The University Learning Center (ULC) can send a representative to your class to give a general overview of the Center and its services, consisting of a PowerPoint presentation and a demonstration of how to make an appointment.
The ULC also offers various writing-related workshops (see common topics below), all of which can be tailored to fit particular needs.
To schedule a visit and/or a workshop, submit a Workshop Request Form.
Individual ULC orientations for instructors are also available. To schedule one, please contact Jeannie Kahaney, ULC Director.
Special Faculty Workshop: Teaching Academic Writing
Every semester, the ULC offers a faculty workshop (PDF) which reviews the fundamentals of academic essay writing, presents writing activities you can use in your classes, provides tips on what to look for and address when reviewing a student essay, and discusses how to provide effective criticism.
Common In-Class Workshop Topics
Fundamentals of the Academic Essay
Writers at all levels of skill can benefit from this exploration of the essay, from pre-writing to conclusion. The role of writing as a process, as well as academic writing and its conventions and purpose, forms the basis of the discussion.
How to Develop a Strong Thesis
A solid thesis statement dictates the architecture of an essay. In this workshop, the presenter reviews the characteristics of a strong thesis as well as pitfalls to avoid. The presenter then discusses how creating a well-defined thesis statement helps organize ideas and define perspectives while enhancing a paper’s clarity.
Plagiarism and Citation
This workshop explains what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. The session familiarizes students with the concept of crediting sources and discusses when and how to quote, paraphrase, or summarize sources. The workshop also provides an overview of The Chicago Manual of Style's rules for citations and footnotes. Particular attention is given to the appropriate citation of art, book, film, music, and Internet sources.
This workshop helps students develop their oral presentation skills, whether they are confident public speakers or fearful of speaking in front of an audience. The workshop leader demonstrates and discusses techniques for engaging an audience and feeling comfortable and confident in front of even the toughest crowds. This workshop is particularly useful for students who are preparing for a presentation and have a work-in-progress to practice with.
Guidelines for Instructors (PDF)
Preventing Plagiarism: What Faculty Can Do (PDF)
How You Can Help Us Help Your Students (PDF)