Writing Center Pedagogy
As faculty know, developing effective writing skills takes time and effort. Writing is not a straightforward technical skill; rather, it is a complex cognitive, culturally inflected, socially situated process that requires ongoing practice to foster its growth. By critically reading and discussing their writing with a consultant, graduate writers can learn to communicate their ideas clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts.
Faculty, please note:
- To consult on exams, we require written permission from a faculty member. Please email us in advance with your permission.
- If you wish to require writing center consultations as part of a class, please contact us. We have found that required visits work best when they are preceded by a class presentation/workshop. We can discuss what type of presentation will be most beneficial for your needs.
- The process of developing writing skills takes time and repeated practice. If you have a concern about a student's need for improvement in this area, our associate director would be happy to have a conversation about how the Graduate Writing Center can help.
- If your graduate student is beginning the thesis or dissertation process, we encourage you to work with us to develop a plan. Contact us to set up a meeting with you, your student, and a writing center administrator.
- If your graduate student is a strong communicator who works well collaboratively, consider recommending them to be a writing consultant. The GWC compensates graduate students through assistantships and hourly pay. Learn more on our consultant recruitment page.
- Along with the TLPDC, the GWC is a resource for feedback on writing pedagogy, including writing assignment development and assessment. Contact us for more information. As an additional resource, we recommend the Purdue Writing Lab's Faculty Guide for Working with Graduate Student Writers.
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