Information for Faculty
Writing Services, located in the Academic Support Center (SC160 - across from the bookstore), is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the fall/spring and Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer. Students can stop by Writing Services during any open hours and sit down with a writing tutor to discuss their work. No appointment is necessary. Students who wish to make an appointment may do so by contacting a professional tutor, Erik Vinh or David Kenney.
In Writing Services, we see hundreds of students every semester, helping them with papers for many different classes. Our peer tutors are recommended by English professors and then put through training that emphasizes the importance of guiding students rather than instructing them. While training the peer tutors, we also accentuate the main purpose of every tutoring session: improve the student’s ability to communicate effectively through writing. Because our purpose is focused on the student and not the grade of a particular paper, we do not offer editing or proofreading services. Rather, we will sit down with students to discuss the general issues of structure, clarity, citation, grammar, and language that interfere with the effectiveness in a given piece of writing and recommend revision and redrafting techniques.
Every semester we host five writing workshops that address the most common compositional problems that frustrate students: paragraph/essay organization, sentence fragments, run-ons/comma splices, comma usage, and MLA citation. The dates for these workshops can be found on the Writing Services website.
- We strongly encourage the faculty to promote and interact with Writing Services. Faculty comments and suggestions are always welcome and should be addressed, either in person or via e-mail, to one of the College’s professional writing tutors, Erik and David, or the faculty liaison, professor Mary Bodelson.
- Since the tutoring service we provide is not content based, we can offer writing help for students of any discipline. However, any special instructions not included on the assignment sheet or mentioned by the student cannot be accounted for by the tutor. Please be understanding of this limitation.
- We cannot allow required visits for entire classes. Although any instigation on the part of the faculty advocating the Writing Center is appreciated, the limited staff, space, and resources of the Writing Center cannot accommodate large-scale, mandatory visits.
- To provide better communication between the Writing Center and the faculty, a Faculty Feedback Form is filled out for every tutoring session and delivered to the professor. This extra service is beneficial for all concerned: giving the student acknowledgement for seeking extra help, providing the Writing Center with an accurate record of student influx, and informing faculty of the difficulties their students are experiencing.
- At the beginning of the semester, classroom visits are offered upon request. These visits last about 5-10 minutes and will familiarize the students with the location, hours, and services offered by the Writing Center.