Job No: 511753
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois
Title: Graduate Writing Success Mentor
Employee Classification: Graduate Asst Teaching
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Campus Location: Normal, IL
These GAs will work with faculty in writing-intensive courses and/or courses with high DFW rates (percentage of students that receive a "D", "F" or "W" grade) to ensure their successful completion of the course, and continued enrollment in the program. The Writing Success Mentors will receive targeted instructional training from CTLT at the start of each semester.
Many of our students struggle with their writing. Pervasive deficiencies include:
• Sentence structure (e.g., sentence fragments and run-on sentences)
• Organizational structure at the paragraph and essay-level (e.g., missing topic sentences, thesis statements, “jumping” among various main ideas)
• Ability to organize a paper around a central claim or argument, indeed an inability to generate a claim or an argument
• Ability to read for main ideas/critique main ideas and adapt these ideas for their own use in writing
• Ability to synthesize/integrate concepts from multiple texts to generate an original claim
• Ability to use citational practices effectively
Writing Success Mentor Objectives:
• Assist students with basic, mechanical and foundational writing skills to address the deficiencies noted above.
• Assist students with the successful completion of the specific assignments in the course to which they are assigned.
Assignment of Writing Success Mentors:
• Each GA (one for SOC and one for ANT) will be assigned to one or two writing intensive courses to allow them to work more directly with designated faculty members on specific written assignments.
• The course instructor will develop a system that requires students to utilize the Graduate Writing Success Mentor, rather than making it voluntary. According to CTLT experience, the most productive use is to have students visit the mentor more than once.
o For example: students receiving a non-passing grade by mid-semester or a non-passing grade on written work could be required to meet with the Writing Success Mentor to receive directed support to improve their work and ultimately reduce DFW rates and improve overall success in the course and program. All students in a class could also be required to meet with the mentor twice during the semester.
• Possible courses for SOC: 271, 270, 292, writing intensive electives with a high percentage of majors.
• Possible courses for ANT: 308, 380, 281, 382 writing intensive electives with a high percentage of majors.
Writing Success Mentors will not be copyeditors, nor do we intend to duplicate the services provided by the Visor Center. Rather, these mentors will be well-trained by CTLT to elicit discovery on the part of the student.
1. Eligible for appointment as per the requirements in the Graduate Assistant Handbook which can be found at http://hr.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/GA_Handbook.pdf
2. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
3. Must have at least applied to the Sociology or Anthropology Master's program at Illinois State University
4. For Teaching Assistant positions state law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.
$503 to $1,006
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You must be eligible for employment in the United States and at Illinois State University and/or for the number of hours required for the position.
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If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
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