The Writing Center's Partnership with USM Faculty

Writing is now widely recognized as a mode of learning, and instructors across the disciplines at USM are asking students to write to learn new concepts, develop ideas, or process information. The Writing Center, located on the first floor of Cook Library, is committed to working with you in helping your students become more effective as writers and learners. Our services are free.

To set up a class visit to The Writing Center, call or email Coordinator Gene'O Gordon, eugene.gordon@usm.edu, 601.266.4644

Orientation Request Form (MS Word)

What we offer your students

  • Feedback on any kind of writing project, including essays, research papers, summaries, abstracts, proposals, case studies, lab reports, application letters, resumes, business letters, and creative writing projects.

  • Personalized assistance with projects at any stage of the composing process, from generating topics to proofreading and editing
  • Help in developing strategies for revision
  • Support in evaluating, and meeting, the demands of specific writing tasks
  • Assistance with matters of style, diction, and usage
  • Answers to questions about methods of reference and documentation

What we don't do

  • Proofread students' papers
  • Write papers for students or tell them what to think
  • Guarantee a perfectly composed, edited paper
  • Guess (or second-guess) your grades, comments, or intentions

How we can help you

  • We can help you design effective writing assignments
  • We can suggest ways to respond to students' writing
  • We can work with you on a particular assignment
  • We can give you insights into how your students understand and approach specific writing tasks
  • We can visit your classes to orient your students to Writing Center services, or you can bring them to the Writing Center for a visit and tour, which we highly recommend

How you can help us to help you

  • Give us copies of your syllabi and writing assignments
  • Encourage (but not require) students to use the Writing Center.
  • Advise students to come to the Writing Center early (well in advance of due dates) and often (several times a semester)
  • Understand that our goal is not to edit students' papers, but to help them become effective, confident, and productive writers
  • Come visit us, see where we are located and what we do, and talk with us about how we can support you and your students!
  • Feel free to call the Writing Center at 266-4821, or contact the Director, Melanie Barthleme melanie.barthelme@usm.edu

Writing Resources for Instructors 

A Guide for Writing Faculty

Teaching Writing, A Campus Task

Faculty Guide: Tips on Writing Assignments

Supporting Activities: A Brief Explanation and Example