Writing Center Fast Facts
- The writing center was founded at GVSU in May 1979 by English Professor Walter Foote.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, we conducted over 12,700 one-to-one consultations with writers across the university.
A recent assessment revealed that students are just as apt to work with writing consultants on content, organization, and development issues as grammar and mechanics.
Writing consultants work with students one-to-one or in small groups on a weekly basis in all first-year writing classrooms--WRT 098 and WRT 150.
The top 10 disciplines (other than English and writing) from which we saw student writers in 2012-2013:
- Liberal Studies
- Public Administration
- Social Work
- Our current staff includes writing consultants majoring in nursing, history, cell and molecular biology, international business, journalism, advertising and public relations, psychology, writing, English, music--and more!
- Our staff includes:
65 undergraduate and graduate peer writing consultants
3 graduate consultants (three of whom are full-time graduate assistants)
4 student receptionists
1 full-time COT-3
1 half-time AP coordinator
1 half-time professional consultant
1 full-time director (AP)
Since 2004, peer writing consultants from GVSU have regularly attended and made presentations at Michigan Writing Centers Association Ideas Exchanges (fall) and East Central Writing Centers Association conferences (spring). In November 2010, two of our consultants made presentations at the International Writing Centers Association conference in Baltimore, MD. This November, nine of our consultants will make presentations at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.We are proud of the consultant's professional development and the scholarship they produce!
- In 2011, two of our consultants won awards from the East Central Writing Centers Association. Allie Oosta was recognized with the Tutor of the Year award, Jennifer Torreano was recognized as the Leader of the Year.
Page last modified October 21, 2014