The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3120
https://oakland-edu.zoom.us/j/8471579056
ouwc@oakland.edu

Winter 2021 Hours
Mon-Thurs 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Fri 9:00 AM-5PM; Sun variable, all via https://oakland.mywconline.com


Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Faculty & Staff Services

The Writing Center serves OU faculty and staff in multiple ways. Not only do we provide individualized consulting and classroom presentations for your students, but also we are available to consult on your assignments, publications, and professional documents.

We strongly encourage you to familiarize students with the center in the following ways:

  • Schedule classroom visits or tours: Consultants are happy to join your class for a brief introduction to our services or a presentation on writing-specific content.
  • Include language about the writing center in your syllabus.
  • Offer revision opportunities to students who are willing to schedule a consultation: While some students become resentful if they are mandated to visit the center, most are relieved to discover that consultants can help them to rethink a paper’s design or to translate a teacher’s suggestions into a revision draft, especially if that support might help them to earn a better grade.
  • Encourage all students, not just struggling students, to see the OUWC as a part of the writing process. All writers can benefit from collaborating with consultants to improve their writing communication and achieve their goals.
  • Remind students that our consultants will help writers to recognize and address error patterns in their work as part of the consultation, but the center does not offer a "drop off" service and we cannot edit their papers.
  • Share This Semester in the Writing Center with your students. It explains how to access our services while they are remote. 

To make the most of your students' visits to the writing center, you might also:

  • Provide the OUWC with a copy of your syllabi, assignments, model papers, and rubrics.
  • Submit a Writing Center Referral form for your students.
  • Collaborate with the OUWC director to design specific supports for major assignments.

If you identify specific students who would benefit from writing assistance, please recommend that they come to the writing center. While many of our consultants have experience serving under-prepared and special needs students, please contact the director at wynn@oakland.edu when referring someone who needs intensive support.

We are always interested in how we can more efficiently serve the needs of our faculty and student body.  To make a referral, schedule an in-class seminar, or ask a question, please e-mail us at ouwc@oakland.edu.

In addition to offering services for your students, we can help you to:

  • Draft or revise a manuscript for publication.
  • Integrate your discipline's writing expectations into your course content.
  • Craft or revise assignments and rubrics.
  • Assess the feedback you offer students on writing projects.
  • Document accomplishments for tenure review or assemble a teaching portfolio.
  • Compose a thesis or dissertation or supervise those who are drafting such high state documents.
  • Construct a personal statement.
  • Revise a curriculum vitae.
  • Generate a proposal or mission statement.

Here are links to a few articles by OU faculty and staff, which address concerns organic to writing, assignment design, information literacy, and academic support at OU.

If you write something about your pedagogy for writing and research-related instruction, we will be happy to add it to our list.