Undergraduate Research in the Writing Center
As part of their training in ENG 328: Writing Center Theory and Practice, each WC Undergraduate Tutor develops a research project that examines issues related to writing pedagogy, theory, and/or practice. Tutors are individually mentored by faculty members and encouraged to adapt and extend their research projects for presentation at regional and national/international professional and academic conferences.
Selected Research Projects by Tutors
- "Talking Back: Gender and Participation in a Tutorial," Samantha Aurilia
- "A Toolbox for Better Brainstorming," Michaela Shea
- "Empathetic Tendencies: Cultivating Empathy in Writing Center Tutorials and Training," Katharine Werthwine, with Dr. Taryn L. Okuma, Theresa Merrick (Kansas State U.), Maria Ruiz (Kansas State U.), and Dr. Matthew Capdevielle (U. of Notre Dame)
- "Depositing the University: Words, Multi-Word Units, and Academic Language Acquisition in the Writing Center," Lucas Matheson
Presented at the 2015 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, November 5-8.
- “Thinking, Writing, and Tutoring Creatively: Applying ‘Theory of Mind’ to Revision in the Writing Center”
Presented at the 2014 Joint Conference of the International Writing Center Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, October 30-November 1.
Presented at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference, Salisbury University, April 4-5.
Testimonials from Writing Center Undergraduate Tutors
"My own writing and mark as a person have grown because of my involvement in the program. I find it a great credit to the program that, having graduated this May, the thing I’ll miss most about CUA (besides the people) is the Writing Center."
Locations and Hours
The Writing Center has moved. Come see the new location: 219 Mullen Library!
SPRING 2017 HOURS
WEEKEND SATELLITES (walk-in)
Saturdays Main Lobby Mullen Library, 11a-2p
Sundays Leahy 100, 6-9p
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Closed holidays and during university holiday periods.
If the university closes for inclement weather (including early closings and delayed openings), the Writing Center will close and appointments scheduled during this time will be cancelled. If this happens, please reschedule your appointment online.
- Dissertation Boot Camp: June 12-16!
- Ryan Wilson's Writing Center Workshop Talk "How to Think Like a Poet" was published in the Easter 2015 issue of Dappled Things!
- TUTOR DAY, Saturday, April 29: The Writing Center will hold walk-in hours from 2-7pm in the main location, 219 Mullen Library. Come and see us!
219 Mullen Library
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064
Writing Center Phone: 202-319-4286