RISD Writing Center—Important Updates for Faculty

The RISD Writing Center is here not just for students, but for faculty, too. If you’ve never stopped in to see what we’re all about, please do—we’re right next door to the Faculty Lounge (in CB240). In the meantime, please visit our website at www.risdwritingcenter.com. And here’s a shortlist of updates as we begin the new year:


Staff Introductions

This fall, we welcome Meredith Barrett as our full-time Coordinator. Meredith brings a strong background in teaching composition and tutoring writing, an MA in English from Portland State University in Oregon, and a deep commitment to supporting student learning to her work in tutor training and administration. She joins Jennifer Liese, Director, our two part-time professional staff—Peter Carney, ESL Writing Specialist, and Anne West, Graduate Liaison—and twenty-four amazing grad and undergrad peer writing tutors.


Post-grad Fellows

This year, the Writing Center is working with Ruthie Scarpino, Post-grad Fellow in Public Speaking in Art and Design, and Emily Cornell du Houx, Post-grad Fellow in Developing the DP Report. Both will be researching and developing workshops around their topics; faculty interested in talking or collaborating with them, please contact jliese@risd.edu.


Fall Workshops

In addition to one-to-one peer tutoring, the RISD Writing Center offers year-round workshops designed to help all RISD students build or refresh writing skills. This fall, topics include research and documentation, developing a thesis statement, and writing an artist statement among others. See the full list here. Workshops are offered to all students at scheduled times, and we’re also available to present any of these workshops (adapted as needed) in classrooms on faculty request. To schedule a workshop (or a 10-minute intro to the Writing Center) for your course, please contact mbarrett01@risd.edu.


Referral Policy

We rely on faculty to help us spread the word to students who could benefit from peer tutoring in writing, and we believe that all writers—strong, struggling, aspiring, reluctant—can make their own writing more effective with support from a “second set of eyes.” We discourage “required” visits to the Writing Center for two reasons: students who come voluntarily are more apt to benefit from tutoring; and we can’t guarantee open appointments during busy weeks, especially when a whole class is required to visit at once. That said, if any of your students are having extraordinary challenges with writing or you would like to involve us in class writing projects, please e-mail jliese@risd.edu to discuss options.


Finally …

Here is a link to our recommended faculty resources list.

Many thanks and best wishes for a great semester.


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