The Center for Writing is committed to assisting your students with their writing, reading, and critical thinking. We work collaboratively with students through questioning and in-depth conversation so that they can make connections between class discussions, readings, and their own ideas. This results in more thoughtful writers who strive to make their writing more organized and clear.
We work one-on-one with students as they write, but we do not write their papers for them, nor do we proofread their work.
Most frequently, we work with students who care about their writing and their learning and have the initiative to come to us. They are interested in trying out their ideas, in talking through a difficult concept or reading, or in having an immediate audience for their writing. Your students are not tutored in their disciplines in the Center for Writing, nor do they come only because they are desperate or failing their courses.
Our conferences with students are confidential. We leave it up to the students to notify you that they have had a conference with us. They may do this by submitting the forms we provide to them at the end of the conferences.
Your students will most likely want to talk to us about:
- organizing their ideas
- focusing on a main point and writing a thesis
- documenting their sources and effectively incorporating others' ideas into their writing, and
- revising their writing at the word and sentence levels.
- Provide information about the Center for Writing (including our hours and location) to your students at the beginning of your course, in your syllabus, and in class. Mention us again as you assign writing.
- Encourage all of your students to see a peer consultant, not just those you think need remediation.
- That said, by all means talk to the Director, Dr. Susan Callaway, if you have specific concerns about a student who is struggling in your course.
- Visit the Center yourself or talk to Dr. Susan Callaway about our services. Do this especially if you are considering requiring your students to see us. Please do NOT require students to see a consultant.
- Request our brochures to distribute in your classes and to have on hand in your office.
Find a copy of CFW information to include in your syllabus in the "Handouts for Faculty" section to the right.
The consultants and many students understand the value of the face-to-face conversations we commonly hold. However, we do offer two types of online consultations so as to be more accessible for students: eTutoring and online.
eTutoring: Students do not need to be present during the appointment. The consultant will review the draft during the appointment time and email it, along with their comments, back to the student.
Online: Students need to be present at the time of the appointment so they can collaborate and chat online, in real time, with the consultant.
For more information about these online appointment options, see our Make an Appointment page.
We have the same mission and follow the same methods with students in our online work: we ask questions, engage the writer in critical analysis, and avoid proofreading or editing.
Again, please do not require your students to come to the Center for Writing. We have our hands full with students who choose to come and see us. Furthermore, we don't have the staff to accommodate conferences with entire classes by a due date. And students tend to resent the requirement, making for an unhappy conversation.
Instead, feel free to set up an extra credit opportunity and contact Dr. Susan Callaway as you do so at (651) 962-5602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you help your students learn about incorporating evidence into their writing, you may find it helpful to direct them to the following resources:
- Video explaining plagarism and how to avoid it from CCC Library
- Consultants in the Center for Writing
- Our St. Thomas librarians
- Resources and informaiton from Purdue Owl
You can also check out the St. Thomas Integrity Policy.
The Center for Writing provides important, individualized support for ESL students at St. Thomas throughout their writing process. We do not have any special worksheets or workbooks, but prefer to focus on a particular assignment they're doing for a class.
If students are having difficulty writing in English, there are several additional resources available to them at St. Thomas:
- English Language Consultants (through the Center for Academic Achievement) are a new resource for students developing their abilities to read and write in English. Their hours, location, and contact information are available on the Center for Academic Achievement website.
- Professor Suzanne Donsky, ESL Specialist in the Center for Writing, has extensive experience teaching ESL students. Students can make an appointment to speak with her about particular papers they are writing. She also teaches classes in the English department specifically for ESL students. Contact her at email@example.com or 651-962-5694.
- ELS St. Paul is a private vendor affiliated with St. Thomas (currently housed in the Summit Classroom Building on Summit Avenue). They provide a variety of courses for learning English. More information is available on the ELS website.
- Private tutors can offer intensive tutoring for students. Contact the Center for Writing for a list of available professionals.
We are also committed to supporting you as a writer through the Faculty Writers Program, a collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development. Through on-campus retreats three times a year and workshops on scholarly publishing, the Director of the Center provides support for you as you write throughout the calendar year.
For Your Undergraduate Classes Check out the Services for Undergraduates for our listing of useful sites to which we've linked, including Purdue University's Online Writing Lab. Purdue's OWL is a classic and trusted site in the field.
For Your Graduate Classes In our Services for Graduate Students we've included resources that can support your students as they develop their presentation skills as well as their writing skills. Please note also the links to Columbia University's School of Social Work Writing Center, as well as St. Thomas's School of Education Graduate Writing Center.
The Academic Integrity Policy we've linked to St. Thomas's policy that defines plagiarism.
Please access information on the Faculty Development web site on the Faculty Writing Retreats, the Friday "Hide and Writes" in the Center for Writing, and the individual consultations you can have with the Director of the Center for Writing. As a full-time, part-time, or adjunct faculty member, you have access to the support you need for your scholarly writing.