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GSA Writing Advisor Position

May 24, 2014 12:04 AM
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Office of Graduate Student Life


The Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL) is operated by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to meet the needs of graduate students as they pursue degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels in all disciplines at UMBC

Job Duties:
• Provides advice and support for all phases of graduate student writing and  Oral assignments, including organization, drafting, and editing
• Assists graduate students with using grammar, sentence structure, and style appropriate for each academic task
• Advises graduate students on a variety of documents, including essays, papers, applications, resumes, thesis & dissertation chapters
• Maintains relationships with repeat advisees and meet the needs of one-time advisees
• Supports both native and non-native speakers of English, as well as students from a variety of disciplines
• In addition to individual sessions, the Writing Advisor is responsible for conducting a yearly writing workshop for UMBC’s Promise Success Seminar series. A familiarity with various style guides is helpful
• Attend weekly OGSL team meetings, monthly Senate meetings, GSA Social Hours, Graduate Student Week events, the Graduate Research Conference, and Graduate School sponsored events
• Collaborate with the OGSL team & GSA Executive Board to implement GSA’s mission
• Staff the GSA Office 20 hours a week and attend to miscellaneous office work when necessary
• Knowledgeable of the Graduate Student Handbook, The Graduate School & GSA policies
• Conduct occasional workshops on writing strategies relevant to graduate work (cover letter writing, citation use, essay prose, etc.)
• Promote Writing Advisor role and services to UMBC graduate community
• Update, maintain and advertise Writing Advisor website content

Qualifications & Requirements:
• Strong interpersonal, analytical, oral and written communication skills required
• A strong command of English, written composition and metalinguistic knowledge is critical
• Commitment to diversity & team building necessary to work with UMBC’s diverse population and programming
• Bachelor’s degree, full-time enrollment in a UMBC master’s or doctoral degree program & be in good academic standing with The Graduate School
• Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree or have UMBC adjunct faculty status
• Applicants may not be nominated/hold a position on the GSA Executive Board
• Independent and self-motivated work ethic crucial
• Essential to be able to work independently and as a part of a team
• A positive attitude, superior time management skills, patience & a sense of humor are advantageous

• Appointment runs from August 10. 2014 - June 13. 2015
• Full time stipend
• Up to ten (10) credits of tuition remission per semester
• GA Health Care coverage is offered
Please Follow Application Instructions Carefully – Your Application Will Not Be
Reviewed Unless ALL Materials Are Submitted

Electronically submit:

• Your resume in PDF
• Your unofficial UMBC transcripts if already an enrolled UMBC graduate student OR official
transcripts of other universities attended if a newly admitted UMBC graduate student
• Application letter in PDF
• Contact information for faculty reference (Name, Title, Address, Email, Phone)

• 3 Various Writing Samples in PDF to:
Jenness E. Hall, Ph.D., PCC, ORSCC
Executive Director, GSA
The Commons 308
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