Want to Become a Writing Tutor?

The Writing Center is looking for a few great writers to tutor in the Writing Center next semester. You'll be part of a wonderful group of peer tutors, help your peers to become better writers, improve your own writing skills, and earn a professional/academic reference after two semesters of tutoring. Plus, you'll gain valuable multicultural teaching experience that looks great on your résumé or grad school application.

Our tutors have gone on to graduate Binghamton University with honors and become Fulbright Scholars, gained admission to graduate programs at Columbia and NYU, and attended law school.

Students from all disciplines—science, engineering, humanities, business, health, and the arts—are encouraged to apply. If you are at least in the second semester of your sophomore year, carry at least a 3.0 GPA, enjoy working with people, and would like to gain valuable teaching education and experience, contact the Writing Center or submit the tutoring application. E-mail Paul Shovlin or call 607-777-6729.


By the time you begin tutoring, you must be a junior or senior who's maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.You must be a strong academic writer with a clear understanding of writing strategies and conventions.You must enjoy working with people, have a good sense of humor, and be friendly, flexible, and reliable.

A Few Details

New tutors enroll for 4 credit hours in WRIT 491, a two-part pass-fail practicum in college teaching. You may repeat the course once, for a total of two semesters of tutoring. In your second semester, you may choose to tutor for three-to-four hours per week, for 2 credit hours.

Part I: Tutors attend WRIT 491 Practicum in College Teaching, a 90-minute once-weekly class in theory and practice of Writing Center pedagogy. Activities include weekly readings, discussion of the tutoring experience, a daily reflective teaching journal or tutoring philosophy, and projects as assigned. Day and time are determined by the class schedules of those accepted into WRIT 491, but typically are Monday evenings. Returning tutors are required to attend some but not all of the weekly class meetings.

Part II: Tutors complete six-to-eight hours of tutoring in the Writing Center each week and work on Writing Center projects. Tutors receive their weekly tutoring schedule after the first week of classes. Tutors agree to abide by the expectations outlined in the Application to Become a Writing Center Tutor. All tutors must successfully complete six hours of orientation and training before becoming Writing Center tutors. Two-to-three of these hours are on the day before classes begin each semester. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the full course of orientation and training.

The Application Process

Complete the Application to Become a Tutor (pdf) and take it to secretary Barbara Zwick in the Writing Center in Library North 2411.Tutor candidates will be selected competitively according to Writing Center needs.

Questions? Please email Paul Shovlin

Last Updated: 8/31/16