Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The McNair Scholars Program seeks a dynamic and student-centered individual to serve as our Writing Specialist at 50% time for the annual year. The Writing Specialist will work closely with students on undergraduate research and graduate school application materials, such as personal statements, writing samples, and resumes/curriculum vitae. The program values team work, collaboration, and innovative thinking. The program provides a space for students that is supportive, equitable, and inclusive.


Minimum / Required

  • A Bachelor’s degree in English, communication, composition, or related degree
  • At least one year of writing tutoring or teaching experience
  • Knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts, especially barriers faced by first-generation college students, low-income populations, and racially/ethnically diverse populations
  • Excellent communication, organization, and record-keeping skills

Highly Desired

  • A graduate degree
  • Knowledge and/or experience with TRIO
  • Knowledge and experience with completing research paper writing and/or tutoring research paper writing
  • Experience working with the target population for the McNair Scholars Program (first-generation college students, low-income students, and racially/ethnically diverse populations)


This position is at 50% time for the annual year (20 hours/week). Of those 20 hours, combined 75% student advising (writing) and 25% administration and program duties as assigned. Work is completed during weekdays from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and should be completed in-person, but will include some online/telecommute options during the COVID pandemic. Duties include:

  • Writing advising of student research papers including writing process, general organization, and citation styles
  • Writing advising of additional research components such as applications for funding, poster creation, IRB submissions, survey creations, and interview questions
  • Assistance in preparing student research papers for publication
  • Editing of student personal statements, resumes, and graduate application materials from brainstorming through final editing process
  • Editing of marketing and programming materials, including semester newsletter
  • Filing of documentation for 28+ program participants
  • Preparation and organization of participant materials
  • Assist staff with presentation and workshop preparation
  • Greeter to students, staff, and guests as needed
  • Assist in recruitment, assessment, mentoring, supporting, and monitoring of McNair Scholars participants
  • Collaboration with the English department, fellow TRIO programs, Multicultural Student Services, Student Services Offices, student organizations, other Stout departments, and appropriate programs at external institutions


The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, also referred to as the McNair Scholars Program, is a United States Department of Education initiative with a goal of increasing "attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society," including first-generation low-income individuals and members from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in graduate programs. The website for the McNair Scholars Program is:

The program serves a minimum of 28 students per year from first-generation/low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds in graduate education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan, and Pacific Islander). The program is first and foremost a support system. Activities involve both individual and group programming and include three McNair courses, a series of workshops, conference attendances, graduate school visits, and additional supports. The writing specialist will work closely with the McNair Scholars and will assist in some outreach to campus partners.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 49 undergraduate and over 20 distinctive, highly-regarded advanced degree programs. Average student enrollment is 9,000.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks. Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.

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It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

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The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

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