Become a WID Graduate Research Assistant

Writing in the Disciplines (WID) provides various supports for faculty as they navigate teaching and incorporating writing in their disciplinary courses. To keep materials, workshops, and resources current, WID constantly examines and incorporates knowledge on recurring and new teaching topics. Each year, WID hires two graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as research assistants who support this work. Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) conduct a variety of research tasks to support WID programming in academic writing and pedagogy.


In addition to a tuition scholarship for up to 9 credits per semester, a standard graduate stipend and health insurance (new tab), working at WID helps graduate students to develop many transferable skills around research, software, time management, collaboration, communications, and more. GRAs also learn about the inner workings of academia and teaching. The staff at WID work to provide a supportive and collegial environment a look forward to working with WID GRAs each year.


The WID GRA positions are full-time (20 hours per week) for the academic year. Graduate students who are enrolled in 9-credits per semester within the College of Arts and Sciences and are available both fall and spring semester, are eligible to apply. Experience with word processing, scholarly and internet-based researching, and/or writing tutoring is helpful; however, we are willing to train the right candidate. Candidates with an interest in pedagogy, writing, or teaching may find this work particularly interesting. Candidates should be able to receive feedback and work both independently and collaboratively.

WID GRA Tasks and Responsibilities

The main responsibility of WID GRAs is to support WID programming and initiatives by conducting research, developing resources, and collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data. Depending on program needs, GRA duties may also include developing and hosting workshops for students, assisting with design projects, data entry, event support, providing general office support, website editing, developing surveys, and creating screencasts. Projects are often iterative and involve work that intersects writing with other disciplines.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to WID Director Susanmarie Harrington by March 9th, 2024 for the 2024/2025 academic year. WID will reach out to considered applicants to conduct an interview.