Writing at the College

About Us

Writing Program at the College

The Writing Program at the College (WPC) partners with undergraduate faculty and their departments to build discipline-relevant writing instruction.

To achieve its primary goal to develop a campus-wide culture of writing, the WPC:

  • Supports faculty in their efforts to integrate writing into their courses
  • Supports students in developing their writing abilities at all levels and in all forms
  • Conducts research and assessment on writing practices and instruction
  • Promotes and celebrates writing throughout the college community

HISTORY

The Office of College Writing is rooted in almost three decades of commitment to student writing development. The Office builds upon a rich history of independent hubs that provided writing support to faculty and students. These hubs are now integrated under one institutional umbrella: Writing at the College.

Brief History:
1990: The Writing Lab opens as a stand-alone department and offers students limited hours each week for writing consultations and tutorials.

1996: The Writing Lab replaces “Lab” with “Center” in its title and focuses on the collaborative relationship between the student and tutor on writing issues.

Mid- 1990s: The English Department provides some faculty support in areas of student writing and writing pedagogy. The Writing Center employs primarily professional tutors.

2000: The College hires a quarter-time WAC coordinator, codes courses as “writing intensive,” and ratifies writing intensive practices.

Early 2000s: The WAC coordinator provides faculty support, but constraints limit the faculty writing agenda. Tutoring continues to be offered primarily by professional tutors.

Mid- 2000s: The WAC coordinator position is eliminated. No significant changes are made to the College’s academic writing agenda.

Mid- 2000s: The Writing Center primarily offers peer tutoring consultations. The Writing Center replaces “Center” with “Studio” in its title to emphasize collaboration.

2011: The Writing Studio pilots co-curricular outreach writing programs as a means of teaching students writing skills that are global in scope.

2013 to 2016: The Writing Studio pilots a Writing Fellows program. English department members and the Studio director work with faculty on writing practices as time allows.

2016: The Writing Studio partners with the Fitzgerald Library to offer some writing consultations in the Library. The Studio moves to a digital appointment format.

2015 to 2017: The General Education program undergoes a detailed process of revision. Academic writing is a central focus in conversations about general education reform.

2017-2018: The Associate Dean of General Education moves to create centralized writing support for students and faculty. The Writing Advisory Group is formed, and guidelines for a vertical writing program are established.

CONTACT US

Writing at the College
205 Saint Mary’s Hall
700 Terrace Heights, #1432
Winona, MN 55987

For questions or comments, contact:
Peggy Johnson pjohnson@smumn.edu or 507.457.1460.


Student writing tutor appointments:

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WRITING AT THE COLLEGE LEADERSHIP

Peggy Johnson, PhD
Director, Office of College Writing

Carolyn Ayers, PhD
Associate Dean of General Education

 

WRITING ADVISORY GROUP

A working group of stakeholders across the College provides insight, information, and advice regarding the teaching and learning of academic writing. In addition to participating in monthly meetings, the Writing Advisory Group offers structural support, reaches out to colleagues to share writing goals, sets short- and long-term priorities, and promotes the growth of writing across the curriculum.

Writing Advisory Group Roster

Carolyn Ayers, Ph.D.

Carolyn Ayers, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of General Education

Professor,
Department of English
Lasallian Honors Program

cayers@smumn.edu
507-457-1523
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM205

Peggy Johnson, Ph.D.

Peggy Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Office of College Writing

Quality Writing Paradigm
Writing Studio
Outreach Programs

pjohnson@smjumn.edu
507-457-1460
Student Success Center, Griffin 70B

Pat Calton, Ph.D.

Pat Calton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy
Lasallian Honors Program

pcalton@smumn.edu
507-457-1550
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM309

Tycho de Boer, Ph.D.

Tycho de Boer, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor

Department of History

tdeboer@smumn.edu
507-457-6995
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM235

Daniel Buckman

Daniel Buckman

Psychology - Assistant Professor

dbucknam@smumn.edu
507-457-6948
Hendrickson Center, HC136

Walter Elder, M.F.A.

Walter Elder, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Department of Theatre and Dance

welder@smumn.edu
507-457-1518
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM308

Shahid Hussain, M.S., MBA, LL.B., DAIBP, CPA

Shahid Hussain, M.S., MBA, LL.B., DAIBP, CPA

Assistant Professor

Department of Business

shussain@smumn.edu
507-457-1434
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM429D

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Fitzgerald Library - Instructional Design and Outreach Librarian

kjohnso@smumn.edu
(507) 457-1511
Fitzgerald Library, LB

Molly Lohnes, M.A.

Molly Lohnes, M.A.

Instructor, ESL Specialist

De La Salle Language Institute
Department of English

mlohnes@smumn.edu
507-457-1776
The Heights, HT102

Deb Martin, Ph.D.

Deb Martin, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biology

dmartin@smumn.edu
507-457-1628
Saint Mary’s Press, SMPG

Patrick O'Shea, D.M.A.

Patrick O'Shea, D.M.A.

Professor

Department of Music

poshea@smumn.edu
507-457-1598
Saint Yon’s Hall, SY150

Steve Schild, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

sschild@smumn.edu
507-457-1753
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM322

Karen Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Karen Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Department Chair, Professor

Department of Education

ksorvaag@smumn.edu
507-457-6638
Griffin Hall, GR206

Jason Spartz, M.A.

Jason Spartz, M.A.

Director

Instructional Technology

jspartz@smumn.edu
507-457-1641
Saint Mary’s Hall, SM126B