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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

2014-2015 Cohort

"Writing within the Music Major at Catholic University," Gretchen Midgley
"The Second-Year Experience: Expanding the Outreach of the Writing Center to Sophomores," Mark Strycula
"Gender in Catholic University's Writing Center," Samantha Aurilia


2013-2014 Cohort

“Catholic Identity and the Writing Center,” Audra Nakas
“Cultivating Writing Culture through the Writing Center,” Wesley Cocozello
“Writing Process and Potential: The Importance of Early Stages of Writing,” Mary Catherine Amerine
“The Influence of Space on Writing Center Appointments,” Patricia Mars

Conference Presentations


  • "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.


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 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

“[ENG 328] was one of my favorite courses that I have taken at CUA. It was a great way to end my last semester here.”

"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


Fall Semester Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 11am-2pm (Mullen Lobby)

Sunday: 6pm-9pm (Murphy's Lounge)

 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.


Students in Online Programs

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Current Events

  • "Revise and Conquer" A Writing Center Workshop for English 101. Oct. 10 @ 7:30pm in Hanan 106

Contact Us

219 Mullen Library
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064

Writing Center Email:

Writing Center Phone: 202-319-4286
Director: Dr. Kevin Rulo
Director of Undergraduate Tutor Program: Dr. Taryn L. Okuma
Graduate Assistant Director: Bethany Besteman 
Outreach Coordinator: Hannah Bormann