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For Faculty

Suggested Syllabus Statement

Writing Center peer tutors offer you free, one-to-one support through all stages of the writing process, from generating ideas and drafting to revising and editing.  Writing conferences last anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes, depending upon your needs, and may focus upon a variety of formats (research papers, critical essays, lab reports, reviews, etc.) It’s easy to make an appointment for a face-to-face session in ACAD 408 or an online session (for non-residential students who live 25 miles or more away from campus): just read about Writing Center services at http://www.mbc.edu/writing_center/

Introduce your students to the Writing Center

To arrange a brief 5-10 minute information session about the Writing Center in one of your on-campus classes, email the Director:  mpetty@mbc.edu

Requiring vs Recommending the Writing Center

Please do not require all your students to go to the Writing Center for the same assignment without consulting first with the Director.  Our experience with some required visits is not always positive: too often, these students visit to “check off” a requirement and are inattentive, even grumpy, taking up time that a more motivated student could use.

Please encourage all students to visit the Writing Center webpage to learn about how best to use our services. If you want to “strongly recommend” (but not require) all students who make a particular grade visit the Writing Center for help on revision, that’s fine.  As a general rule, students who follow up on your recommendation and visit the Center on their own initiative are more comfortable — and their visit more productive — than those students whose grade dictates a session.  (There are exceptions to every rule, of course, so please do not hesitate to consult the Director on these matters.)

Writing Workshops

Writing Center staff are available to conduct small group workshops in the Center or in individual classes in any discipline.  Workshops are tied to class writing assignments and focus upon a particular writing concerns.  Past workshops include “how to avoid plagiarism,” “how to limit a thesis,” and “revision tips” for a particular kind of discipline-based paper.  Faculty who would like a staff member to conduct a writing workshop in or outside their class should consult mpetty@mbc.edu .

Contact the Director

Questions, requests, comments?  Email mpetty@mbc.edu