Call for Applications (Rising 2Ls) – Writing Center Writing Fellow

Dr. Dunham Smith and Professor Wilson are seeking applications from rising second-year students for a writing fellow position in the Writing Center.  The position is for the 2017-2018 academic year, with the possibility of renewal for 2018-2019.  The position description and application procedures follow.

The Writing Center is a resource center open exclusively to students enrolled in Legal Methods.  The primary responsibility of a writing fellow is to hold writing conferences with first-year students who are working on research and writing assignments for Legal Methods.  During a writing conference, a writing fellow will listen to the writer’s questions, critically read the writer’s text or examine the writer’s drafting plans, discuss the effectiveness of the text’s structure and language, instruct the writer on correct citation form, identify errors in the text’s grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, help the writer create a revision strategy, and address any remaining concerns the writer may convey.  Additional responsibilities of a writing fellow include attending Writing Center training, writing a sample closed memorandum, participating in the preparation and presentation of writing workshops, maintaining Writing Center records, and completing Writing Center projects.

The successful candidate will be a strong writer, will have succeeded in Legal Methods, will possess a solid understanding of English grammar and punctuation, will know how to correctly create citations for legal memoranda and legal briefs, will be able to critically read text and identify areas needing revision, will express himself or herself confidently, and will be able to encourage and support student writers with kindly delivered recommendations.  Each applicant should submit the following materials by email to Dr. Dunham Smith (mdsmith2@memphis.edu) and Professor Wilson (jlwlson2@memphis.edu) on or before February 20: (i) a cover letter expressing interest in the position and indicating whether the applicant would be interested in serving as a writing fellow for two years; (ii) a résumé; and (iii) a writing sample.

The writing fellow will be expected to work a total of 260 hours over the fall and spring semesters.  Preliminary training may occur during the summer of 2017.  The writing fellow will be compensated with a $5,000 stipend for the work performed.

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