DePauw’s new Writing Associates work with students in courses across the curriculum.
Working with students one-on-one and in small groups, a Writing Associate may
- facilitate peer review groups inside or outside of class;
- model the collaborative strategies necessary for successful peer review;
- offer in-class, interactive mini-lessons on the writing process and/or a variety of writing skills (i.e. shaping a thesis, writing, conclusions, documenting sources, etc.);
- act as a writing resource by creating a bridge between students, and the writing center;
- attend some classes and model learning behaviors (e.g. active learning, critical analysis);
- hold office hours to discuss specific writing tasks and to help students set learning goals;
- share inside knowledge with the professor about what students are and are not learning;
- offer feedback to the professor on the wording of assignments.
Writing Associates do not meet with students during class time without the professor, rank essays, grade essays, or explain a grade.