Writing Mentors serve particular classes by consulting with students in those classes about their writing.
Mentors are nominated by Faculty members across the curriculum.
Each Writing Mentor:
- attends the class he/she/zi serves
- consults with the professor about writing assignments and responses
- meets with students outside of class
- sometimes organizes peer workshops
- takes a 2-credit class called Teaching Writing, offered through the Writing Lab
- receives $9.10/hr
Goals of the Program:
- help students and faculty view writing as a process intimately tied to learning
- encourage revision
- create a conversation about writing among the student body
- empower students to view themselves as writers communicating to an audience, not just as students writing for a grade.
The program resulted from the findings of the Portfolio Project, a college-wide assessment project that began in 2007.
Participants in the 2010 summer workshop identified the need for more support for teaching writing across the curriculum.
The Writing Mentors program resulted.