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in good standing for the 2017-2018 academic year.

- Preference is given to students in years 3 through 5 of their degree program and who are interested in working in the Graduate Writing Lab for more than one year.

- All applicants must be in residence in the New Haven area for the academic year of their appointment.

- All selected candidates are required to participate in the group training during the third week of May, end of August, and in weekly training sessions throughout the academic year.

- The work load averages to about 5-7 hours per week.

- Selected candidates will be paid $22/hour.

1. Excellent written communication and academic writing skills.

2. Interest in enhancing public speaking and teaching skills.

3. Experience in making presentations for small and large audiences.

4. Teaching and/or tutoring experience; teaching writing-focused classes is not required but is a plus.

5. Exceptional organizational skills; experience in organizing small-scale and large-scale events (for the McDougal Fellow position).

6. Ability to create flyers, advertising blurbs, and other publicizing materials (for the McDougal Fellow Position).

7. Ability to work one-on-one on longer projects (for the Writing Consultant position).

8. Proficiency with English grammar (for the Writing Consultant position).

9. Experience in writing and publishing academic work, as well as submitting fellowships or grants.

10. Proficiency with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Excel; experience using video conference software Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

11. Interest in interdisciplinary topics.

12. Ability to work as part of a team.

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Positions in the Graduate Writing Laboratory are very competitive, but we are happy to consider your application for different openings:
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Please send a copy of your CV and a one-page letter of interest to Director of the Graduate Writing Lab, Elena Kallestinova, at <>. Your letter should explain why you wish to become a Graduate Writing Fellow or Consultant and describe your experiences that have prepared you for this position.
Thank you for your application to the Graduate Writing Lab!
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