• For Faculty

    The Writing Center embraces the idea that writing is a different process for every writer. We recognize that writers produce successful “texts” by prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. This process is often lengthy, messy—and rewarding!

    As instructors, you likely have time to help students with some, but not all, stages of their writing process. Peer writing consultants in our center are trained to help your students with any writing challenge, complementing the work you do in the classroom. Our peer consultants emphasize tools and strategies that students can transfer to other writing tasks in your class or elsewhere.

    We look forward to working with you!

    Online and Print Resources

    Access the Writing Center’s collection of online and print resources for students and instructors or Hamline University’s Writing Across the Curriculum page.

    Class Visits

    In ten to fifteen minutes, we can describe for you and your students the services the Writing Center provides and how to use our scheduling software. If you would like a class visit, please email the Writing Center at writingcenter@hamline.edu or Julie Bach at jbach01@hamline.edu.

    Required Visits Policy

    Faculty recommendations are essential to the success of the Writing Center. Experience has taught us, however, that requiring students to use the Writing Center is counter-productive. Students required to visit the center are less engaged, less willing to take ownership of their writing processes, and less inclined to participate in the collaborative learning and problem solving upon which writing center pedagogy is based.

    The following guidelines are designed to help faculty and the Writing Center work together to encourage students to use the center voluntarily and thus retain ownership of their writing processes and skills.

    Please do . . .

    • Encourage all your students to use the Writing Center.
    • Schedule a visit to your class from a Writing Center representative.
    • Strongly recommend that a particular student schedule a Writing Center appointment. (You may find it effective to point out a specific weakness in the student’s writing and explain how the Writing Center can help.)
    • Offer extra credit to students who schedule Writing Center appointments. IF you do, however, you MUST let the Writing Specialist know before the semester begins.
    • Ask the Writing Specialist if a student has had an appointment.
    • Discuss with the Writing Specialist your concerns about a student, whether the student in question has made appointments or not.

    Please don’t . . .

    • Require all students in a course to schedule a Writing Center appointment.
    • Make a visit to the Writing Center a required part of an assignment.
    • Make a student’s grade on a paper or for a course contingent upon making a Writing Center appointment. (You may certainly, however, require a minimum level of competence on writing assignments and point out to students that the Writing Center is the best place on campus to get help in achieving that minimum competence.)

    Workshops

    The Writing Center has some capacity to offer embedded writing workshops. Talk to the Writing Specialist at jbach01@hamline.edu if you feel that a workshop on a particular writing topic would be beneficial for your students.

    Support

    The Writing Specialist is happy to answer questions about writing, talk with you about your writing assignments, or share whether one or more of your students have scheduled appointments. Do not hesitate to contact her at jbach01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2026.