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ERIC Number: ED404647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Engaging the Faculty: A Successful Strategy.
Petersen, Lissa
One professor's motives in organizing writing workshops with panels of faculty members talking in their fields about writing issues were both political and philosophical. As director of the writing center at the Claremont Graduate School, in 1993 she feared that with latest round of budget cuts the writing center was in danger of elimination. Concern was growing that too many professors were perceiving the writing center as only a remedial and editing service. To remove the stigma of remediation from the center a sense of "a community of writers" among the professors and students was created. Professors were encouraged to promote the center to their students, all kinds of students, not just the weakest ones. Out of discussions with professors and administrators came the idea of"Talking about Writing Workshops," where 3 or 4 faculty members would speak to students in their discipline about what they do when they write and what they look for in student writing. A synthesis of what professors have said at these workshops shows a consensus among professors from all disciplines. Their advice is strikingly similar to Maxine Hairston's definition of good writing: "Good writing is writing that succeeds in saying something worthwhile to a specific audience for some purpose." These writing workshops have not only helped the writing center politically; they have also assured its tutors that they know what they are doing, that they can effectively tutor a student in economics and other fields. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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