Rhetoric and Composition

Community-Based Writing Program

Community-Based Writing Program

Students interested in becoming a Writing Associate must take the RHET401/ENGL399 course, Teaching and Tutoring Writing Across the Disciplines. This course introduces students to theories and pedagogies of writing and speaking, collaborative learning, principles of universal design, disciplinary writing, and the politics of writing and speaking in the realm of education. The class is open to sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors from any major, and we encourage students who are empathetic and personable communicators to apply. Writing Associates are intellectually curious, thrive in collaborative and conversational environments, and enjoy working with their peers and reflecting on their own writing. Writing Associates are also committed to actively engaging and participating in conversations about writing and speaking center theory and practice.

As a Writing Associate you will engage in a variety of writing- and speaking-related activities that may include but are not limited to:

  • Working five to six paid hours in the Writing Center each week beginning the semester you are enrolled in RHET401.
  • Conducting one-on-one sessions in the Writing Center, or in a satellite Writing Center location, such as the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC).
  • Partnering with a course as a Course Writing Associate to work in a discipline-specific setting.
  • Participating in professional development workshops.
  • Engaging in an on-going writing partnership with a student for a semester.
  • Developing and leading workshops on speaking, writing, presenting, and communication. 

Teaching and Tutoring Writing Across the Disciplines is an application based course taught by Professors L. McMillin and J. Cooper. The application process occurs during class registration: in November to apply for the spring semester, and April to apply for the fall semester. The Fall 2017 course, taught by Professor L. McMillin, will be 9:30AM-10:50AM, Tuesday and Thursday. The Spring 2018 course will be taught by Professor J. Cooper.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Laurie McMillin, Writing Associates Program Director (lmcmilli@oberlin.edu)

Ally Fulton, Writing Associate Fellow (afulton@oberlin.edu)