Classroom teaching faculty play an important role in providing writing assistance to their students during office hours and are often the best initial resource for students who are seeking clarification on an assignment, an explanation of a grade or written feedback, or suggestions for improving a draft as they are revising. Faculty also play an important role in suggesting that students seek assistance from elsewhere on campus and help connect their students with available resources.
The Writing Center should be a student's first point of contact if general writing assistance is needed. Our staff will assess the student's needs to determine which option for assistance best fits their needs and will refer students, when needed, to seek additional guidance from a librarian, content tutoring from the Learning Commons, or feedback on a resume or career-related document from Career and Employment Services.
Helping Students Make Effective Use of the Writing Center
Students need guidance on how to make effective use of the variety of services offered on LCC's campus, including the Writing Center. Faculty and staff can play a vital role in this process by helping students better understand our services as they prepare for a visit. If you have required your students to visit the Writing Center, please specify for them whether you have a preference for a specific type of assistance. Students have options to work with us in person or on WebEx. They also have the option of working with a Peer Writing Assistant or Professional Writing Assistant. If you require a specific session format or an appointment with a specific type of staff member, this should be communicated to the student before they schedule an appointment. See more information below about our staff. Download our tip sheet for more information on specific things you can do to ensure that your students have productive and successful visits with us.
Who Works in the Writing Center
The Writing Center is staffed primarily by Peer Writing Assistants and Professional Writing Assistants. Peer Writing Assistants are student employees who have earned a minimum grade of 3.5 in English 121: Composition 1, who have been recommended by a faculty member to work in the Writing Center, and who have completed an intensive training program in writing center pedagogy prior to assisting student writers. Professional Writing Assistants are faculty experts who are experienced in working one-on-one with adult learners in higher education environments. Professional Writing Assistants complete training in writing center pedagogy during their first year of work in the LCC Writing Center.
Proof of Visit/ Reflection Form
The Writing Center does not permit staff to sign students' papers as proof of their visit. Instead, we encourage faculty who need evidence of Writing Center visits to ask students for the date and time of their visit, the first name of the staff member who assisted them, and a brief description of the assistance they received. A simple student reflection form is available for download by clicking the link below. Faculty can feel free to customize it in any way that suits their needs. Verification of student visits may also be obtained by calling us at 517-483-1907 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Responding to the Writing of Non-native English Speakers
With the understanding that expectations vary among academic disciplines, classes, and instructors, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) colleague, Denise Warner, has worked with the Writing Center to provide some guidance for faculty who often feel challenged in responding to the writing of non-native English speaking students. Please Download our tip sheet for more information that might be useful in evaluating the writing of non-native English speakers.