What does the Writing & Research Center do?
- The Writing & Research Center offers in-person and online peer consultation experiences. At any point in the writing process, our trained Writing Consultants help students address high order concerns of a paper: its thesis and focus, audience and purpose, organization, and development. Then, if time allows, lower order concerns including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure are addressed.
- Sessions at the Writing & Research Center are similar to peer reviews. Our consultants read and discuss student papers in the context of the assignment and any individual concerns the students may have. While our consultants may pose questions and offer advice or guidance, the student writers are ultimately responsible for making all revisions to their work.
Who works in the Writing & Research Center?
- The Writing & Research Center staff consists of undergraduate Writing Consultants and Teaching Assistants The undergraduate Writing Consultants represent a variety of majors, not just English.
Are Writing Consultants available for in-class visits?
- Yes! Please visit http://gannon.libsurveys.com/Writing-Research-Center-Visit-Request-Form to schedule a class orientation. One or two consultants will visit your classroom to discuss the Writing & Research Center’s services with your students. You may also elect to bring your students to the Writing & Research Center for this presentation. Each orientation lasts about 15-20 minutes.
- Writing Consultants may also be available to assist during classroom peer review sessions or lead specialized workshops. To arrange for this assistance, please use the link provided above.
I require my students to visit the Writing & Research Center. Will I be notified about my students’ visits?
- Yes. During appointments, every student will fill out a session summary form. On this form, students may elect to notify their instructors about their visit. Within a few days, instructors will receive an e-mailed copy of this summary form.
- Students will also receive a paper copy of this summary form. Consultants recommend that students turn this copy in with their final papers, if the instructor does not already require them to do so.
Can my students drop their papers off to be proofread?
- No. The Writing & Research Center values maintaining student ownership of work within a collaborative learning environment. Because of this, our consultants will not read papers without their writers present.
How can I support the Writing & Research Center?
- First, please encourage your students to use our services! “Plugs” on syllabuses and assignment sheets often remind students about resources available to them. The following is information you can place in your syllabus:
The Gannon Writing & Research Center is part of the Nash Learning Commons and is located in the lower level of Nash Library. We staff undergraduate students in a variety of majors, including humanities, sciences, and health sciences, who have exceeded expectations in their core writing and other humanities courses; as well as graduate English majors. Consultants are trained to assist with all aspects of the writing process—from generating ideas to drafting, revising, and editing. Humanities Tutoring in core classes is also offered. The center offers one-on-one consultations, both in-house and online. You can log onto online tutoring anywhere you can access the Internet. Appointments occur in real-time and are interactive. The Writing & Research Center also houses the Sanner Presentation Studio. To make an appointment with one of our consultant or to utilize the Sanner Presentation Studio, log onto: http://gannon.mywconline.com
Writing & Research Center Hours
- If you require students to make appointments, please give them (and us) notice in advance. This advance notice will help students plan their visits accordingly. As a result, our staff will be less likely to be overwhelmed, especially during mid-terms and finals when the Writing & Research Center is often booked. You can e-mail Director Elizabeth Kons at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Writing & Research Center at email@example.com
- Likewise, feel free to keep in contact with us regarding specific assignments and expectations. This is particularly useful with more challenging or unconventional assignments. Sending us copies of your instruction sheet or even sample papers, for instance, will enable us to assist your students more effectively.