Resources for Faculty


The GW Writing Center’s services are not only for students. We offer specialized support and resources for faculty members including class visits and special consultations to help faculty plan written assignments for the semester.

Visit the University Writing Program's Faculty Resources page for guidance on designing writing courses, utilizing librarian partnerships and hiring student workers for writing-intensive classes.

Professor Sangeeta Prasad teaches at the front of a classroom next to a whiteboard



Resources for Sending Students to the Writing Center

Many students are first introduced to the GW Writing Center through a professor’s suggestion. But regardless of students’ writing ability, “Go to the writing center” can often sound like a punishment. When encouraging your students to visit the center, it helps to specify what the center can do to help them. For instance, try saying, “Have you thought about taking this to the Writing Center? They can work with you on [getting through a moment when you seem stuck] [helping you reorganize your paper when the structure isn’t working] [figuring out what it is you really want to argue]?” This phrasing can help students realize that the GW Writing Center is not detention. It is a service that can help them improve their communication.

Review our policies for details on confidentiality, group projects, finals and exam material. 

We discourage faculty from requiring that all students make an appointment with the center because we cannot guarantee appointments for any particular time frame. If you decide to offer extra credit to those who take their papers to the GW Writing Center, our front desk office assistants can provide proof of attendance to the student after their appointment is over. 

We strongly recommend adding a reflective element to such extra credit; for example, ask students to submit a paragraph about their experience in the GW Writing Center and how they revised their paper after the visit. This step helps ensure that students come to the appointment ready to engage in the collaborative work of having a peer discuss their paper with them. If you encourage extra credit for a class of 20 students or more please, contact our office coordinator.

Invite a GW Writing Center consultant to visit your class and to explain our services to your students. We will begin offering class visits for the Fall 2021 semester the week of September 13th. Please allow up to one week response time after submitting a visit request. 


Resources for Faculty Teaching Writing


We are happy to work with faculty on assignment design. Our directors are available to meet for individual consultations. Alternatively, faculty may also find it helpful to work with our consultants — graduate or undergraduate — to get feedback on how students are likely to read the assignment prompt. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our directors, please email the GW Writing Center Director or Deputy Director, or contact our main office. To schedule an appointment with a consultant, use our online system.

Writing in the Disciplines (WID) faculty and WID GAs are among GW’s most innovative teachers, crafting and revising assignments to immerse students in the ways of thinking and writing in their respective fields. These Handbooks by GW Faculty gathers some of their wisdom, along with that of others working with writing across the university curriculum. While these resources are aimed at supporting WID faculty and GAs, they can be useful for teaching writing in any GW course.


Resources for Faculty Writing


100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make...and How to Fix Them, is a podcast by Stephanie Dunson is for academics and other writers who need to get work done!

About the Podcast:

"I’m Stephanie Dunson, PhD, former Director of Writing Programs at Williams College. I now serve as an independent writing coach to faculty at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities. From my 20 plus years as an expert in academic writing process and practice, I know faculty are generally the most underserved writers on any college campus. But I’m determined to change that.

My aim in making this podcast is to help you name your challenges and make adjustments that will allow you to develop a writing routine that is sustainable and meaningful."

- "About," 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make 

The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation.