May 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Writing Programs

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Writing Programs consist of the first-year writing program, courses in professional and scientific writing, and the Writing Center. Writing programs also support an extensive writing assessment and academic assistance system, which includes directed self-placement, integrated in-course assessment, and portfolio assessment.

First-year writing includes an organized group of interdisciplinary, expository writing courses beginning with WR 101 – Writing and Rhetoric I  and WR 102 – Writing and Rhetoric II  . WR 101  focuses on critical reading and rhetorical analysis. In WR 102 students learn research methods and how to write research reports and arguments. In these courses, first-year students focus on developing audience-aware, purposeful writing for a variety of academic and professional situations that students will encounter both in school and the world at large. More advanced courses focus on extending the source-based writing tasks undertaken in the first year and more specifically address the types of writing associated with upper-division and professional expectations. Writing Programs support multilingual learners by offering English as Second Language (ESL) courses in reading, writing, and speaking.

When students are admitted to the University, they are invited to participate in directed self-placement, which guides the students through the process of selecting the appropriate first-semester course for their ability levels. Students are assessed regularly throughout their first-year writing experience, and those in need of additional assistance are referred to group study conducted by the Writing Center. Students may be required to participate in Writing Center groups at the discretion of their instructor.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in Alumni Hall – Room 108, provides free one-on-one writing assistance, group tutoring sessions, and online tutoring. The Writing Center serves students of all abilities and in all disciplines and assists with any writing needs. Peer tutors and faculty members are available to work with students at any stage of a writing project—including brainstorming, researching, drafting, and polishing. Tutors can assist students with writing for any course or discipline, including essays for the first-year writing sequence (WR 100, WR 101, and WR 102), lab reports, business/scientific writing, research papers and graduate school applications.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit


Justin Everett
BA (Oklahoma State University); MA, PhD (University of Oklahoma)
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Director, Writing Programs

Patricia Egbert
BA (Rutgers University); MS (Texas A&M University);  EdD (Rowan University)
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Coordinator, Writing Center

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch
BS, MA (University of Bucharest, Romania); MA (James Madison University); PhD (University of Minnesota)
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Assistant Director, Writing Programs




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