Who Can Become a Consultant
Our consultants come from a variety of majors. Consulting is an excellent way to serve the broader SLU community while gaining additional writing, communication, and professional experience.
Most consultants begin by taking our primary training course, English 3890, to study effective consulting strategies. Honors students can take Honors 4810. The training courses are open to all students who have successfully completed an intensive writing course and are interested in learning more about writing while helping others.
English 3890 and Honors 4810: Our Writing Consultant Training Courses
All undergraduate consultants take English 3930 or Honors 4810. These courses meet regularly for the first four weeks. During the fifth week students schedule two additional hours to consultant during weeks four through fifteen of the semester and the course meets for one hour less a week. Students are also mentored by experienced consultants while they are enrolled in English 3890 or Honors 4810.
Students receive a grade at the end of the semester that assesses their academic work for the course, as well as their professional commitment to consulting. Professionally, consultants are expected to be on time, respectful of students and faculty, supportive or all writers and attentive the needs of others. Also, students should work to adopt the best practices of consulting as introduced by the Faculty in University Writing Services.
After completing one of the training courses, consultants are eligible to apply for a staff position. We have both volunteer and paid staff positions. University Writing Services can usually hire six to nine new consultants each year. Staff consultants work several hours per week. Paid staff consultants continue their professional development by meeting with other consultants and Writing Services Faculty.