Become a Writing Associate

The Writing Associates Program, part of the Podis Fellowship in Writing Pedagogy

Students interested in becoming a Writing Associate must take the RHET 401/ENGL 399 course, Teaching and Tutoring Writing Across the Disciplines.

This course introduces students to theories and pedagogies of writing and speaking, collaborative learning, principles of universal design, disciplinary writing, and the politics of writing and speaking in the realm of education. The class is open to sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors from any major, and we encourage students who are empathetic and personable communicators to apply.

Writing Associates are intellectually curious, thrive in collaborative and conversational environments, and enjoy engaging with their peers and reflecting on their own writing. Writing Associates are also committed to actively sparking and participating in conversations about writing and speaking center theory and practice.

Writing Associates engage in a variety of writing- and speaking-related activities that may include but are not limited to:

  • Serving in the Writing Center each week beginning the semester you are enrolled in RHET401.
  • Conducting one-on-one sessions in the Writing Center.
  • Partnering with a course as a Course Writing Associate to assist writing writing pedagogy in a discipline-specific setting.
  • Participating in professional development workshops.
  • Engaging in an on-going writing partnership with a student for a semester.
  • Developing and leading workshops on speaking, writing, presenting, and communication.

Professor Laurie McMillin will offer this course in Fall 2021; reach out to her for an application at

Questions? Contact:

Professor Laurie McMillin, Director of the Writing Program
Professor Cortney Smith, Rhetoric and Composition
Leo Ross, Writing Associates Fellow