Category: Announcements

Summer Internship and Job Applications

The snow is blowing across the sidewalk, the windchill is in the negative numbers, you lean in to the wind and try not to slip on the ice as you walk to class.

Summer seems like a pleasant dream, but a million miles away.

BUT deadlines for applying to summer internships and jobs are fast approaching!

One of the important advantages of going to a university with the influence level of Michigan State is the connections to employers and opportunities for internships.  Often an internship will determine if you have a lucrative job offer waiting for you when you graduate or not.

As you know, that competition for many jobs is pretty fierce.  A key to getting that interview is having an excellent resume. There is a lot more to resume writing than just making sure there are no grammar errors.  Does your resume really communicate your skills and experience?  Does it have a good flow? Does it use layout, font, and content to communicate who you are in a professional manner?

To produce a good resume is quite a skill.  Usually it will take several major revisions to capture the full picture of someone’s skills and experience.  Don’t wait till the last minute and risk missing out on your dream job.

There is still time to get that resume ready. Make an appointment at the Writing Center today!!

Also, the MSU Career Network has produced a great guide to help you prepare for the job hunt. There are helpful questions to ask employers, great suggestions on what to do, and what not to do.

Click here to get the Career Fair Quick guide

Hope to see you around soon!

ECWCA Newsletter Call for Papers: Extended Deadline!

ECWCA Publication Spring 2015
Call for Papers: Millennium Rhetoric in the Writing Center
Deadline: January 31

What does this mean? We are using millennium to help us think about the different forms of writing that have occurred since the turn of the century. We, as rhetoricians, began to think about other forms of composing with the invention and subsequent dissemination of the personal computer. Before we knew what was happening, a few brave souls were suggesting that writing could be interactive with the inclusion of hyperlinks to other texts, to images, to videos, to audio files. Likewise, new forms of writing have continued to spring up and we would like to challenge you to think about how these new forms have affected the work you do in the writing center.

As writing mediums evolve and transition, the writing center adapts to these changes to provide new consulting experiences and pedagogies for all disciplines. The progression of these new forms of writing and changing technological advancements have furthered the capabilities of millennium rhetoric, for example: digital, visual, multi-modal, queer and cultural. These advancements continue to shape Writing Center pedagogical practices that inform how we consult with and learn from international, ELL, and other historically marginalized people.

We invite you to submit articles that engage in this conversation about Millennium Rhetoric by challenging current theories and pedagogical practices and by thinking outside the box of what Millennium Rhetoric means. Share your experiences, thoughts, and practices, as we continue to transition into the new Millennia and expand the roles that the writing center embodies.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please send your submission in the form of an article (1000-2500 words) or Tutor Voices (500-750 words) with MLA or APA for citations
  • We encourage you to use multimedia formats (3-4 min Podcast, 3-4 min video, etc.) for your submissions. We also highly recommend playing with form
  • Please email your submissions to If the files are too large, link them via dropbox to

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: