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Richard Wright Center (RWC) tutors Natasha Arrington and Mariah Christian presented at the conference of the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) that was held February 20–22 at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Together with Dr. Kathi Griffin, RWC Director, and Dr. Tatiana Glushko, RWC Coordinator, they presented on “Replicating a Student-Led Writing Center Study at an...
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Tatiana Glushko For universities in the U.S., including JSU, increasing the number of faculty publications and supporting the development of faculty as researchers and teachers of research has been an important issue. Everyone who writes for publication knows it is not an easy process, especially for someone who writes in a second or third language,...
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  Jessica Trotter, Social Work Major Many students at JSU view their campus as a second home; therefore, we need to advocate for the issues we see here in the surrounding communities of our school. On November 5, 2019, the United States has a gubernatorial general election. I wholeheartedly trust that if the people of...
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Check out the work of two RWC tutors published in Dangling Modifer, an online journal for peer tutors in writing. Arica Norzagaray, a PhD student in Psychology, drew a cartoon, Writers Block, and Anthony Keys, a recent graduate from the Chemistry Department, wrote the Knights of the Writing Center.
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In February 2016 we had a flurry of students visiting the center, all working on the same assignment: They had to write an essay using a Schaffer paragraph structure. (The tutors and I had to google what it means.) Often we see students who are asked to write a cause-and-effect paragraph or a descriptive paragraph. Sometimes...
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What We Do and Why: Engaging Students in Writerly Behaviors In the Richard Wright Center (RWC), we are often asked to "correct" students' papers both before they submit them to instructors and after they have defended their theses or dissertations. Concern for correctness is understandable. After all, professors want to read papers without stumbling over...
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"Students Just Don't Get It" – Yet!  The Role of Feedback in Student Learning By Kathi R. Griffin with valuable feedback from Christopher Peace, Graduate Assistant We often hear faculty say, "Students just don't get it." If we add the word "yet" to the comment, we might then ask, "What can I do?" Feedback does...
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We were invited by the folks at the new blog for the Writing Lab Newsletter (a highly regarded newsletter in our field) to write about our fabulous RWC space for an international audience. To view, click here.  Please check it out!! 
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In a workshop hosted by the Chemistry Department this semester, a group of 25 JSU graduate students asked, "What is 'scholarly writing'?" We love questions like this, especially when students look to us for an explanation. The students said they heard about scholarly writing a lot and weren't sure what their professors meant. Instead of...
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