Student Representative

The OWCA is accepting applications and nominations for a Student Representative.

Position Description

  • Length of term: 1 year (January 2022 to December 2022)
  • Monthly time commitment: 4-6 hours
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Renewable?: Yes
  • Elected by: OWCA membership

The Position

Student Representatives help the OWCA to meet the needs of secondary school, undergraduate, and graduate students who engage in online writing support. Student Representatives will serve on at least 1 OWCA committee of their choosing. Long-term OWCA committees include:

  • Diversity & Social Justice Committee
  • Accessibility Committee
  • Conference Committee
  • Virtual Events Committee
  • Mentoring & Resources Committee
  • Liaison Committee

Applicants can learn more about our committees on the Committees page. Serving on a committee as a Student Representative could lead to future opportunities to later run for a co-chair position for that committee, after your term as Student Representative has ended.

Student Representatives have the flexibility to initiate projects within OWCA and assist other OWCA Officers, depending on their interests and professional goals.

The Executive Board

Student Representatives are voting members of the Executive Board. This means that Student Representatives are expected to attend Executive Board meetings, review items that need Board feedback/approval, and vote on Board and committee projects.

In 2021, Executive Board meetings were held once per month for an hour and a half. During some months, additional one-hour meetings were scheduled for training or additional discussion of committee projects. Executive Board members also have opportunities to attend Meet and Greets with OWCA members and present at special interest groups (SIGs) on online writing center work.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about this position, you are encouraged to contact a current Student Representative, Anna Shapland, at

You can also attend the Executive Board Meet and Greet on October 6 from 2-3pm EST.

Application Timeline and Instructions

  • October 31: Deadline for submitting applications
  • November 8: Electronic Ballot is sent to members for voting
  • November 19: Deadline for OWCA members to submit votes
  • November 30: Results are announced

Who Can Apply

Any current secondary, undergraduate, or graduate student can apply for this position, but you will need to be an OWCA member to accept the position and serve your term. We especially welcome and encourage people who identify as Queer/LGBTQ+, BI/POC, Indigenous, Disabled, Neurodivergent, or an otherwise marginalized identity to apply. Per our Anti-Racism Statement, students who identify as people of color can become OWCA members at no charge.

Applicants also do not have to be currently employed at a writing center. To understand and support our student members, though, applicants should have some familiarity with implementing or researching online writing support services.

What to Submit

Please create a written statement (200-300 words) OR video statement (2-3 minutes). Video statements should be uploaded to YouTube and include edited closed captions for accessibility (please review the OWCA Guide for Video Applications for assistance).

Your statement will be displayed privately on the OWCA website and distributed to OWCA members. In your statement, you should answer the following questions:

  • Which OWCA committee(s) would you like to serve on? What ideas or perspectives would you bring to the committee(s)?
  • What ideas do you have for the OWCA to better support our secondary school, undergraduate, and/or graduate student members?

Your statement should focus on your ideas and what you’d like to do as an OWCA Executive Board member. Please do not submit a summary of your resume/CV.

Apply or Nominate Someone

Please use the form below to apply for this position. You can also nominate another individual that you think would be a good fit for this position. If you nominate someone, we will reach out to them and encourage them to apply.