Consulting Support

Welcome!

Feel free to browse this page for helpful links and resources that may assist you while you work.

HCSnaps

S.N.A.P.S.

Be sure to SNAP your fellow coworkers!

If you notice exceptional work ethic, behavior, talent, personality, or more - remember to show your love and support for your fellow Hero Consultants.

Can't stop by and compose a hand-written SNAP? Here's a link to our SNAPS Google Form: SNAPS Link


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Anonymous Feedback

We understand that sometimes, feedback from employees to administration is best given anonymously -- whether that be for comfort reasons, sensitivity concerns, or any other reasonable explanation. We want you to know that our administrative doors and emails are always open! But if you'd like to send information our way, and you'd like to do so anonymously, please consider submitting this feedback via our Consultant Feedback Form

This form will be reviewed on a weekly basis. If you have an urgent concern, consider reaching out immediately. 


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Evaluation of Administration

In order for Pat and Melanie to stay focused on the needs of their employees, it is essential that they receive evaluative feedback on their performance as administrators. Before the 2018-2019 year is over, please fill out the Administration Evaluation form and turn in a completed copy to Lisa in LOH (or email it to her if you're unable to come in person). Lisa will keep all feedback anonymous and insure that Pat and Melanie are unable to access that information. 


Professional Development

The purpose of our Professional Development program is to provide consultants with an enriching experience as peer-writing consultants; therefore, it is in a consultant’s best interest to choose events based on the following: areas of interest, specialization, and to gain diverse knowledge.

In order to meet your 2 required hours of professional development, please review the following options:

 

Fireside Chat

Fireside Chats

These professional development opportunities will take place every Friday @ 3:30pm in LOH 120 (Mothership). The purpose of these fireside chats is to provide consultants an additional opportunity to gain some information and on-going support from their peers/ supervisors by engaging in dialogue. 

*Note: some fireside chats might not count toward your required 2 hours of professional development, but you will be notified ahead of time.

The fireside chats can take the following forms:

Workshop

Mini-Lesson + Hands-On Activity

Lecture

Mini-Lesson + Discussion/Reflection

Guest Speaker

Share Story + Q&A

These fireside chats will be scheduled throughout the semester - so stay up-to-date on the upcoming topics and speakers by regularly viewing the table below.

Workshop

Writing Center Professional Development Workshops

These professional development opportunities will occur periodically throughout the semester, and they may cover topics like citation styles, Google Docs and working online, genre specific training (resumes, cover letters, posters, etc.), and CRP. 

 

GVSU Sponsored Event

GVSU Sponsored Events and/or Library Workshops

These lectures, presentations, and training events occur around campus, and must be pre-approved by either the Writing Center Coordinator or the Writing Center Director to count as writing center professional development (Teach-In presentations, Library or Speech training events, LIB 100 approved events, etc.)

 

Professional Development Calendar

Week

Topic

Title and Presenter/Facilitator

Scheduling Information

Week 1

Aug 26-30, 2019

Citations Trainings: MLA, APA, and Chicago/CMOS

TBD

TBD

Week 2

Sep 2-6, 2019

*LABOR DAY BREAK ON MONDAY

Google Doc Trainings

Patrick Johnson, Director

Scheduled individually; contact Patrick @ johpatri@gvsu.edu or stop by his office at LOH 120

Week 3

Sep 9-13, 2019

The Writing Process: Know the Phases, Stages, and Strategies

 

TBD

TBD

Week 4

Sep 16-20, 2019

Reading and Writing: Literacy Support in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 5

Sep 23-27, 2019

FIRESIDE CHAT WEEK

"The consultant tool belt: Strategies you should know" --

Melanie Rabine-Johnson, Writing Center Specialist

Friday, September 27

3:30-4:30pm

LOH 120

Week 6

Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2019

Second Language Writing: Grammar and Culture in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 7

Oct 7-11, 2019

Language and Identity: Grammar and English Varieties in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 8

Oct 14-18, 2019

FIRESIDE CHAT WEEK

*NCPTW in Ohio Weekend

TBD

TBD

Week 9

Oct 21-25, 2019

Inclusion of individuals with disabilities: Accessibility in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 10

Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2019

Queering the Writing Center: Gender and sexuality in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 11

Nov 4-8, 2019

FIRESIDE CHAT WEEK

"Writing Center as third space, but is it safe?: Boundaries, dialogue, and safety in the Writing Center" --

Melanie Rabine-Johnson, Writing Center Specialist

Friday, November 8

3:30-4:30pm

LOH 120

Week 12

Nov 11-15, 2019

What is writing?: Supporting non-text-based composition in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 13

Nov 18-22, 2019

Reports, memos, & proofs: Supporting STEM writers in the Writing Center

TBD

TBD

Week 14

Nov 25-29, 2019

THANKSGIVING BREAK WEEK

   

Week 15

Dec 2-6, 2019

FIRESIDE CHAT WEEK

"Grammar, flow, and making sense: What writers need to hear when they don't know what's wrong" --

Melanie Rabine-Johnson, Writing Center Specialist

TBD

Conferences

Attending and/or Presenting at Conferences

Consultants can earn professional development credit by attending MiWCA or by presenting at MiWCA, ECWCA, or NCPTW. 

 


During Your Consultation or Your Shift

Training and Educational Resources

"Boundaries: Consulting in the Knowledge Market" - By Dr. Carl Brown, Jen Torreano, Patrick Johnson, and Melanie Rabine-Johnson

"Classroom Presentation Slides" - By Writing Center staff (Updated Winter 2019)

 

"Citation Styles for Peer Consultants" - By Anna White, 2018 - PDF

"Consulting Posters" - By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PowerPoint

"Designing Your Poster"  By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PDF

"Knowledge Market Presentation" - By FMCFWAMA - For Class Presentations

"What Is Grammar?" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

"Winter 2019 WC Staff Meeting Notes" - Presented by Pat and Melanie - PDF

"Working with L2 Writers" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

Links

"Citation Styles for Peer Consultants" - By Anna White, 2018 - PDF

"Consulting Posters" - By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PowerPoint

"Designing Your Poster"  By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2016 - PDF

"Knowledge Market Presentation" - By FMCFWAMA - For Class Presentations

"What Is Grammar?" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

"Working with L2 Writers" By Melanie Rabine-Johnson, 2014 - PDF

Weekly Appointment Support

The Writing Center offers Weekly Appointments (upon request and approval) for certain students. If the student is learning English as an additional language, has permission from a professor, or thinks the extra help is something they need, then they are invited to come into the Writing Center to pick up an APPLICATION. 

Come to the LOH 120 location or contact us for more information about setting up a weekly appointment.

Before calling, be aware of the following:

  • Weekly appointments are serious commitments. We will assign a dedicated consultant to meet with the student for 50 minutes every week. This kind of commitment is for their benefit and should not be taken lightly. 
  • The appointment lasts for 50 minutes. In that time, the student-writer is responsible for having enough work to do - but it doesn't have to be the same every week. They should feel free to bring in any writing assignment, project, or questions to discuss with the assigned consultant. 
  • We try to schedule around your availability. This means, the more available the student is, the easier it is for us to find a consultant who can work with them.

Meet Your 2019-2020 Leads!

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Coming Soon!

Leads are here to help you!

At the Writing Center, we value the peer-to-peer relationship, so think of Leads as your peer support crew. If you have questions about the work, your schedule, your style, or anything else, your leads are here to try and find answers to those questions.

If you are interested in applying to become a Lead, feel free to ask them about the process.

WRT 306

  • If you have just been hired, please read this article before coming to orientation & visit  WRT 306 to learn about our training class for the Fall. 


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