Writing Fellows in your course
I want to work with a Writing Fellow in a course I’ll be teaching. What should I do?
First, please note the application deadlines:
- Apply by May 1 if you wish to work with a Writing Fellow in the following Fall semester.
- Apply by November 1 for the following Spring semester.
To apply, simply contact the University Writing Programs and let them know that you’re interested in working with a Fellow; please be prepared to discuss the details of your course with us as we follow up on your request. Our task will be to ensure that we have the resources to support your request and that your course would be a good fit for the program.
Finding a Writing Fellow: three steps
We can help you identify a graduate student who would make a good Writing Fellow in your course; however, it may be the case that you already have a potential candidate in mind. The best Fellows have good communication skills, should be easy to get along with, and should be responsible and reliable.
Once a potential Writing Fellow is identified, contact that student and invite him or her to be your Writing Fellow. Most faculty do this through email. When you contact the student, make sure to mention that Writing Fellows
- will have several consultation sessions with writing program personnel to help them to collaborate effectively with your students;
- are paid for their work (they work an average of 3-5 hours per week);
- gain valuable experience they can put on their resumes; and
- learn a lot about their own and others’ writing processes.
If the student is interested, you'll also want to contact your department chair about cost sharing with the Writing Programs. Graduate student Fellows make $600 per semester. The Writing Programs will pay for half of this cost. To participate in cost sharing, your department will need to make payment at least two weeks before the beginning of the semester in which you wish to work with a Writing Fellow.
Please contact your prospective Fellows and your department chair as early as possible in order to meet the May 1 deadline for Fall and the November 1 deadline for Spring. We recommend beginning the process a few weeks in advance of these deadlines.
After contacting the Writing Programs, identifying a Fellow and talking with your chair about cost sharing, the next step is to set up communication among yourself, your Fellow and the Writing Programs. A meeting should occur prior to the beginning of the semester you’ll be working with the Fellow; the goal of this meeting is to discuss your expectations and to work out the logistics of how the Fellow will be integrated into the course. Additionally, regular communication between you and your Fellow throughout the semester is essential to the success of the partnership.
Missed the Writing Fellows deadline or don't have access to Graduate Students?
You can arrange for help in your course by contacting the Connors Writing Center for classroom support. Please visit our resources for instructors page for support options. Finally, please feel free to contact us to plan for a future course.