Mention the Writing Center in your syllabus
Please mention the Writing Center in your syllabus and encourage your students to have regular writing consultations for every class assignment. Use the following language in your syllabus to inform your students about the Writing Center:
The UB Writing Center provides face-to-face and online consultations on writing assignments for all UB students. You can go to the Writing Center at any stage in your writing process, even if you have not yet completed a draft. Writing consultants will give you advice about how to move forward in your writing assignment, offering personalized strategies to improve essays, while strengthening your broader approach to completing writing assignments. The Writing Center is located on the lower level of Robert L. Bogomolny Library. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Be sure to let your students know if you plan to offer them extra credit or participation points for Writing Center visits. If you need proof that one of your students has completed a consultation at the Writing Center, we can provide that to you. Contact email@example.com with your questions.
Create a faculty folder at the Writing CenterYou can submit your syllabi, writing assignments, rubrics, lesson plans, and other information about your class to be kept on file in the Writing Center. When one of your students comes in for an appointment, consultants will have these resources available to support your students. Submit materials to The Writing Center, along with your course number and title.
Writing Fellows are embedded writing consultants attached to individual courses. In order to qualify for a Writing Fellow in your class, you must assign at least two writing assignments with required process and/or revision components.
A Writing Fellow can be tailored to the individual needs of your course and your students. Writing Fellows can support you and your students in the following ways:
- Required conferences and/or rough draft submission
- Writing support built into Sakai
- Reserved consultant at specific times
- Email-based asynchronous feedback on writing
- In-class workshops tailored to your course and student needs
Writing Fellows are currently available on a limited basis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Writing Center provides workshops on common writing concerns that can be delivered in your class at any time. Topics include:
- How to Cite Right
- Integrating Quotations
- Peer Feedback and Revision
- What is a Discourse Community?
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography
- Thesis Statements
- Argument & Evidence
Improving student writing
There are a few easy things you can do to encourage better writing behaviors from your students:
- Build rough drafts and peer review into your class
- Encourage or require writing center visits
- Offer opportunities to revise
- Teach your students about writing in your discipline
Better writing assignmentsThe Writing Center is here to support faculty on developing or revising assignment prompts for students. You can seek feedback on writing prompts from the Writing Center director and professional staff, or you can schedule a consultation with a student writing consultant to get a student’s perspective on your prompt. This type of feedback will help you anticipate student questions and address any confusion on the front end of your assignments. Contact email@example.com or make an appointment with a Writing Consultant using the appointment tool.
Better feedbackFaculty can work with the Writing Center director to develop personalized and discipline-appropriate strategies for responding effectively to student writing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.