Support for Faculty
The Writing Center primarily assists undergraduate and graduate writers across the curriculum with free, one-to-one conferences. We help students understand assignments, develop ideas, support arguments and claims, cite sources, and revise papers.
Location and Hours
The Writing Center is located in Theta Lounge (Upper Quads in the residence halls). You and your students can find current semester hours posted on our website. Sessions may be available for walk-ins, but we are often booked so let students know that scheduling an appointment online is best. To make an appointment, they should follow directions on our website at www.cui.edu/studentlife/writing-center. Students in online classes may also take advantage of the online writing center service (OWL) for feedback on their papers.
Our consultants collaborate with student writers both in-person and online through a dialogue-based approach which starts with your assignment. We aim to balance the professor’s requirements, the students’ goals, and our own experience as writing tutors as we develop a realistic plan for revision with writers. We recommend that students plan more than one visit to the Writing Center as they work through the writing process.
You can encourage students to use our services by mentioning them often in class and via email, posting a link to our site in Blackboard, and including us in your syllabi.
Information For Your Syllabus
Feel free to copy and paste the following for your syllabus:
At the Writing Center located in Theta Lounge, writing consultants are available to work one-on-one with you at any stage of your writing process and with any kind of writing you are creating. Whether you need help understanding an assignment, brainstorming ideas, revising a draft, or developing editing strategies, Writing Center consultants are a valuable resource. Appointments can be reserved up to six days in advance via their online scheduling program, WCOnline. Walk-in appointments are welcome if a consultant doesn’t already have an appointment with someone else. Students in online courses can also use the Online Writing Lab (OWL). Visit the Writing Center website at www.cui.edu/studentlife/writing-center to make your appointment and to find more information about the Writing Center and its resources.
We hope that you encourage all students to visit the Writing Center! If you do require a student to seek support, please encourage them to consider us a writing resource rather than a remedial lab. Students who feel as though they’re being sent to the Writing Center because they’re “bad” writers who need to “fix” their problems often come to us unwillingly and make our goal of helping students become more effective, confident writers difficult to achieve.
If you need to know that a student has visited the Writing Center, ask the student to bring you a completed Record of Consultation from their session.
Approach to Teaching Writing
Writing Center theory specifies that consultants should work first on higher-order concerns (thesis, argumentation, organization, paragraph development) and then work their way toward lower order concerns (punctuation, grammar, spelling, citation). Will your student walk away from their session with a perfect paper? No. But if the student has taken the time to revise the paper according to what was covered in the session, we can guarantee that it will be a better paper and that your student will have learned something in the process. Becoming a strong writer is something that occurs over time and with practice. We hope to help students become more effective, confident writers who are able to assess their own writing rather than help them create a one-time “perfect” paper. That way they will turn in better papers all the time rather than turning in just one good paper that someone else has “fixed.”
Writers (and faculty) can request a session that focuses primarily on grammar issues – they are the clients, after all. In that case the consultant will reverse how time is usually spent during a session, addressing the lower order concerns first and pointing out issues related to content as needed.
Consultants are available at any point in the semester to briefly visit your class to discuss when and how to reserve an appointment, review some of our basic policies, and answer questions about our services. These visits generally take 10-15 minutes of class time.
If you would like to schedule a visit, email the Writing Center director at Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: your name, course title and time, location of the class, number of students in class, and 1st and 2nd choices for scheduling a visit. Please wait for confirmation while we make every effort to accommodate your request.
Please see the Resources for Faculty page for many excellent links to sources for creating and sequencing assignments, responding to and evaluating writing, conferencing with your students, and more.