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For Faculty

In addition to working directly with students, the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center offers faculty support for teaching writing in the disciplines. This support will be available to full and part-time faculty members, and will be offered on campus and online.

Faculty can encourage their students to come to the writing center for individual assistance. Our consultants offer students individualized assistance through one-on-one sessions lasting 45 minutes. These sessions can be in person or online, and can focus on any stage of the process, from brainstorming and developing ideas to editing final products.

Specifically, they will discuss assignments, listen to ideas, ask questions, talk about writing strategies, offer constructive feedback, and strengthen students' writing and communication habits. In addition, consultants can assist with small group assignments so long as all members of the group are present.

Faculty are encouraged to work with the WCC to develop expertise on disciplinary-specific conventions specific to the assignments students will bring in to the center.

Services include assistance on the following:

  • Academic Projects (papers, theses, dissertations)
  • Professional Projects (resumes, CVs, cover letters, grant applications, articles for publication)
  • Personal Projects (creative writing)
  • Digital Projects (PowerPoints, posters, infographics)

Each college has two faculty members who act as liaisons between their college and the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center. Participation can be counted toward university service, leadership, and engagement.

Communities are assisted by NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center faculty and staff members and faculty writing delegates. Community members—typically selected by a college—will identify concerns about student writing and writing instruction and investigate the best practices to address those issues.

The WCC offers a series of "teaching writing in the disciplines" workshops designed to meet the needs of faculty interested in expanding or improving their use of writing in your classes to help students learn more effectively. Check the list or calendar below for times and descriptions. Faculty members who want to utilize the writing fellows program should complete this series. Participation will be counted toward university service and engagement. If you have any questions about WCC faculty workshops, contact Dr. Eric Mason at

Faculty workshops can be attended in-person or online via GoToTraining. If you want to attend online, simply click the GoToTraining link below next to the workshop you wish to attend virtually and enter your information.

Winter 2018 Faculty Workshops

  • Writing in the Disciplines: Where to Start
    Explore approaches to using writing in the disciplines | Eric Mason, Ph.D.
  • Developing and Sequencing Writing Assignments
    Learn how to create engaging and useful writing assignments that target course goals | Molly Scanlon, Ph.D.
  • Responding to Student Writing Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the feedback you give to students on written projects | Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D. and Star Vanguri, Ph.D.
  • Assigning Oral Presentations
    Learn how to design oral presentation assignments that best meet the goals of your course | Stephen Andon, Ph.D.
  • Facilitating Peer Review [Note revised dates/times from initial marketing]
    Discover best practices for having students read and respond to their peers’ written work | Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.
  • Creating Multimodal Assignments
    Learn how to design assignments that encourage students to go beyond the written word (through images, audio, and other media) | Eric Mason, Ph.D.

NSU Faculty Workshop Calendar

This series will offer a quarterly forum for discussions about writing and the teaching of writing. Faculty and staff members from across the institution will be encouraged to submit proposals to present/lead discussions.

Faculty and staff members from the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center will organize an annual one-day symposium where faculty members can share best practices across the disciplines.

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