Faculty Consultations: An Extra Dimension to the University of Wyoming Writing Center
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Do we not have enough to do when consulting with students? Why reach out to faculty? The simple answer is that we feel our writing center work is accomplished in collaboration with both faculty and students. It is a center for everyone to talk about writing. The more complex answer is that many benefits are realized by working with faculty as well as students. One direct benefit is that we remove the stigma that the Writing Center is a place for poor writers, a place primarily for remediation. When we give classroom introduction talks, we can honestly say that we work with writers at all levels on all kinds of writing. We mention that we work with faculty as well as graduate and undergraduate students, and that the staff members make appointments with one another. When freshmen arrive at our door, they should not feel they are there because they are problem writers. We want people on our campus to know that everyone can benefit from talking about writing in our writing center, and working with faculty helps get across that idea.