Required Qualifications for Potential UWF Writing Lab Assistants

  • Be a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled during the semester(s) in which you plan to work
  • Submit an application and skills survey form
  • Participate in the Interview Process, which includes the following four components:
    • A Q&A session with the Lab Director, Lab Managers, and selected Lab assistants
    • A Tutoring/Grammar Presentation that requires you to plan and present a 30-minute lesson on one of the assigned Skills of the Week (the Lab Director will inform you of which skill you need to prepare for.)
    • A Paper Reading Simulation in which you play the role of a paper reader and interact with a Lab assistant or the Lab Director about a paper’s format, content, and mechanics
    • A Timed Writing Sample
  • Be available for Writing Lab Orientation the week before Fall semester begins.
  • Be available for follow-up training (grammar sessions and tutoring techniques) every Monday morning of each fall semester from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Be available to work at least 10 hours a week, in blocks of no fewer than three consecutive hours
  • Be proficient in the use of standard written and spoken English.  This proficiency includes intuitive knowledge of English grammar and other English language skills
  • Have excellent proofreading and editing skills (but of course not be as good as an experienced Writing Lab assistant)
  • Score 80% or better on the Writing Lab’s Diagnostic Test
  • Be able to make oral presentations using visual aids
  • Have good computer skills, especially proficiency in the use of MS Word
  • Be able to interact well with individuals and groups
  • Be willing to work in a structured environment of processes and procedures, where you are a student-employee and not just a student
  • Be able to produce a well-written, clearly organized, and carefully edited paper, as will be demonstrated by your Timed Writing Sample
  • Be able to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better

Preferred Qualifications for Potential UWF Writing Lab Assistants

  • Be able to grasp new grammatical concepts
  • Be available to work some evenings and weekends
  • Be able to make oral presentations using visual aids, such as MS PowerPoint
  • Be able to read other students’ papers face-to-face and/or online continuously for three to four hours
  • Have basic knowledge of MLA, APA, and/or Turabian documentation styles
  • Have good computer skills, especially in the use of MS Word
  • Be able to work independently without supervision
  • Have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality in your courses