• For Faculty

    The Writing and Communication 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 and Communication 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 and Communication Center provides and how to use our scheduling software. If you would like a class visit, please email the Writing and Communication Center at writingcenter@hamline.edu or Rob Cannella at rcannella01@hamline.edu.

    Required Visits Policy

    Faculty recommendations are essential to the success of the Writing and Communication Center. Experience has taught us, however, that requiring students to use the Writing and Communication Center is counterproductive. 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 and Communication Center pedagogy is based.

    The following guidelines are designed to help faculty and the Writing and Communication 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 and Communication Center.
    • Schedule a visit to your class from a Writing and Communication Center representative.
    • Strongly recommend that a student whom you believe could benefit from the Writing and Communication Center schedule an appointment. (You may find it effective to point out a specific area for improvement in the student’s writing and explain how the Writing and Communication Center can help.)
    • Feel free to offer extra credit to students who schedule Writing and Communication Center appointments. If you choose to do this, please let the Academic Communication Specialist know.

    Please don’t . . .

    • Require all students in a course schedule a Writing and Communication Center appointment.
    • Make a visit to the Writing and Communication Center a required part of an assignment.
    • Ask the Academic Communication Specialist if a student has had an appointment.
    • Discuss with the Academic Communication Specialist your concerns about a student, whether the student in question has made appointments or not.
    • Make a student’s grade on a paper or for a course contingent upon making a Writing and Communication Center appointment. (You may certainly, however, require a minimum level of competence on writing assignments and point out to students that the Writing and Communication Center is the best place on campus to receive writing support.)

    Workshops

    The Writing and Communication Center has some capacity to offer embedded writing workshops. Talk to the Academic Communication Specialist if you feel that a workshop on a particular writing topic would be beneficial for your students.

    Support

    The Academic Communication 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 him at rcannella01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2026.