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For Faculty

The Writing Center offers free, individualized support for undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines.

We believe that all writers need readers, and we serve students during all stages of the writing process through collaborative, one-on-one conversations.

Why should my students use the Writing Center?

  • Clear writing is difficult to accomplish alone. Our Writing Center is staffed by engaged, principled, and experienced readers who assist writers by providing an audience‚Äôs perspective of the text.
  • All writers need reassurance. Our staff instills confidence in writers by listening carefully, asking strategic questions, appreciating what the writing does well, and offering resources and advice grounded in best practices for writing instruction.
  • Peer-to-peer writing consultations can build self-efficacy and autonomy. We believe that when we talk about writing with those who are not evaluating us, we are able to advocate for ourselves as learners in unique ways. Our peer-to-peer consultations are flexible and dynamic, creating conditions for writers to revise and proofread on their own and to practice new strategies alongside fellow students.

What can I expect from the Writing Center?

Our writing consultants are connected to the many disciplines across campus that require writing expertise. Our staff of undergraduate and graduate student consultants receive intensive training through English 303/503 and additional professional development workshops throughout the year. Our staff engages in evidence-based instructional practices regarding the following topics and more:

  • writing center pedagogy and tutoring theory
  • language acquisition theory
  • foundational rhetorical theory
  • genre theory and writing in the disciplines
  • cognitive learning theories
  • inclusivity and diversity studies
  • rhetorical grammar

Faculty Services

Faculty can request Writing Center support for their courses:

Faculty Services

  • Classroom Visits: Our writing consultants visit classes to provide an overview of the services we offer and to help students prepare for a consultation in the Center.
  • Workshops: Our writing consultants visit with a detailed presentation/activity specific to the needs of the course. The workshop is designed in collaboration between faculty and the Writing Center Director.
  • Tours: We love when people want to see our space! We can arrange a time for your class visit the Writing Center for a short tour. A consultant will be present to greet students, describe our services, and answer questions. This helps to familiarize students with where we are and what to expect when they come in for a consultation.
  • Faculty Consultations: The Writing Center Director is happy to meet with faculty and program leaders to discuss writing resources or to address specific questions. We can provide assistance with writing-related concerns such as designing clear and effective writing assignments, responding to student writing, or conducting peer review workshops.

Request Support for Your Class

Do you know a student who would make an excellent writing consultant?

Recommending a Student

The Writing Center is a rewarding place for civic-minded, compassionate students to work. If you know a student who offers constructive feedback, listens well in groups, and is interested in writing, please encourage them to join our team! We offer internships every fall semester.