How to apply for Writing Program positions

The unified applications process for Lectors, Interns, and Tutors

Our next application season begins in Winter quarter, and the 2018 application will be posted at the end of the Autumn quarter. The application deadline is Monday, February 12th, 2018 by 1:00pm

If you'd like to familiarize yourself with the application process and learn more about our jobs, please join us for one of our information sessions!

Autumn Quarter Early Bird Info Session: Applying to Work for the Writing Program

Monday, December 4 at 12:00pm
Writing Program Office (located on the third floor of Harper in the Cathey Learning Center)

You may also find it useful to look over the 2017 application (below). 

The Writing Program Application

Materials you'll ask someone else to submit by email:

  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your teaching or your potential as a teacher. We ask letter writers to send recommendations by email to writing-program@uchicago.edu by February 12.

Materials you'll submit to our web site:

  • A personal statement. (A form is included in our application packet).  Please let us know about your teaching experience, editing experience, writing experience, approach to writing, and/or anything else you think relevant. 
  • A 10-page sample of your own writing  If you have only longer articles, please cut them.  If you are submitting an excerpted sample, please include your introduction and a coherent section. Attach to your sample our cover sheet, which asks you to reflect on and evaluate your own work (form included in the application packet).  To preserve the anonymity of this portion of your application, please remove your name from both the sample and the cover sheet.  
  • comment on a student paper. The student paper is included in our Application Packet. Please take no more than an hour to write your comments.

Once your application materials are prepared, please submit them here.  

What if you're away from campus and wish to apply?
Remote applications: if you're not on campus this quarter, you may still apply, using the procedure described above.  If you are invited to an interview, we can arrange an interview by Skype or FaceTime.   

What we look for in our applicants

In general: We're not interested in technical knowledge about language or composition. It's no great advantage to have taken any of our courses. We're more interested in how you approach the task of teaching writing. 

With regard to the paper comment: We'll ask you to pretend you're writing to the author of the paper, NOT to us. We're interested in how you engage with the writer, and the way you use the paper comment as an opportunity to teach the writer something about writing.

With regard to the writing sample: We'd like to see a ten-page (double spaced) sample of expository prose directed toward an academic or professional audience. If your available writing samples are longer than ten pages, please select a section that includes the introduction.

With regard to the letter of recommendation: It's less important to get a letter from someone who can speak to the quality of your scholarly work than it is to get a letter evaluating the way you interact in a classroom. If you have no previous teaching experience, ask someone who has seen you participate in a class, seminar, or workshop. The letter does not have to be from a member of the University of Chicago faculty, so if you have teaching experience at another institution, a letter from a faculty member there may be best.