Author: Casey Miles

Website Coordinator Wanted

We’re hiring! The Writing Center is looking for a Website Coordinator to start immediately. 

Website Coordinator Responsibilities

Maintain the day-to-day stability and development of The Writing Center’s main and staff websites, and further develop and expand the sites as the needs of the center change.

Work closely with the Media Coordinator and Web Development Team to develop content management strategies for both the sites and the center as a whole, as well as develop the websites to better integrate Writing Center media including social media, video, audio, and visual content.

Required skills

  • Ability to create and troubleshoot web documents using HTML and CSS
  • Familiarity with and ability to problem-solve in WordPress – codex, themes, plugins, widgets, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of MySQL databases and phpMyAdmin

Recommended skills

  • Ability to code PHP and JavaScript
  • Basic knowledge of and/or experience with information architecture and content management
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics


This position is hourly for an undergrad or grad.  Applicants with the appropriate skill set could also serve as a part of The Writing Center general staff, which includes working with clients on various composing project in one-on-one and small group sessions; and may also include facilitating in-class workshops, especially those on digital topics, e.g., digital video and composing for the web.

Please contact Dr. Trixie Smith, Director of The Writing Center, to apply or ask questions, smit1254 (at) msu (dot) edu . Applications require a letter of interest, a resume/CV, and a writing sample or two.

STAF 2014 Applications Now Being Accepted

The flyers have been sent out and the application is online – STAF 2014 applications have officially opened!

STAF, for those of you who may not know, is short for Strategies and Tools Across Fields: Teaching With Writing. STAF is a faculty workshop series held May 5-9 and August 18 & 19, 2014, and will be facilitated this year by Dr. Terri Trupiano Barry, Dr. Dianna Baldwin, Dr. Catherine Ryu, Dr. Rocio Quispe-Agnoli, Dr. Trixie Smith, and Shari Wolke.

This interactive, faculty-led set of workshops will address issues that emerge when teaching with writing, including:

  • Designing effective writing assignments
  • Scaffolding writing assignments
  • Connections between writing and critical thinking
  • Using peer response effectively
  • Responding to and (re)developing student writing
  • Developing assessment rubrics
  • Teaching discipline-specific genres

The STAF Application can be found at

If you have any questions about STAF or the application process, feel free to contact Shari Wolke at

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Fall Open Mic Night!

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Open Mic Night has been postponed until Thursday November 14th


The Writing Center’s annual Fall Open Mic is here! Everyone is welcome to this event, from slam poets and comedians, to magicians and musicians.

November 14th, 6-9pm @ 300 Bessey Hall

Use this space to read your original work in front of an informal and supportive audience. Or just come for the show!

If you’d like to perform, reserve your spot here: