Writing at the College

About Us


Student writing development plays a vital role in many undergraduate courses. The College offers an interdisciplinary writing paradigm designed to guide and support students in their progress as academic writers.


The Writing at the College paradigm

  • supports students in developing their writing abilities at all levels and in all forms
  • supports faculty in their efforts to integrate writing into disciplinary courses
  • mentors students in outreach programs connected to writing
  • conducts research and assessment on writing practices and instruction
  • promotes and celebrates writing throughout the campus community


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.


Currently there are no openings for Writing Studio tutor positions or Writing Outreach Program leadership positions. Please check back later, or contact: pjohnson@smumn.edu.


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.

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