• University of Kansas Writing Center – Featured Writing Center

    University of Kansas Writing Center – University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas

    Describe your institutional context.

    Our writing center is a unit of Undergraduate Studies within the University of Kansas. We provide resources to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Kansas, and we also provide resources to faculty and staff. We operate in several locations on KU’s main campus including the University’s two biggest libraries and three Residence Hall locations. Additionally, we provide E-Tutoring and Online Consultation hours for both undergraduate and graduate students, educational workshops for classes, graduate student writing groups, graduate research/write-ins, and collaboration between our main KU campus, KU’s Edwards Campus, and Haskell Indian Nations University. For KU faculty and staff, we provide a Faculty/Staff Day of Writing that focuses on productive, quiet writing as well as individual meetings with a KU Writing Center consultant or Libraries research specialist. Our Writing Fellows program also allows our fellows to work closely with faculty and students on writing in a variety of KU Core courses across the University.

    Most recently, our resources have expanded to include a Thesis/Dissertation Accelerator, additional afternoon hours for graduate students, and a new Residence Hall location.

    What are your hours during the academic year?

    We operate Mondays-Thursdays from 9:00 AM-8:00 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. We also offer Sunday hours from 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM. In addition, we provide Residence Hall hours Sunday-Thursday from 5:45 PM-8:00 PM at varying locations, and E-Tutoring and Online Consultation hours by appointment.

    If you have a mission statement, what is it?

    We will provide qualified writing consultants who support the academic mission of the University so that you can work confidently in our writing centers. We will create an environment, at each of our sites (Writer’s Roosts), that is accessible, comfortable, and productive. We will help you understand and practice writing-to-learn for writing in all subjects now and for writing in the future. We will help you understand and practice many strategies effective writers use, from brainstorming to editing. We will support your growth as a writer and provide the expertise, the resources, and the space and time to work with you on your writing while you are here at the University of Kansas.

    Tell us about how your writing center is staffed.

    Our writing center consulting staff includes both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Kansas. Currently, we employ 15 undergraduate consultants, 15 graduate consultants, and 9 undergraduate office assistants. Our Administration Team includes three staff members with expertise in writing center pedagogy and several students (both undergrad and grad) who work in administrative roles at our writing center.

    Tell us how your tutors are trained.

    Our new staff members are trained with in-depth orientations at the beginning of every semester with an emphasis on implementing our Mission Statement, learning about how to approach the writing process, and the ability to participate in discussions with current employees. We train our tutors to become sounding boards for a diverse array of writing projects and to be advocates for inclusivity and active listening.

    Tell us about the writers you work with.

    The KU Writing Center, a unit of Undergraduate Studies, provides over 7,000 face-to-face and online consultations annually to writers from KU Lawrence, KU Edwards, and other educational institutions. KUWC also offers a Writing Fellows program at the graduate and undergraduate levels; class visits and in-class workshops, graduate writing groups, and multiple writing events during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. As part of the global community, the KU Writing Center fosters diversity in all of its dimensions and supports writers in reaching their personal and professional goals. All writers, with their unique life experiences, worldviews, languages and voices, are respected and welcomed. We provide an environment that is conducive to diverse learning styles and forms of expression, and we respect writers’ use of their home languages and world Englishes.

    Tell us about some programs and/or collaborations your writing center participates in.

    Our programs and collaborations are included in our answer for “Institutional Context” above.

    Tell us two additional things you’d like people to know about your writing center.

    We are continuing to expand our reach on KU’s campus, and every year we add new programs to better provide resources for students.

    The most rewarding part of all the work we do is seeing students learn.

    Who should I contact if I want to know more about this writing center?

    Anna Sidor, Marketing Coordinator, a513s065@ku.edu

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