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We are now reviewing applications for Spring 2018!

Open positions include undergraduate, graduate, veteran (Tutor Corps), and Round Rock tutors. 

Job Description

Help others improve as writers!

Become a Writing Center tutor in San Marcos.  Tutors support writers in a variety of majors and through all stages of writing, including brainstorming, organization, and grammar.  We are looking for good writers and communicators who can explain writing to people from a variety of majors. 

Becoming a tutor will strengthen your own writing and communications skills. It is great opportunity for aspiring teachers and professors to gain instructional experience. 

All tutors will be assigned to at least one team: media, social media, webcam, essay contest, PUG (punctuation, usage, and grammar), and/or workshops. Tutors who complete 2 levels of training and serve well on a team have opportunities for leadership and promotion. Each of these assignments helps build experiences of interest to future employers!

We are currently looking to fill a variety of roles: 

  • 3-4 sophomores or juniors who plan to return next academic year
  • 2-3 graduate tutors (current graduate students or seniors who plan to enroll in a graduate program beginning AY17-18)
  • 3-4 Veterans of the Armed Forces


Successful candidates have a commitment to helping others improve. They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a B or better in ENG 1310 and ENG 1320, and a B or better in all writing intensive classes.

We hire all majors from all levels and from a variety of skill sets.  We especially encourage you to apply if you have the following skills or backgrounds:

  • majoring in communications, history, philosophy, sciences, criminal justice, or health administration;
  • familiar with writing styles and guides for AP, APA, ASA, Chicago, and Turabian;
  • familiar with ASL;
  • multilingual, especially Spanish;
  • able to advise on application materials (job search, scholarships, graduate school), theses, and/ or publications;
  • tutoring or pedagogical experience, particularly in writing;
  • understanding of how people learn, particularly how they learn to write; and
  • a score of 80 or above on the PUG Exam.

If you have one or more of these, mention it in your application materials.

For undergraduate students, preference will be given to sophomores and juniors. We prefer that you completed ENG 1310 and 1320 at Texas State University (because that is about 40% of our writers). We are also looking to develop tutors who might return for a second year in a leadership position. 

For graduate students, preference will be given to those who have written a thesis, conducted a lengthy research study, or who are thesis track.


Successful candidates will have writing sample(s) that exemplify good academic writing (8-25 pages), a compelling letter of application, and strong professional recommendations, preferably from faculty members and/or professionals who know your writing and ability to work with others. The application should speak to an interest and ability to serve as a tutor and on at least one of the teams. It should also address any of the needed skill sets or background experiences when applicable. 

Fill out an application at Jobs4Cats 

When creating your application packet in Handshake through Jobs4Cats, include the following:

  • a completed Employment Application Form (attached to the job advertisement),
  • a letter of application addressed to Director Balzhiser and Assistant Director Fitzgerald,
  • a résumé or curriculum vita,
  • an introduction to your academic writing sample that tells us the purpose of the assignment(s) and how you met the expectations,
  • your academic writing sample(s) (8-25 pages), and 
  • an unofficial transcript.

Ask your references to fill out the Recommendation for Employment form at our website.

In the online application, you are asked to list two references outside of friends and family (such as teachers, employers, and coaches) who can speak to your tutoring or writing abilities. Please list those references and ask them to fill out the Recommendation for Employment form.

You will need to send your references this link:

Next Steps

We hope to complete as many interviews as possible during Summer Session 1. Interviewees will meet with 1-4 people and be asked to respond to a sample paper (approximately 45 minutes) and to take a punctuation, usage, and grammar exam (up to 1 hour).