Academic Writing Tutor

The Futureworks
10 Jun 2017
10 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Academic Writing Tutor



To tutor and teach students from all disciplines in Academic Writing
To engage with and promote the activities of CAW in order to contribute to the profile and growth of

Main Duties and Responsibilities

* You will be responsible for tutoring student-writers one-to-one and in small groups. This tutoring will require you to use your professional judgement to gauge the writing development needs of each tutee and to prioritise and offer formative feedback on student assignments as well as guidance on related issues such as writing processes, argumentation and grammar.

* You will be responsible for developing Academic Writing handouts and other paper-based and online teaching materials/learning resources.

* You will teach seminars and workshops on Academic Writing to Coventry University students. This teaching does not involve holding office hours for students or marking assignments.

* You will contribute to researching, developing, implementing, and monitoring the work of CAW's online writing centre: the Coventry Online Writing Lab (COWL). This work may include: synchronous and asynchronous online writing tutorials, live and pre-recorded writing workshops, an 'Ask the Writing Tutor' facility, and other evolving online provision to support student writers.

* You will contribute to CAW research projects on Academic Writing by promoting the involvement of student-writers in particular projects and by assisting the Head of CAW and CAW Lecturers in data-gathering and analysis.

* You will engage in professional development and contribute to the development of CAW's tutoring pedagogy and tutoring resources collection by keeping up-to-date with current theory and literature on Academic Writing tutoring pedagogies, face-to-face and online.

* You will assist in the training and mentoring of Professional Writing Tutors and Student Peer Tutors in CAW

* You will adhere to and have input into shaping the administrative and record-keeping procedures that support the teaching and tutoring of writing in CAW.

* You will attend and contribute to CAW staff meetings and staff development sessions.

* You will contribute to publicising CAW; for example, by giving 5-minute oral presentations about CAW in seminars/lectures.

* In the absence of the CAW reception staff, you will greet students and staff who visit CAW and assist them in booking appointments for tutorials or with other queries.

AND such other duties as are within the scope and spirit of the job purpose, the title of the post and its grading.



Qualifications - Essential

Good master's level degree or equivalent


Higher degree or qualification in Academic Writing, Linguistics, English, or Composition and Rhetoric.
A teaching qualification
A teaching qualification in EFL/EAP
A qualification in Dyslexia Support


(Paid and Unpaid)

Experience of teaching or tutoring writing and/or language in a HE institution in the UK or another English speaking country.
Experience of developing resources using IT and digital technologies


Experience of teaching and of one-to-one tutoring, both face-to-face and online.
Experience in teaching EFL/EAP.
Experience of working with students with Dyslexia.
Experience of working with students with physical disabilities.
Experience of carrying out research (including scholarly synthesis, study design, data-gathering, data analysis, and reporting).
Experience of carrying out research into Academic Writing.

Job-related skills


Excellent speaking and writing skills.
An understanding of the writing requirements of different disciplines and writing genres.


Familiarity with literature on Academic Writing, including theories and pedagogies for tutoring writing online.
Experience of writing and teaching a variety of genres: e.g. essays, business reports, scientific reports, case studies, reflective accounts, practice reports, project reports, undergraduate dissertations, and postgraduate dissertations and theses.

Interpersonal Skills

Able to listen and respond effectively to student-writers
Able to liaise effectively with students from a wide range of disciplines
Able to work as an effective team member
Able to work independently and demonstrate individual initiative
Able to respond appropriately to student-writers through speaking and writing in an online conferencing environment.

Other Requirements

Able to work flexibly, to include evenings and weekends.


Experience of using and developing paper-based and electronic/online learning resources and teaching materials