Services for Faculty
Explore the numerous services, professional development, and resources the Writing Center can provide faculty and staff.
The Writing Center provides one-on-one consultations with trained undergraduate Writing Advisors who are available to conference on any paper at any point in the process. Topics include but are not limited to understanding prompts, brainstorming and organizing ideas, revising drafts, applying instructor feedback, and reviewing citation guidelines.
Hours & Location
While the physical space known as the Writing Center is located on the 1st Floor of Brandel Library (123), we have moved to 100% synchronous, online conferencing in the form of a conversation (audio or video) over a shared text. We open for drop-in conferencing starting Monday, September 7. There is no need to make an appointment; you may virtually “drop-in” by accessing the Writing Advisor schedule posted on our writing center website and sending a message via your NP Outlook email or the MS Teams chat function to one of the WAs on duty: Our drop-in hours are Sunday, 4 pm – 8 pm; Monday-Thursday: 10 am to noon, 1 pm – 5 pm, and 6 pm – 10 pm CST.
ESL1000/ACSR1020 (1 sh)
The English Language Clinic is for students interested in attending one-on-one coaching sessions with an ESL professor in order to improve the formal academic writing they do for any undergraduate course. Please contact Melissa Pavlik (email@example.com) if you would like to add this course. We specialize in helping students to
- identify second language interference issues (grammar help)
- develop academic vocabulary in writing
- apply instructor feedback to revisions
- understand organizational patterns common in American essay writing
- format papers using guidelines that pertain to writing American-style essays
Please note that Cornerstone and WRIT 1000 classes are the top priority for assigned WAs. WR classes are the next priority, then WI classes. Because many of the Cornerstone sections run in the fall, fewer WAs are available for other classes. The supply for WR/WI classes is greater in the spring, though there may be some WAs available in the fall semester, depending on the number of Cornerstone/WI sections being offered and the number of WAs available. We’ve been able to cover requests for spring WR and WI classes, plus some other classes in which a heavy load of writing is a part of the teaching/learning strategy.
A list of projected outcomes intended for the Core Curriculum as a whole. Each of the levels of the Core Curriculum contributes to students meeting these outcomes and it is only through the sequence that a student can be expected to meet all the outcomes.
Factors of Success — C. Martin
A list developed based upon the research of the Documenting Effective Educational Practice project of the Center for Post Secondary Research at Indiana University. It includes the level of academic challenge, active/collaborative learning, student interactions with faculty members, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment.
Grade Characteristics and Criteria — C. Martin
A standard set of criteria according to which essays will be evaluated, including:
- Richness/Originality of Ideas or Synthesis
- Thesis and Topic Focus
- Development of Reasoning
- Organization and Coherence
Would you like a WA or Writing Center staff member to visit your class and give a brief introduction to our services? Look for an email at the start of each term inviting you to receive a visit, and we’ll coordinate our visit to suit your schedule and needs. You can also request a visit at any time. Contact the Writing Center to schedule a visit.
Class visits will likely be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams, but we may be able to conduct a limited number of in-person class visits as safety permits.
The underlying assumptions for this faculty development seminar are that all disciplines want students to think well and that the process of writing can be an effective starting point for thinking: ergo, writing can be a useful teaching method, if our goal is to induce students to think. That’s all fine and good, of course, but how do we effectively incorporate writing into our teaching? This seminar is designed to work at responding to that question. We’ll do some background reading in and discussion of general pedagogy and writing pedagogy, but we’ll also do some hands-on work using our own syllabi/syllabuses and writing assignments and North Park student essays. This is a wonderful opportunity for sustained, in-depth conversation with colleagues from across the whole array of disciplines and for strategizing teaching plans for next year. Participants receive a modest stipend, and all books and copies are made available to you gratis. Contact Melissa Pavlik for further information.
The Writing Center reviews writing prompts for faculty who would appreciate (anonymous) student feedback on writing assignments before assigning them in their classes. Faculty send their assignment to Melissa Pavlik, who removes identifying features, and then circulates the assignment to seasoned WAs. The WAs review the assignments, write up their observations, and send comments back to Melissa. She removes identifying features from the comments and returns the commentary to the faculty member. Those who made use of this service in the past a) thought that their assignments were probably already in pretty good shape, and b) found the feedback useful anyway. Please allow at least two days’ lead-time.
- Faculty and Writing at North Park University: Carol Martin, director emeritus of the Writing Center, explains the approach to writing, both using and teaching it, in the academic life at the University.
- African American Vernacular English (AAVE): AAVE, otherwise known as Ebonics, is explained as an entirely new dialect, not just improper English.
- Conferencing in the Writing Center: The benefits and process of Writing Center conferences in student work.
- Suggestions for Dealing with Writing Assignments: Eight suggestions for helping students be successful in their written work.
- Formal and Informal Composition: How and when to use informal composition in the learning process.
- English Grammar and Linguistics: An explanation of Standard American English.
- Grammar Slippages: The six most common grammar mistakes in student written work.
Browse our collection of PowerPoint presentations for examples of effective PowerPoint design and tools for in-class writing instruction.
Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations
- Salvation Army PowerPoint: An example of an effective PowerPoint
- See What I Mean?: This PowerPoint explains and exemplifies ways to create good PowerPoints and avoid pitfalls.
Writing Instruction/Pedagogy Presentations
For her classic journal article “Responding to Student Writing,” Nancy Sommers studied instructor feedback and found that commentary on student papers was not specific to each student’s essay and could be “rubber-stamped” from one essay to the next. In contrast, here are some examples of responses from our Writing Advisors that give students’ work a fair and thorough reading on its own terms and that respond with feedback designed to generate new, deeper ideas. These are not intended to be entirely exemplary—there is way more commentary here than one instructor could possibly be expected to give. These are meant to give examples of the kinds of comments you could make… not an example of how many you should make!