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ERIC Number: ED278451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-20
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Do Volunteers Work?
Boone, Rieta; Jones, Patricia
An overview is provided of the benefits and problems associated with using faculty members with classroom teaching duties as volunteers in college-sponsored writing centers outside the classroom environment. First, benefits for the school administration, the students, and the volunteer faculty tutors are outlined. These benefits include the following: (1) the school does not have to pay extra salaries for teachers working as writing center volunteers, nor does it need to recruit volunteers from outside sources; (2) seeing the faculty member in a different role may be beneficial to the student; and (3) tutoring in the center offers the faculty member an opportunity to work in an informal setting, free of classroom structure and restrictions, and to change his/her perspective on students. The next sections outline problems associated with such programs, focusing on administrative concerns, which are primarily related to defining the "mission" or goal of the center, and providing financial support for the center's activities; problems with recruiting and screening faculty tutors; difficulties associated with tutor training; scheduling conflicts; and problems with unsatisfactory tutor performance and accountability. Finally, suggested solutions are offered, including organizational and administrative guidelines; and recommendations for staff recruitment, orientation training, refresher sessions, ongoing tutor training, and recognition. (EJV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (8th, Austin, TX, May 18-21, 1986).