The Writing Fellows program at Endicott College is directed by the Writing Center, supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning and cooperating departments, and closely aligns with Writing in the Disciplines (WID) and Writing Fellows models at other institutions. In this program, undergraduate are placed in positions of peer leadership where they are role models for other students, acquire greater professional experience in writing, reading, and critiquing work within foundational, honors, and specific disciplines, and collaborate with faculty to improve writing instruction across campus. In the Writing Fellows program, collaboration among peers, sharing work-in-progress, and continual revision are seen as some of the most effective ways to learn about writing.
The program began in the Fall 2012 semester with two peer writing tutors, collaborating with two faculty members in the School of Arts and Sciences to improve student writing in a Psychology Research Methods and Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities course. Originally conceived as a model for upper-level writing designated courses, the Writing Fellows program has adapted to include fellows in ENG 101: College Writing Seminar, LST 100: Seminar for Academic Inquiry, Senior Thesis I, and Honor courses, which are writing-intensive, if not writing designated.
In the current model, students enrolled in courses where a writing fellow is present submit a draft of major assignments to the fellow approximately two weeks before it is due to the instructor. The fellow responds in writing to each draft, returns the drafts to students, and then prepares a summary of comments for the instructor. Students then revise and meet for one-to-one conferences with the fellow before handing-in the final version. The students then submit drafts and comments from the writing fellow with the final version for the instructor. At the discretion of the faculty members, writing fellows may also be asked to facilitate in-class peer review session, out-of-class tutoring sessions, or workshops on writing-related topics.
Responsibilities of Writing Fellows:
It is crucial to understand that writing fellows are not teaching assistants and do not take the place of the instructor in the classroom. As upperclassmen, writing fellows may have a working knowledge of the content in the course they are assigned, but they are not expected to be specialists or experts in the discipline at the level of the instructor, nor are they expected to provide an evaluation of student writing (i.e. a grade value). Instead, writing fellows act as facilitators for good writing, both inside and outside the classroom, by offering suggestions for revision and discussing strategies that will enable students to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas for course assignments.
Faculty members interested in the Writing Fellows Program should contact the Director, Dr. David DiSarro at firstname.lastname@example.org