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UVM Writing Center: About the Writing Centers

About the UVM Writing Centers

What Are the UVM Writing Centers?

The UVM Writing Centers work to provide writing support to UVM students and is composed of two independent writing centers working in tandem. The Undergraduate Writing Center supports students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at UVM and those enrolled in an undergraduate course through Continuing Education. The Graduate Writing Center supports students enrolled in a graduate program at UVM.

History of the UVM Writing Centers

In 1982, Kathy Skubikowski, a faculty member in the English Department, created the Writing Center as a Living/Learning Faculty-Designed Program. The first group of tutors lived together in a suite in L/L and worked with about twenty students over the course of that first year.

In 1983, Kathy took a position at Middlebury College and Sue Dinitz, also a faculty member in the English Department, became the director. Since then, the Writing Center has been directed or co-directed by Sue Dinitz and Jean Kiedaisch, who retired in 2008. The Writing Center now serves over 1,600 students each year through its tutoring sessions and workshops.

In 1984, the Writing Center joined with the TRIO/Student Services Program to become part of the Learning Cooperative, an academic support center for all UVM students. A second Writing Center location opened in Bailey/Howe Library in 2000, and in 2009 the Writing Center moved entirely to the library to be located with the new Writing in the Disciplines Program.

In January 2016, a new Graduate Writing Center was created under the leadership of Nancy Welch, professor in the English Department. The Writing Center became the UVM Writing Centers, which now includes the Undergraduate Writing Center, directed by Sue Dinitz, and the Graduate Writing Center, directed by Nancy Welch. Also in January 2016, the UVM Writing Centers joined with the Writing in the Disciplines Program, directed by Susanmarie Harrington, and the Foundational Writing and Information Literacy initiative, directed by Libby Miles, to form the Center for University Writing Initiatives (CUWI). Through its offices in 302 Bailey Howe, CUWI provides coordinated faculty development and student support for writing at UVM.

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