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Writing Center Faculty Resources: Faculty Resources

A list of resources and outreach tools for faculty.

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Faculty Resources

The above tabs on this page provide information about the services offered by Your Writing Center. 

If you would like to schedule a peer review, online-embedded writing center, writing workshop, classroom visit, or any other additional writing center service, we kindly ask that you give us at least a week's notice so we can ensure proper staffing of the Writing Center to meet your needs.  To begin the scheduling process, please fill out the form in the following link and Charles or Laura will contact you to discuss the details so we can tailor our services to meet your needs: Request a Workshop 

The above tabs on this page provide information about the services offered by Your Writing Center. 

If you would like to schedule a peer review, online-embedded writing center, writing workshop, classroom visit, or any other additional writing center service, we kindly ask that you give us at least a week's notice so we can ensure proper staffing of the Writing Center to meet your needs. We also ask that you meet with us so that we may be fully aware of your assignment, intended learning outcomes and goals, and how we can best support your class as a writing center. 

You can contact writingcenter@spalding.edu or contact Charles Maynard (Director) cmaynard@spalding.edu or Laura Detmering (Coordinator) ldetmering@spalding.edu to begin the scheduling process.

 

A Faculty Guide to the Services offered at the Writing Center

There is a universal trend in Writing Center discourse about the best practices for demystifying the services of the University Writing Center. The Spalding University Writing Center approached that conversation by creating the Spalding University Writing Center Guide for Faculty. Our informative booklet will thoughtfully explain all of the services we offer to support you and your writing intensive course and outline the steps to request our services

 

How We Do What We Do

As a writing center, our purpose is to help Spalding students grow as writers. We are not a free editing service – if we simply “fix” a paper for students, nothing will be learned in the process. Accordingly, we will not make changes to students’ drafts. Instead, we will discuss and comment on “global” issues (organization, development, clarity) explaining the issue and suggesting strategies for resolution. For “local,” editorial issues (grammar, spelling, APA, and formatting), we highlight the location of the issue so that students learn from making changes themselves.

In-Person Consultations
Students are invited to make appointments. Our face-to-face consultation sessions are generally about 45 minutes and focus on the student’s place in the writing process and the assignment. We focus on areas of strength and areas that provide opportunity for revision. 

These face-to-face sessions are the most effective way for us to work with students as they allow us to spend time focused on a single student’s work. This type of consultation allows us to enter into a conversation about the writing process in an environment where the vulnerability of the student and their work is acknowledged and respected. 

Email Consultations
For students who cannot work out a time for a face-to-face meeting, we offer an email writing consultation alternative. Students are able to upload their work via our online submission page. Our response time for emailed papers is typically 24-48 business hours for a 3 to 5 page paper (weekends and holidays not included). If students must use email, they will want to do so well in advance of the paper’s due date.

Please realize that this email option is less effective when compared with a one-on-one consultation because it does not allow for questioning, discussion, and the quality interaction that takes place when two people enter into an active discourse on writing. As such, we strongly recommend that students meet with us in person whenever possible.

Extra-Credit Writing Center Visits

To ensure that your students are utilizing the services we offer at the Writing Center you have the opportunity to offer extra-credit for visiting us, if you wish.  If you require your students to make an appointment with us in person, or submit a draft of their paper online, we will provide the student with a consultation form as proof of attendance.  Our consultation forms are also a valuable mode of communication because we will summarize the consultation as well as list the goals for revision after the session.  If you would like to incorporate an extra-credit Writing Center visit into your assignment(s), we kindly ask that you contact Charles (cmaynard@spalding.edu) and Laura (ldetmering@spalding.edu)  

This section provides information on Peer Reviews (both seated and online) and embedded writing center work....

Peer Review (seated)

Peer review with the Writing Center consists of dividing a class into small groups of three or four students. A consultant from the Writing Center then facilitates a group discussion of the work of each member of the group. Generally this consists of each member of the group bringing multiple copies of their paper, reading each paper aloud, discussing the paper and taking notes as to the feedback provided by the participants. All of this is done with a focus on the assignment and the writing process. 

If you would like to schedule a peer review for your class, we kindly ask that you give us at least a week's notice so we can ensure proper staffing of the Writing Center to meet your needs. To begin the scheduling process, please fill out the form in the following link and Charles or Laura will contact you to discuss the details so we can tailor our services to meet your needs: Request a Workshop 

Peer Review (online)

The following tutorials provide some good direction and explanation of how to setup a peer review in canvas and how students and the writing center can interact in the peer reviews.

How to setup a peer review in Canvas 
Student peer reviews in Canvas

If you would like to schedule a peer review for your class, we kindly ask that you give us at least a week's notice so we can ensure proper staffing of the Writing Center to meet your needs. To begin the scheduling process, please fill out the form in the following link and Charles or Laura will contact you to discuss the details so we can tailor our services to meet your needs: Request a Workshop 

Embedded Writing Center

Create discussion forums in your course which require students to share sections of their writing along the way, such as a writing or research journal, and we will jump into those discussions, providing each student feedback at least once a week. These discussion forums allow us to interact with the students regularly, building relationships between the students and the Writing Center, and provide opportunities for intervention early on in the writing process. For samples, see the attachment.

 

If you would like to schedule online-embedded Writing Center for your class and you have never used this service before, we would suggest a meeting where we can discuss your assignments, learning outcomes and goals, and what we as a center might be able to offer. We kindly ask that you give us at least a week's notice so we can ensure proper staffing of the Writing Center to meet your needs. To begin the scheduling process, please fill out the form in the following link and Charles or Laura will contact you to discuss the details so we can tailor our services to meet your needs: Request a Workshop 

 

In-Class Presentations Facilitated by the Writing Center

We will tailor workshops or presentations to your class’s needs. If students are struggling with a particular writing task or if you simply want to provide them with an overview of our services, we can create a brief workshop to suit your needs. 

If you are interested in hosting a Writing Center Presentation we ask that you email Charles and Laura at least a week in advance of your desired date for our visit.  In your email, please communicate your needs, goals, and expectations. Then, we will thoughtfully prepare a presentation to target the specific areas of your concerns as well as craft specialized handouts and other reference materials for the benefit of your students. 

Writing Center and the Quality Enhancement Plan Continued Collaboration

Spalding's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a five-year project in conjunction with our SACSCOC re-accreditation.  The framework of Spalding's QEP is grounded in the compositional and rhetorical scholarship of writing process pedagogy.  Therefore, our Writing Center (WC) is a foundation of best practices in the Writing Intensive classroom.  We encourage Spalding's Faculty and Staff to scaffold Writing Center services into their writing assignments. This can be implemented through in class presentations facilitated by WC staff; email and face-to-face peer student consultations; embedded online Writing Center; and other specialized services to support your Writing Intensive classroom.  

If you are interested in having your students work closely with The Writing Center, please contact our Director, Charles Maynard, and Writing Center Coordinator, Laura Detmering, to schedule a meeting to discuss how we can personalize our services to meet your needs. 

Additionally, if you need further information and support from the QEP program, please reach out to the program specialist, Lizzy Caraway and check out the invaluable faculty resources on the QEP Website

QEP Website

Spalding's QEP Department has created a website that is an invaluable resource for faculty teaching a writing intensive course. For example, if you need a refresher on how to scaffold the writing process into your writing assignments, we encourage you to check out their website. Also, The QEP Team has created informative literature about the best practices for making revision-oriented comments on your student papers as well as links to other writing intensive teaching pedagogues. Additionally, there are many teaching tools on their website such as brainstorming engaging writing assignments and using Peerceptiv to support writing through revision.