Opportunities at Ashland University

Writing Assistant for the Writing Center:

Writing Assistants are sophomore, junior and senior students who are skilled writers and represent a variety of majors/minors and core courses. They are hired upon recommendation from professors, and work in the Writing Center as writing advisors for courses they have completed. WAs share strategies on how to read and synthesize a text, take notes, outline, gather information, cite sources and craft papers. Best of all, WAs are voices of experience, able and willing to guide all writers through the process of developing papers for courses across the curriculum. WAs also serve as lab assistants for English 110, a one hour credit taken concurrently with English I and II. 

Student Worker for the MFA Program Summer Residency: 

This is an excellent opportunity for students considering graduate studies in creative writing. Students will be exposed to the atmosphere of a low-residency graduate program, meet esteemed writers in creative nonfiction and poetry and listen to experts in both genres give lectures on craft. Students will also learn about some aspects of publishing and editing from other guest writers and will build a network of relationships with faculty, graduate students and visiting writers. 

As a student worker for the MFA program’s summer residency, responsibilities include:

  • Student works will escort students, faculty and visiting writers to and from the Cleveland International Airport and potentially Akron-Canton or Columbus Airports, as needed. Students will also transport students and faculty as needed to various destinations throughout the residency. Student workers will be covered under university insurance and will drive rental vehicles. Student workers may be required to fill up rental vehicles as needed. 
  • Student workers will assist the Administrative Director in providing services for faculty and students, such as making copies, delivering supplies to classrooms, preparing packets and mailings, carrying books and other miscellaneous tasks. 
  • Student workers will assist with book sales at readings and craft seminars and ensure that books are cared for appropriately throughout the residency. 
  • Student workers will help with student check-in and check-out. 
  • Student workers will sit in on thesis defense sessions to assist chairs of defense committees and to collect signature pages for thesis submissions. 

The student worker should expect to work from 8:30 a.m.-noon with the Administrative Director, attend afternoon craft seminars from 1-2:30 p.m., report to the administrative director at 2:30 p.m. for additional afternoon responsibilities and attend evening reading presentations, being available each evening to transport writers back to the hotel. While the mid-residency weekend will be less intensive, students are expected to remain on-campus as needed.

Student workers will dine on-campus with the MFA program for lunch and dinner. These meals will be provided. Breakfast is on your own.