For Faculty/Staff

Update: Writing Center Services for Faculty (effective May 26, 2020)

The Writing Center @ MSU is committed to helping writers wherever they are in the writing process from brainstorming, to drafting, to revising, to editing. This summer we will continue this work remotely; we will meet students online to offer similar services to those we offer face-to-face, allowing students to work with us from wherever they find themselves geographically.

Online Schedule

During the summer of 2020, we will be exclusively online, and you can reach our online schedule through our homepage at writing.msu.edu.

We will be available for online appointments during the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We have two options for online appointments: appointments conducted through Zoom and online appointments in GoogleDocs. With google docs, users will receive an email “Invitation to Edit” before their scheduled appointment; if they have not received this email by 5 minutes after, they should call the center to follow-up, 517-432-3610. Users will be sent a link to a google doc where they will meet with their consultant. Through chat, suggesting mode, and comments in the shared document, they will conduct the session. Students will still receive Client Letters/Notes after the session that can be shared with professors who request it.

Online Chat

We have also instituted an online chat feature that can be accessed through our homepage. This chat feature is intended to answer quick questions, help students make appointments, or troubleshoot any tech issues with their online appointments.  If questions become too lengthy, students will be asked to make an appointment. If users provide an email when initiating a chat session, they can be sent a transcript of the session.

Workshops

We would be happy to provide faculty with the general PowerPoint slide decks used for any of our workshops in the regular menu.  If you would like to have any of these, please send an email request to writing@msu.edu.

New Ideas

We do ask that you not use the writing center as a general class activity, i.e., since we can’t have face-to-face peer review, I’ll send you all to the WC.  We are open to working with you, however, if you want to set up some designated open/drop-in times for your students with a consultant or two who has been briefed on your particular assignment and expectations. We’re also open to other pre-planned ideas. Please reach out to Dr. Grace Pregent at pregentg@msu.edu, and we’ll see what’s possible.