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How the Center for Writing Helps Faculty & Students

How the Center for Writing Helps Faculty

Our professional staff are also experienced teachers themselves, and our peer consultants are good students and good writers. We take pride in our support of TCU’s instructional mission. Though most of our appointments involve one-on-one tutorials with individual students, we frequently work with faculty members in a variety of ways to enhance writing across all disciplines and colleges at TCU:

Course Syllabus Statement

Faculty may wish to use our Syllabus Statement in course preparations:

The William L. Adams Center for Writing is an academic service available to all TCU students. Writing specialists and peer tutors are available for one-on-one tutorials from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in Reed Hall, Suite 419 and from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in Tom Brown Pete Wright Hall, 2nd floor, commons. Online tutorials are also available. To make an appointment or to access the online tutorial service, please visit the Center for Writing web site at http://www.wrt.tcu.edu/ for further information. 

Professor Referrals

We are always appreciative when professors refer students to us for help with writing projects. At the same time, we see our primary mission as assisting student writers in an ethical and confidential manner.  In general, we do not share specific information with faculty about tutoring sessions, though we will confirm students’ attendance through a printed receipt form issued to students who request it. Professors may request brochures or Writing Center business cards to provide to students by emailing the Writing Center at writingctr@tcu.edu.

Class Visits or Workshops

Director Steve Sherwood and professional staff members are available to visit classes or other gatherings to present information about Center for Writing services or to deliver a workshop on any aspect of writing such as structuring essays or documenting sources correctly. In 2013 Writing Center staff conducted 37 workshops in a variety of settings.

Advance Planning is Key

If faculty require or encourage entire classes or groups of students to visit us in advance of an assignment’s due date, it’s a good idea to suggest students make an appointment well in advance of that date, to ensure the best possible experience for them here. Also, please contact our director, Dr. Steve Sherwood to be sure we have sufficient openings in our tutoring schedule to accommodate your students. Particularly during mid-terms and the final two weeks of the semester, appointment calendars of staff are often booked solid. During those times, we cannot accept drop-in traffic or respond to online submissions as quickly as we’d like.

Writing Associates Program

Open to professors in all disciplines, this program dedicates a writing associate to a class that emphasizes writing instruction. The center assigns consultants (trained undergraduate or graduate students) to undergraduate classes, based on faculty requests and available staff. Writing associates, who also serve as peer writing consultants for the Center for Writing, receive training from us as well as mentoring from the professors with whom they work. The associates meet with students from their assigned classes during their regular tutoring hours in the Main Center. The primary mission of a writing associate is instructional rather than editorial. A writing associate will respond to writing in ways that help students to become more aware of their strengths and to learn to overcome any weaknesses. Writing associates support the course outcomes the professors set forth.  They also serve as liaisons between the professor’s class and the other writing center staff, providing us with necessary information to assist those students.        

ePortfolios

We will help students and faculty with single-document written components of ePortfolios for the Academy of Tomorrow on an individual basis; staffing limitations do not permit us to work with large groups or classes at this time.

Faculty Writing Projects

We work with faculty across all disciplines, as schedules and staffing permit, on many individual writing projects such as submissions for publication, conference papers, proposals, as well as personal projects. Faculty may wish to contact Director Steve Sherwood for suggestions about ways we can help, or book an appointment with Graduate Writing Center consultants via our online scheduler.

For more information about any of these services for faculty, please email Dr. Steve Sherwood at s.sherwood@tcu.edu.