Information for Faculty

Contact Information

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https://tamuk.mywconline.com

Phone:
361-593-2744

Email:
writingcenter@tamuk.edu

Location:
Jernigan Library Room 217

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How do I let students know about the University Writing Center?

If you encourage or require students to visit the Writing Center for an assignment, please educate them about what the Writing Center does. The Writing Center is not a grammar fix-it shop; we do not edit and proofread students' papers. Sometimes, students see the requirement to visit the Writing Center as a simple process of dropping their papers off to be "cleaned up" and stamped. When they find out they need to schedule an appointment and should expect to spend 30-40 minutes in conversation with a writing consultant, they can be shocked, and sometimes annoyed! When you recommend students to the Writing Center, explain to them the sorts of things they should be focusing on in their session (i.e., idea development and organization in earlier drafts or phases of the writing project; grammar and mechanics in later drafts). This can help the writing consultant make the sessions more productive than if the student comes in with no idea of what help she or he might require.

Request an informational visit for your classroom. Email us writingcenter@tamuk.edu to request an informational visit. One or two University Writing Center (UWC) staff members will give a five-minute informational talk about our services and pass out flyers.

Field trip to the UWC. Email us at writingcenter@tamuk.edu and let us know that you will be bringing your students on a field trip to the UWC. We will give a short informational talk and hand out flyers. 

How do I include the UWC in my syllabus?

Encourage students to visit the UWC. Let students know about the UWC using the information and methods above (and please feel free to use any of our words). In your syllabus, encourage them to come during the planning or drafting stages of their writing. Encourage struggling students to visit the UWC, but remember, ALL writers can benefit from our services. 

Give extra credit for UWC visits. Let students know that they can earn extra credit for visiting the UWC. You will receive a client report for each student of yours who visits us.

Require a UWC visit. This can be a good way to ensure all of your students visit the UWC. If you require a visit, we recommend that you integrate the visit into your course calendar at a strategic time. For instance, ask students to bring a draft of a paper to the Writing Center a few days before the due date. (Otherwise, many students tend to visit us at the very last minute.)

How else can the UWC offer assistance to writing instructors and students?

If you would like a team of our staff to deliver a workshop in your class, please contact us. Some possible workshop topics we can facilitate include: peer review and response strategies; strategies for getting started, composing, and/or revising and polishing a draft; strategies for close and critical reading; strategies for summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting; using and citing sources; and using MLA, APA, or some other particular formatting style (especially how to find and use resource guides for citation styles). 

The best workshops often become conversations among the presenters, the students, and the instructor. We invite instructors to discuss how the material in the workshop applies specifically to their courses and assignments, and we require that the instructor be present when our staff are facilitating a workshop with the class.