WID Graduate Assistants and Peer Writing Preceptors

Writing in the Disciplines employs graduate students as WID graduate assistants (GAs) and undergraduate students as peer writing preceptors (PWPs), who serve as peer coaches to fellow students.

 


WID Graduate Assistants

Each semester, the WID program provides funding for WID faculty to hire students to assist with the writing component of their WID courses. WID Graduate Assistants (WID GAs) are advanced master’s or doctoral students in the faculty member’s home department or a related department who are paid a salary to grade papers, read drafts and meet with students to discuss their writing.

Additional information on graduate assistants is provided on the CCAS website.

Faculty members and GAs together draw up a written agreement that lists duties, estimates labor per task and articulates expectations for classroom support.

WID GA duties may include:

  • Assisting in evaluating and grading the writing in the course (Note: WID GAs are not primarily graders. Fifty percent or less of their time may be spent grading, and GAs will do less than 50 percent of the overall grading for the course.)
  • Co-designing writing assignment staging, language and scaffolding materials
  • Designing and directing peer review assignments and meetings
  • Leading occasional writing/topic workshops during a lecture section
  • Holding office hours to consult with individual students
  • Locating and preparing materials or activities that are relevant to the writing assignments
  • Leading writing/topic workshops in discussion sections (if the course is structured this way)

To qualify, the course must enroll a minimum of 25 WID students (which means the cap should be set at 30 or more).

WID matches the CCAS salary bands for course-by-course GA hires, based on the number of enrolled students in WID course sections.

The WID program trains all new WID GAs during a required two-day workshop in August or in January, depending on the term of appointment. All GAs at GW also must complete GTAP training before they begin their first teaching assignment.

If you are interested in requesting WID GA support for your WID course, fill out the online WID Graduate Assistant Request Form, which is updated twice a year.

Faculty may nominate specific graduate students with whom they wish to work. To do so, please provide the candidate’s name, email and GWID as part of the submission.

Deadlines to Request a WID GA

  • Fall courses: April 15
  • Spring and summer courses: Nov. 1

If you are being nominated by a faculty member or are interested in applying for a WID GA position, please fill out the online WID Graduate Assistant Application Form during the hiring windows listed in this section.

Please note that most WID GA positions are recruited through individual faculty, so we encourage you to reach out to faculty teaching WID courses you would be interested in working with. We are sometimes able to match WID GAs with faculty who have open requests, sometimes across departments. Please complete the form in either case.

Recruitment Windows for WID GAs

  • Fall courses: March 1–May 15
  • Spring and summer courses: Oct. 1–Nov. 15

 


Peer Writing Preceptors

Peer writing preceptors (PWPs) are outstanding undergraduate students with a strong interest in writing and the ability to provide informal coaching and feedback to their fellow undergraduates. The position offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to work closely with a faculty mentor and gain teaching experience.

  • Work up to 10 hours per week (as established at time of appointment)
  • Provide responses and suggestions for improvements on student writing
  • Review outlines and rough drafts for coherence, clarity of purpose, argument, etc.
  • Lead peer review meetings

Note: PWPs are not permitted to do any formal grading.

Salary matches those established by CCAS, depending on the number of students enrolled and hours expected.

Preceptors are nominated by their professor and serve in courses in which they themselves have excelled. WID faculty interested in appointing a PWP must fill out the online WID Peer Writing Preceptor Request Form by the deadline. WID can hire PWPs only for WID courses with at least 18 WID students enrolled at time of appointment.

Request Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 15 of the previous semester
  • Spring semester: Dec. 1 of the previous semester