While many faculty find themselves responsible for teaching writing, relatively few have had extensive training or support for doing so. We're here to help!
We offer several different types of support:
- Individual consultations. Thinking about how to sequence a big assignment into manageable pieces? Considering revising an existing assignment? Puzzling through how to develop assignments appropriate for gen ed classes / introductions to a major / advanced work in a discipline or profession? Our Director, Assistant Director, and (when appropriate) experienced tutors are available for one-on-one consultations. (Please note: Marquette University's Center for Teaching and Learning also regularly offers workshops and consultations on topics that may be of help for instructors revising their pedagogical approaches.) For more information on consultations on teaching with writing, email the Director, Dr. Rebecca Nowacek.
- Writing Wednesday Workshops for Faculty. On the first Wednesday of each month, we offer a workshop tailored specifically for the needs of faculty and staff. Some months the focus is on the types of writing faculty need to do themselves; other months we focus on strategies for teaching with writing, including topics like Responding Effectively to Student Writing, Designing Effective Assignments, and Incorporating Peer Review. Click here for more information on our upcoming workshops.
- Course-Embedded Tutors (CET) program. CETs are experienced peer tutors of writing; they are assigned to a particular course and work with every single writer in that course--through written comments and face-to-face conferences--to help students undertake significant revision of their writing and ideas. To learn more about whether this program might be a good fit for your course, click here.
- Workshops for Writers. We also offer workshops for writers on a variety of subjects, including writing lit reviews, managing timed essay exams, and creating effective research posters. These workshops are free to all students--and you may find it helpful to attend these workshops yourself to pick up strategies for teaching certain genres. Click here for more information on upcoming workshops.
- Instructional outreaches. The Director and Assistant Director can also work with instructors to develop and co-teach a class session. We have developed and co-taught courses with faculty in Business, Education, Engineering, Honors, Nursing, Philosophy, Physician Assistant Studies, Psychology, and other departments and programs across campus. For more information, email the Director, Dr. Rebecca Nowacek.