COVID-19 Updates

BSU is open. An initial plan to return to campus in the fall 2020 semester is now available.

 Department of Language, Literature, & Cultural Studies

For Faculty

 

Check out our Upcoming Events

This semester, we are offering a Faculty Writing Studio and a series of student workshops on citations, proofreading, and more!  Find out more.

Writing Center Supports Faculty Instructors and Faculty Writers

Faculty Instructor Support includes:

Classroom Visits:
We would love to speak to your class this semester and tell your students about the services provided at the Writing Center. Options include playing our online class visit video or contact us for a live/remote visit (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, MS Teams, etc.) by a Writing Center Administrator or Consultant. Whether it be via an asynchronous video or by videoconferencing, we will let your students know who we are, how we help, why they should participate, and how to make an appointment

Syllabus Insert:
We also offer standard language for your course syllabi. Below is our recommended language about the Writing Center for your course syllabi:

BSU’s Writing Center helps all Bowie State University students, faculty, and staff become stronger and more confident writers. Through live/real-time one-to-one remote sessions with our online writing consultants, you will be empowered to overcome challenges in any stage of the writing process, whether you are just getting started or are looking to finish up. We can help you with school papers, resumes, cover letters, creative writing, and any other writing project too. 

To book an appointment, visit our scheduling website at bowiestate.mywconline.com. Based on your preferences and equipment, our online session can include video, audio, and/or live chat. We suggest you plan to make an appointment at least 2 or 3 days in advance as the schedule can fill up quickly.  Sessions last up to 50 minutes.  Any questions? Visit our informational website at www.bowiestate.edu/writingcenter, send us an email to writingcenter@bowiestate.edu, or leave us a voicemail at (301) 860-3720. We hope to see you soon!

Blackboard Module:
The Writing Center offers a video-embedded module for your Blackboard course sites. Contact us for details about how to you can upload the module into your classes; alternatively, we are happy to upload the module for us. To see a screenshot of the module, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Workshops: 
The Writing Center offers six workshops. These workshops are usually run at least once per semester and are open to all BSU students (check our upcoming events). Trained Writing Center consultants or administrators can also do a synchronous workshop for your class (via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, MS Teams, etc.) or provide PowerPoint presentation slides so your students can experience the workshop material asynchronously. To find out more or to arrange to have one of these workshops delivered in your classroom, email us. Current workshops include:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism: Explains the principles of crediting sources and making it clear which information is your own
  • Citations in MLA: Provides basic information about MLA formatting, in-text citation, and creating a Works Cited page
  • Citations in APA: Provides basic information about APA formatting, in-text citation, and creating a list of references 
  • Proofreading for Sentence Structure: Guides students as they proofread their drafts for sentence fragments and run-ons
  • Proofreading for Commas: Guides students as they proofread their drafts for comma errors
  • Proofreading Studio: Provides resources for students to proofread their draft while a consultant circulates the room, offering one-to-one assistance

Student Tutoring:
Regardless of the subject you teach, we are happy to work with your students. Since we find that students who do not voluntarily seek our services do not participate or learn as well in our sessions, we generally suggest that you not require students to visit us. However we know that some instructors disagree and require their students to attend at least one session per semester. Others offer extra credit opportunities for Writing Center visits. Since some instructors wish to know which of their students are visiting the Writing Center, we can verify student attendance as long as the student has granted us permission to do so.

Handouts: 
We provide a verity of handouts and digital links for use as teaching tools or as additional resources for your students.  We welcome all suggestions for handouts and resources that you might like to share with us. See our current collection here.

Consultations:
We are also happy to help you develop effective writing assignments, writing activities for your class, and strategies for supporting your student writers. Please, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment with a writing specialist.

Faculty Writer Support includes:

Faculty Writing Studio Events:
The Writing Center also works with faculty and staff writers. Most semester we offer a monthly or bi-monthly Faculty Writing Series. Find our more by emailing us or checking our Upcoming Events page.

One-to-One Consultations:
We are happy to provide faculty and staff writers with individual, one-to-one consultations. This offer extends to all employees working on any writing project. We are happy to meet with you at any stage of the writing the process. Simply email us to discuss options and times.


Screenshot of the Writing Center's Fall 2020 Blackboard Module

Email us and we will help you upload the module into your Blackboard course site(s), or we can upload it for you!

WC Blackboard Module