Professional Development

The English M.A. Program works closely with the Writing Program, the Writing Center, CNDLS, and other entities both on-and-off campus to help connect students with employment opportunities that frequently present themselves in the course of any given academic year (and even in the summer). The Academic Administrator shares these opportunities with students as they come up.

Below is a list of on-campus positions typically offered to English M.A. students.


WRITING PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Responsibilities may include:

  • Handling administrative needs of the Writing Program, including scheduling, announcements, etc.
  • Undertaking research and web-development projects designed to enhance the work of the Writing Program.
  • Tutoring graduate students and Continuing Studies students in the Writing Center—individualized 30- to 60-minute sessions for around 8 hours per week.
  • Some web skills are desirable.

Reports to Director of the Writing Program.


WRITING PROGRAM GRADUATE TUTOR

Responsibilities may include: 

  • Tutoring graduate students and Continuing Studies students in the Writing Center—individualized 30- to 60-minute sessions for around 8 hours per week.
  • Undertaking research and web-development projects designed to enhance the work of the
  • Writing Program (2 hours per week).
  • Participating in bi-weekly training sessions and staff meetings.

Reports to Directors of the Writing Center. 


WRITING CENTER COORDINATOR

Responsibilities may include:

  • Tutoring graduate students in the Writing Center—individualized 30- to 60-minute sessions for around 4-5 hours per week.
  • Using web and other skills to help professionalize the Center, through tracking of online appointment features and developing possibilities for online tutoring.
  • Holding administrative office hours in which you attend to Center business (e.g., coordinate class visits by the tutors to promote the Writing Center’s services; schedule tutor office hours; monitor undergraduate tutor attendance; arrange for substitute tutors when necessary; restock office supplies; read and tabulate student reports each week; match tutors up with special sections of ENGL 011 in fall and spring; assist with recruiting in the spring).
  • Scheduling graduate tutor office hours.
  • Coordinating and leading bi-weekly graduate training meetings.
  • Assisting with graduate orientations before classes begin in mid-late August.
  • Coordinating instructional workshops for specific groups (such as international students or thesis writers).
  • Reports to Directors of the Writing Center.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting core Writing faculty with developing and implementing writing-related programs serving the D.C. area; this might include collecting information, making contact with area schools and community organizations, promoting events, arranging facilities and materials for events, etc.
  • Recruit and coordinate other graduate students to participate in community outreach projects.
  • Tutoring graduate students and Continuing Studies students in the Writing Center—individualized 30- to 60-minute sessions for around 8 hours per week.

The Community Outreach Director reports to the Director of the Writing Program. 


WRITING ASSISTANT FOR COURSES IN OTHER DISCIPLINES

Graduate student assistants will provide support in implementing the writing-intensive dimension of first-year seminars in the McDonough School of Business during the fall semester only. Assistants will attend course meeting, hold office hours, conduct in-class workshops and work with faculty in other ways to support the writing-intensive dimension of courses.


WRITING TUTOR FOR ONLINE NURSING PROGRAM

A graduate student tutor will work with the NHS to provide writing support for distance students enrolled in an online graduate program in nursing. Comfort using new technology and willingness to study expectations for successful writing in NHS are essential.