Application for Studio Assistant position at the Research & Writing Studio


Submit your application by completing the form below. Completed applications are due by 11am on Monday, April 22nd.

Please contact the Research & Writing Studio with any questions. (email: rws@wwu.edu)

Studio Assistant Position Description & Application, 2019-2020

Position Overview

Studio Assistants facilitate innovative, strategy-based learning experiences for visitors in person and online to support growth in research, reading, writing, and other skills needed to navigate the challenges of student life and beyond. Studio Assistants also continuously develop their own new academic and leadership skills over time and contribute to the ongoing development of the Studio’s mission and practices.

Responsibilities

Facilitate Learning (40%)

  • Justice: Integrate learning & action for equity and social justice into all facets of Studio work
  • In-Person: Consult with Studio visitors by offering strategies and creating practice opportunities across multiple short interactions
  • Online: Provide strategy-based support to distance learners online using methods such as chat and screencasts
  • Specialized: Develop additional skills to support a wide range of learning situations, including workshop support, long-term partners, and group work

Build a Learning Community (40%)

  • Invitational Learning: Actively greet and get to know all visitors personally, seeking to connect them to new experiences, ideas, and opportunities inside and outside of the Studio
  • Collective Leadership: Actively coordinate, delegate, and reflect on tasks with coworkers
  • Shift Management: Maintain high awareness of what is happening in the physical and online Studio; quickly mobilize coworkers to respond to visitor needs
  • Space Management: Maintain welcoming learning space by frequently reorganizing furniture and supplies
  • Events: Represent the Studio at events for new and returning students

Participate in Ongoing Professional Development (20%)

  • Initial Training: Commit to 4 hours per week of paid training in your first quarter, and two hours per week in your second quarter
  • Ongoing Training: Continue to participate in roughly 1 hour per week of ongoing paid training
  • Quarterly Assessment: Reflect on your growing practices by completing a quarterly assessment portfolio
  • Research & Travel: Conduct research on Studio practices and present at professional conferences (optional)

Benefits

  • Flexible work schedule
    • First Two Quarters: ~8-10 hours per week (including work shifts and paid training)
    • Future Quarters: ~5-10 hours per week (flexible depending on preference and specialization)
  • Pay that starts at $13.50 per hour: opportunities for greater responsibility and higher pay after the first year
  • Professional development in communication, teaching, and leadership skills highly desired by future employers
  • Opportunities to conduct, present, and publish undergraduate research
  • A lively, intellectually-engaged community of peer and professional coworkers
  • Your coolness increases by approximately 612.3% (results may vary)

Qualifications

  • Communicate well with others; enjoy learning and helping others learn
  • Be an undergraduate student taking at least 6 credits each quarter next year
  • Demonstrate willingness to engage with others on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrate interest and growing skills (but not mastery) in reading, research, and writing
  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, be from a certain major, have a certain GPA, or be an upper division student

Contact Information


Academic Information

If undecided or undeclared, please put a major you're interested in.
If undecided or undeclared, please put a minor you're interested in.
For Fairhaven students, put "Fairhaven"
A reference could be faculty/staff at Western, a current Studio Assistant, a coach or mentor in your life, etc.
We require all new hires to take part in in-depth professional development on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm - 6:00pm during Fall Quarter. Will you be able to attend?

Financial Aid Information

See http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/studentjobs/students/resources/ws_faq.php for more information. Work Study not required for employment.

Resume & Writing Sample

Please upload an up-to-date resume that includes relevant educational, work, and volunteer experiences. If you don't have a resume, come to the Research & Writing Studio and we'll help you write one!
Files must be less than 16 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Please upload a research-based writing sample, preferably something that demonstrates your ability to understand and use sources, organize ideas, and make a main claim (aka a thesis). We think of writing broadly; we also accept presentations, posters, podcasts, or other multi-modal compositions. If your file does not upload or if you have a question about whether or not to include a certain writing sample, please contact Pippa.Hemsley@wwu.edu.
Files must be less than 16 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx mov mp3 wav.

Short Answer Essays

We value the ability to reflect on writing as much as the writing itself. Please show us your reflective thinking by writing a “cover letter” introducing us to the writing sample you just uploaded above. Include reflection about your thesis, organization, evidence, and anything else that will help us understand how you make decisions as a researcher/writer.
Describe an academic or personal project in which you evaluated ideas from multiple sources to reach a new conclusion about something important. (Sources might include formal and informal sources: articles, people, videos, experiences, etc.) What process did you go through to learn about the topic? What would you do the same and differently next time you do this kind of research?
We’ve all had times when we wish we had said or done something about injustice or inequity. Please describe how you hope to engage with others on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Include a specific example to illustrate your approach. You can use a real example from your own experiences, or create an imaginary scenario. Describe how you would respond and why. With this question, we are hoping to get a sense of the emerging skills and knowledge you have about interacting with others that would help you support justice and equity as a member of the Studio.
Please describe a time when you supported someone’s learning process (you can choose an example about learning for any skill, not just academic skills). What did you do and why? If you thought it could have gone better, what would you do differently next time to make that happen?