Wright State Resources
The WAC Coordinator is available to consult with individual faculty members about ways to incorporate writing in their classes. The WAC office also schedules faculty workshops each term.
WAC Coordinator: Joe Law, Ph.D.
280A University Hall
Phone: (937) 775-2155
The University Writing Center
031 Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Phone: (937) 775-4186
Director: David Bringhurst
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday (Fall)
Note: Evening hours vary in winter and spring quarters. The Writing Center is closed during the first week of each quarter, the last days of finals week, and breaks.
Writers receive help with a variety of tasks, such as generating and expanding ideas, organizing and revising drafts, editing and proofreading papers, and formatting papers according to MLA, APA, or other guidelines. In conjunction with the WAC program, the Writing Center offers workshops linked to specific writing intensive GE courses at instructors’ request.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Director: Dr. Sarah Twill
023 Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Phone: (937) 775-3162
The Wright State University Center for Teaching and Learning provides a number of services, including a guest speaker series, brown bag lunches, book discussion groups, workshops, and a monthly newsletter. Faculty are invited to use the Center’s collection of books, newsletters, articles, manuals, and videos focusing on teaching enhancement. In addition, private consultations and self-assessment programs are available.
Online Resources for Students
The following examples, chosen because they address certain common needs of writers, are merely a sampling of the many resources available online. Please share them with your students.
Many writing centers that offer online tutoring restrict their services to students enrolled at that school; however, some of them (such as Bemidji State University) do work with students from other institutions. Advise students to check carefully.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
This interactive, online handbook, developed by Chuck Guilford of Boise State University, deals with discovering topics, organizing, revising, and editing. It also covers various types of writing (e.g., exploratory essays, argumentative essays, thesis/support essays, informal essays) and documenting sources.
Research and Documentation Online
Developed to accompany Diana Hacker’s handbooks, this site is organized in four large areas devoted to the humanities, social sciences, history, and sciences. Each is subdivided into a section on locating sources and one on documenting them according to the style most frequently used in each area (MLA, APA, Chicago, and CBE style).
Maintained by the American Psychological Association, this is the site to visit for truly authoritative guidance on dealing with electronic resources in APA style. Among the features are an introductory tutorial and a link to corrections for the first printing of the sixth edition (http://supp.apa.org/style/pubman-reprint-corrections-for-2e.pdf).
Evaluating Web Resources
This site provides an unusually thorough set of guidelines for evaluating information found on the Internet. There are exercises to go with the tutorials as well as links to other sites dealing with the same subject.
WSU Writing Web
Developed by members of the Wright State English Department, this site is linked to many writing classes at WSU as well as to help with basic technical computing problems.