The Writing Center is committed to fostering an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for CGU students, staff, and faculty during all phases of the writing process. We seek to augment the graduate experience by offering student-centered programs that encourage collaboration, communication, and education.
The Writing Center’s purpose is fivefold:
To provide friendly, supportive, collegial and process-oriented assistance with writing and presentations to all members of the CGU community;
To assist international students with English language learning and to assist all CGU students with academic and professional discourse at every stage of the process;
To facilitate workshops and presentations for the community at large and specific departments;
To support the professional development of writing center consultants; and
To teach a variety of writing courses.
In 1985 the writing center movement was growing across the country in undergraduate institutions, and Lissa Petersen and the then Dean, Jerry Spanier, decided to start one at CGU. Jeff Groves, now an English professor at HMC, was one of the first graduate-student "consultants" along with Ken Stahl, another English professor in the area. Wendy Martin helped find good consultants. However, after a few years, the center was closed because of CGU's budget problems, but the need remained. It was reopened in about 1990. Beyond the consulting service, the director and the center's consultants led workshops for students on writing topics. Lissa Petersen left the directorship in 1996 to join Pitzer College as a full-time faculty.
Carol Ellis became the Director of the CGU Writing Center in1997. She left for a faculty position in Oregon in 2004.
Provost Teresa Shaw named Ellen Scheible, Sharon Becker, and Devin Kuhn, all CGU PhD candidates, to be an interim team of students to lead the Writing Center until a new director was hired.
Katya Fairbanks began as Director of the CGU Writing Center in January 2005. Shel retired in 2014.
Seth Anderson was named as the interm Writing Center Coordinator for the fall of 2014.
Dr. Mark Pedretti will be the new Writing Center director beginning January 2, 2015.