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.
Consultants begin by taking our training course, English 493, to study effective consulting strategies. 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 493: Our Writing Consultant Training Courses
All undergraduate consultants take English 493. The courses meets at its designated weekly meeting times 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 493.
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 and attentive to all the writers. Also, student should work to adopt the best practices of consulting as those are introduced by the Faculty in Writing Services.
After completing the training course, 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.