May 23, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog

ENG 311 - Writing Center Theory and Practice (3)

Writing Center Theory and Practice offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to explore the origins and operations of what have become exciting hubs within many higher education institutions across the last half-century: writing centers. Students will consider such spaces as sites for supporting writer learning and development, exploring the politics of language, and producing professional and scholarly knowledge. Successful completion of this course is the only prerequisite experience to apply to work in the Doane University Writing Center and will enable students to

  • describe the writing center’s evolving history and role in higher education,
  • recognize discourse communities and investigate the histories shaping their rhetorical practices,
  • practice composing and responding to writing using various modes and technologies,
  • demonstrate flexible one-with-one and collaborative pedagogies to serve a diversity of writers,
  • analyze how literacies and power affect the ethics and politics of writing center work,
  • reflect on personal practices and growth, and contribute to the wider writing center studies community.