Director of the Writing Center and
Senior Lecturer in English
Sue has taught writing at the University of Vermont since 1980. She directed the UVM Writing Center from 1983-88 and returned as director in 1998. Sue is currently working with the WID Program to develop an undergraduate peer mentoring program for writing-intensive classes. Her scholarship has focused on teaching writing and on writing centers. Sue has published articles on topics such as the use of Universal Design in writing centers, whether writing tutors need disciplinary expertise, and the complications of inter-disciplinary teaching.
Writing Center Tutors
The Writing Center is staffed by over fifty peer tutors from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. About twenty new tutors are recruited each spring for the following year. They take a year-long seminar (English 104 and English 105), through which they learn how to work with students in a writing center setting. New tutors work for three hours each week in the Writing Center as part of their homework for English 104 and 105, following a service learning model. After their first year, tutors continue to work from 3-6 hours per week and are paid $9.50 to $13 per hour. Experienced tutors often also serve as tutors in our WID Mentor Program.
Writing tutors must be recommended by a faculty member and are then selected through an interview and application process. They need to be good writers themselves, to enjoy working with others, and to have a respectful curiosity about diverse ways of thinking, learning, and communicating. The director tries to select as diverse a group of tutors as possible, with a mix of current first-year students, sophomores, and juniors from a variety of backgrounds and majors.
Faculty members: If there are any students or advisees you could recommend, email their names with a note about their qualifications to Sue Dinitz at firstname.lastname@example.org by early-March. She will write the students, informing them about the tutoring program and inviting them to come for an interview. Students then can apply if they are interested. Selections are made by late March/early April so that students can plan their schedules to include English 104.
Students: If you are interested in becoming a writing tutor, contact Sue Dinitz at email@example.com. You can also watch this short video for more information. For a list of our current Writing Center tutors along with their scheduling information and areas of expertise, or to make an appointment go www.uvm.edu/tutor.
Program Coordinator, Writing in the
Kristen joined the Writing in the Disciplines Program in 2011. As Program Coordinator, she provides operational and budget support, coordinates events, and manages communications, including program materials and the websites, for WID and the Writing Center. Kristen received a BA in women's studies from San Francisco State University and Professional Certificates in Human Recources Management and Non-Profit Management from the University of Washington. Prior to coming to this position at UVM, she worked and volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations providing support and service to women, youth and animals.
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