The Writing Center recruits, trains, and hires its employees each fall through enrollment in an upper-division English course: ENG 39895 Tutoring Writing.
Current Writing Center practice rests upon a substantial and sophisticated body of educational theory related to writing. This course will introduce students to the contemporary idea of a Writing Center and to a tutoring pedagogy which embraces non-directive and collaborative methods as a means of developing stronger writers, and not merely of strengthening or helping to "fix" individual writing assignments.
Though the course is designed with the Kent State Stark Writing Center in mind -- as a means of providing a trained, motivated staff -- it would also be of real benefit to students considering careers in education.
The course will expose students to a wide range of pivotal readings in the field, encompassing the following topics:
For the course, students will be asked to:
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Tutors as Scholars
As part of the Tutoring Writing course, Writing Center tutors are involved in either individual or collaborative research projects on some aspect of writing center theory and practice. Other research projects continue throughout the year. Tutors travel to make scholarly presentations of their work at the Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association Conference each fall and at the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference each spring. Learn more about Tutors as Scholars.