Faculty Resources

The UVU Writing Center supports faculty and staff who teach writing or work with student writers. If you would like additional information about how the Writing Center can help you as you work with student writers, or assistance with your own writing, please contact one of our administrators.

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General Overview of Services

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Requesting Class Visits & Workshops

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Faculty Writing Assistance

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Writing Fellows

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF SERVICES

Supporting Student Writing

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one tutorials and other supplemental programs to support student writing. Instead of operating as a fix-it shop, the Writing Center provides students with peer tutors to coach them through their writing assignments. We focus on equipping students with the tools they need to successfully complete current and future writing assignments.

 

Some of the ways we support student writers is by

  • offering one-on-one tutoring sessions, tailored to the individual student's needs, via on-campus and on-line (synchronous) tutorials
  • sponsoring workshops on a variety of writing and grammatical principles, and assisting with test preparation, such as for the GRE verbal and writing sections
  • creating and maintaining over 50 handouts on documentation formats, organization, grammar, usage, etc.
  • providing access to handbooks, textbooks, and other supplemental materials.

Additionally, the Writing Center operates on an appointment basis, with some availability for walk-in sessions. Students should register user accounts and book tutorials via our online scheduling system MyWCOnline. At the end of each tutorial, students receive a "Client Report Form" via email, which they can then print or forward to their instructors as proof of attendance.

 

Recommending Our Services

We invite all faculty and staff to recommend Writing Center services to their student writers—of all levels—and to host class visits from our staff.

 

Some of the ways you might encourage your student writers to use our services are

  • providing a statement about the Writing Center on your course syllabus (see example below)
  • discussing the importance of writing as a process with your students, and explaining the benefits of sharing one's work with a peer
  • linking to our website, appointment scheduler, and online supplemental materials (handouts, worksheets, powerpoints, review videos, etc.)
  • arranging a class visit or workshop close to an assignment due date
  • providing the Writing Center with print or electronic copies of your course assignments and syllabus
  • holding office hours and/or student/instructor conferences in the Writing Center (see an Administrator for more info) 
  • visiting the Writing Center to learn more about our services, staff, and resources.

Sample Syllabus Statement

The UVU Writing Center is a free resource provided to students of all disciplines. Specially trained and certified tutors work one-on-one with students on any assignment at any part of the writing process. While tutors do not correct assignments, they do help student writers identify patterns of errors and discuss revision strategies and address students' writing concerns. The Writing Center is located in the Library, room 208, across the hall from the Visual Arts Lab. To contact the front desk, call 801-863-8936 or visit their website at www.uvu.edu/writingcenter.
The Writing Center works on a first-come, first-serve appointment basis, with some availability for drop-in tutoring sessions. Student writers may sign up for a maximum of one hour of one-on-one tutoring per day, either as one 60-minute session or two 30-minute sessions. However, appointments are not needed to access handbooks, computers, and other Center resources. Tutorials may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance via the MyWCOnline (www.uvu.mywconline.com) appointment schedule. Please take your assignment guidelines, course syllabus, and any class notes, drafts, or ideas to your sessions. 

 

Student Referrals

Writing Center tutors can assist students in need of intensive help on improving their writing skills and abilities, especially on specialized projects. For these students, we recommend scheduling regular, on-going appointments with the same tutor. To set up a standing appointment, please have the student contact Writing Center Director Leigh Ann Copas at copasle@uvu.edu or drop by the Writing Center. 

 

Required Visits and Extra Credit

Please note that while we are eager to work with your students, we must ask that you not require your entire class to come to the Writing Center, offer extra credit for attending tutoring sessions, or ask that tutors assign grades or sign attendance verifications.

We require student writers to take an active role in an extended dialogue, and we've found that when students are required to visit the Writing Center, or are only seeking extra credit, that they are less likely to eagerly participate in this process. Namely, they are often disengaged in the tutorial conversation and are less likely to consider revisions to their drafts, which undermines tutors' abilities to coach effectively. As a result, students feel that their time was wasted, and because our resources are limited, we end up denying tutorials to students interested in receiving feedback on their writing. 

 

Dropped-Off Assignments

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff to drop off copies of their assignment guidelines for our tutors to reference during their tutorial sessions with student writers. 

However, we do not accepted dropped-off or emailed assignments from students or instructors to correct or provide feedback on. If students cannot meet with tutors in a live, on-campus tutorial, they can schedule a live, on-line tutorial(synchronous).

Additionally, students should not drop off assignments for instructors, or vice versa, at the Writing Center. Please make the necessary arrangements to have students drop off papers and assignments to your department mailbox or during your office hours. The Writing Center is not responsible for any lost assignments.

 

Center Accreditation

Our tutor-training program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program (ITTP), which is supported through the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Association (CLADEA). All prospective tutors must enroll in UVST 3110: Methods and Practices of Tutoring Writing prior to applying to work in the Writing Center.

CLASS VISITS & WORKSHOPS

Class Visits

At the beginning of each semester, we strive to visit as many writing-intensive classes as possible. Typically, tutors drop in to English Language Learning, English & Literature, and Literacies and Composition courses unannounced, sometime during the first 2-3 weeks of the semester.

Class visits are a great opportunity to help students become acclimated with Center resources and tutors. As well, we find that students are more likely to use our services if a tutor or staff member has made a brief presentation in their classes. Most presentations take 5-10 minutes, and tutors provide a general overview of services, discuss what to expect in tutoring sessions, and introduce students to the MyWCOnline appointment scheduling system. Upon request, tutors visiting classes may provide 5- to 10-minute mock tutorial demonstrations, modeling the conversational, peer-to-peer approach used in our tutorials.

If you teach a class outside of these departments and would like a class visit, or if you teach a class in these departments and would like to request a visit on a specific date and time or bring your class to the Writing Center, please complete our Class Visit Request form below.

CLASS VISIT REQUEST FORM

Workshops

Faculty and staff can schedule FREE in-class workshops on a variety of topics. Most workshops run 30-45 minutes and include a mixture of presentation, question-response, and student practice activities.

Faculty may request workshop topics or work with a Center Administrator to determine the best workshop to fit their students’ needs. To request a workshop time, complete the Request a Workshop form listed below. Please submit your request at least one week prior to the workshop date and prior to scheduling workshops in course syllabi. If you are requesting a citation format workshop, we highly recommend reserving a computer lab for the activities portion of the workshop.

REQUEST A WORKSHOP FORM

For the safety of our tutors, we require that the faculty member, or a faculty substitute, be present during the workshop. Often, we find that students ask questions directly related to the class assignment, best addressed by the course instructor, and we greatly value your input during the presentation.

Some possible workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • MLA citation and format
  • APA citation and format
  • Thesis Statements
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Literature Reviews
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Revision Strategies

FACULTY WRITING ASSISTANCE

Faculty Writing

The Writing Center offers free assistance to faculty and staff working on writing projects. Faculty. For more information on how we can help you with your writing, or for assistance with designing course assignments, please contact Faculty Director Dr. Elena Garcia.

 

Writing Center Library

The Writing Center provides instructors with FREE access to a variety of scholarship on designing and implementing writing assignments into their courses. Our Center library boasts manuals and guides on generating course syllabi, developing a variety of writing assignments, and methods of assessing student writing. Faculty and staff are invited to peruse our shelves and use our materials in the Writing Center.

For more information on available resources, please visit the Writing Center in the Fulton Library, room 208.

 

Professional Organizations

To stay up-to-date on current trends in Rhetoric and Composition, we recommend checking out the following organizations and websites:

Campus Resources

Sponsored Campus Conferences

Writing Fellows Program

Mission Statement

As a program of the UVU Writing Center, Writing Fellows strengthens discipline-specific writing skills through close collaboration among peer tutors, faculty, and students.

 

Program Overview

UVU Writing Fellows are peer writing tutors with training in both the disciplinary conventions of the courses they work with and best tutoring practices. They meet with students from a single class several times over the course of a semester, providing support to instructors who teach writing-intensive courses or who include several in-depth writing projects in their courses.

The main program differs from the main services offered by the Writing Center in that Writing Fellows work closely with a single class and bring extensive knowledge of disciplinary writing conventions to their collaborations with students. Currently, Writing Fellows serve writing-intensive courses outside the humanities.

 

Program Objectives

  • Increase student mastery of discipline-specific writing principles and ability to meet instructors’ writing expectations
  • Increase student confidence in discipline-specific writing
  • Support instructors’ inclusion of writing-intensive assignments in course curricula

See a copy of our Faculty Handbook.

 

Program Benefits

Students, faculty, and fellows all benefit from the program:

 

Students work closely with the same tutor throughout an entire semester, to

  • build a supportive peer relationship
  • receive extensive one-on-one help that would be difficult for a single faculty member to provide
  • witness peer excellence in writing

 

Faculty members mentor fellows and in return receive

  • support that enables them to assign lengthier or more complex assignments
  • higher levels of writing mastery from students

 

Writing Fellows

  • form professional relationships with faculty members
  • develop deep knowledge of disciplinary academic conventions
  • gain peer leadership and teaching experience
  • improve their own writing through exposure to other styles