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Writing Placement Advisor

Job responsibilities will include the following:

  • Attending training sessions to become familiar with the self-informed writing placement survey and learning to evaluate student writing samples, as well as advising students on selecting WRT 105 or 105E.
  • Handling incoming phone calls from students who have questions about placement, or about WRT 105 or 105E.
  • Retrieving, reading, and commenting on students' writing samples. Some students will submit a timed writing sample via Blackboard as part of the self-informed writing placement survey.
  • Contacting, via telephone, students who have completed the sample to advise them about their writing class options. (Because most students will likely register for their writing classes during the mid-June to late-July pre-registration period, much of this reading will take place from mid-June through late July. However, we will continue to read students' writing samples and advise them in a limited capacity throughout the summer.)
  • Assisting with the keeping of records for students participating in the placement survey.

The pay is $18 an hour, and candidates will be chosen based in part on their availability for all aspects of the process, including the availability to be "on call" in the event of unexpectedly high volumes of student writing samples. Candidates who are hired will be guaranteed at least five hours/week during the busiest time frame (mid-June to late July), with the potential for more hours. After pre-registration begins, hours will be more limited.

If you're interested in this position, please submit applications via email to: Matthew Bayne (, placement coordinator, no later than June 30th.

Please include a brief letter of interest detailing what you would bring to the position, as well as an updated CV.

We expect to hire between one to three placement advisors.

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please consider coming by the information session on Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in the conference room in Rush Rhees G-121. You may also email with any questions you might have regarding the position.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

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