Writing Center

Becoming a Writing Tutor



  • Tutoring a wide range of students, including international and graduate students, from across the college, approximately 10 hours a week, to help them gain independence as writers
  • Maintain the Writing Center as a welcoming space for all
  • Visiting classes to promote use of the Writing Center


  • Solid academic standing and strong writing abilities, particularly in expository genres
  • Successful completion of Academic Writing I, Inquiry, Research, and Writing Across the Disciplines, Introduction to the Essay, or Ithaca Seminar in Writing; sophomore standing. Students need not be majors or minors, but additional writing courses beyond the 100-level, especially Argument, are preferred.
  • Strong commitment to helping other students become more effective writers
  • Personal qualities conducive to one-on-one conferences, including a friendly, approachable manner; patience; good listening abilities; and a sense of maturity and responsibility


The Writing Center will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2016 semester on Monday, February 14. All applications must be turned in to the Writing Center by 5 pm on March 21.

Pick up an application in the Writing Center (Smiddy 107) or download it from Documents at your left. A completed application will include a detailed letter of intent, a résumé, and two expository writing samples, preferably with sources. Applications may be turned in at Smiddy 107 or emailed to Professor Thomas Girshin at tgirshin@ithaca.edu. The strongest candidates will then be asked to complete a series of exercises and to schedule an interview.

New tutors will be required to take a 1-credit peer tutoring course during their first semester of tutoring.

For additional information, contact:

Tom Girshin, Smiddy 425, 274-3516, tgirshin@ithaca.edu













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