Writing Program

Resources for Instructors

Writing Consultations

Anyone has the ability to make an appointment with the Writing Program Director to discuss assignment design, assessment materials, and writing pedagogy. During these sessions, you can expect individualized attention given to your needs and the needs of our students.


Scaffolding the writing development of students has been vastly different from my own process of learning how to write. I realized my writing skills do not translate into skills in facilitating the writing development of others.  I really appreciated the chance to dialogue with a colleague who helped me label the types of errors I encounter when I read student work.  As you stated, knowing whether a student is struggling with grammar or clarity of thought is important and leads to different assignments/ interventions[...]I also appreciate the opportunity to have my assignment and grading rubric evaluated as part of your writing tutors class. - Erin Way, Psychology

I appreciated the excellent suggestions related to writing assignments, the scaffolding of those assignments and the use of writing mentors.  I am amazed and delighted with how much I learned in our half hour together about engaging students in active and effective writing. - David Rehyer, Behavioral Health

During our consultation, Rachael was familiar with the course materials I had sent her and prepared with concrete ideas and materials that I could easily incorporate into my assignments. Rachael easily adapted the conversation and her suggested based on my level of understand and the objectives for the course and assignments. Rachael was respectful of my time and yet provided thoughtful, helpful guidance. – Robin Zappin, Physical Therapy

The advice and assistance in helping to help break the assignment up into pieces, scaffold I think was the word, and creating a clear rubric which allows for the assessment of clear error free language but only a small portion of the grade is reflected in that, was essentially ground breaking for me.  There was clear evidence for these practices in helping improve writing outcomes and frankly I felt a little foolish for not having sought help sooner[…]I can say that this is the most I have learned about instructing effective writing ever. – Adam Heinze, Biology


Co-teaching & Workshops

Writing Program Specialists can also visit your class to teach a particular writing skill or to lead a workshop customized for the needs of your students. In these classes, you can expect a presentation of material and interactive activties designed to apply new writing knowledge. When possible, a trained student Writing Mentor will also attend during these lessons. In order to plan one of these workshops, instructors are expected to meet with the Writing Program Director. Instructors are encouraged to play an active role in both developing and teaching the lesson. Workshops might include topics such as professional tone, incorporating sources, APA citation, peer review, and brainstorming. 

Writing Mentors Program

Writing Mentors are carefully selected undergraduates who have been trained to enhance student writing in all the disciplines. Additionally, WMs are available as consultants for instructors who are teaching Writing Enhanced courses. WMs are available to support students and faculty both inside and outside the classroom in the following ways:

  • workshop assignments and rubrics with faculty
  • design Writing to Learn activities for use in the classroom or Learning Center
  • create tip sheets on various writing topics for faculty
  • assist faculty in presenting Writing to Learn workshops in the classroom
  • work with small groups of students on writing assignments

If you would like to work with a mentor, or if you have a student who you would like to recommend to the program, please send an email to rachael.zeleny@alvernia.edu

For Com 100/101 faculty:

Template Syllabus

Sample Com 101 Syllabus

Sample Research Paper Prompt

Sample Research Rubric

** For access to the Blackboard Collaborative Teaching Site, please contact Rachael Zeleny at rachael.zeleny@alvernia.edu. This site offers lesson plans, sample syllabi, assignment prompts and other teaching resources.

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