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The Writing Center

For More Information, Contact:
Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D. 
Department Head, English
English Department
412-397-6450 Phone
412-397-6469 Fax
Wheatley Center
  Moon Campus 234

Welcome to the RMU Writing Center!  

We provide free, professional tutoring for RMU students who have questions about class assignments/ speeches/ oral presentations, graduate school/ grant/ scholarship applications, artist's statements or other written work.  Our tutors have experience in Writing Centers at a variety of institutions, as well as experience in teaching writing at the college and university level.  All RMU students are welcome.

The Writing Center is in Wheatley 147 (next to the part-time faculty office), just off the Atrium/Crit Space.  It is open during the times posted below.

How it Works:

The Center works on a first-come, first-served basis, so come to the door during the posted times below and print your name on the sign-up sheet, as well as the time at which you arrived.

If the door is closed, please knock and let the tutor know you are here.  If the tutor is available, go right in.  If there is a student already there, please wait in the Atrium until you are called (in the order on the sign-up sheet). Please bring your assignment (from your professor) and your draft in hard copy or on your tablet or laptop.

The Writing Center offers tutoring in a variety of areas: brainstorming ideas, developing a research plan or outline, editing a draft, or proofreading a final paper.

Appointments are generally between 30 and 60 minutes per tutor per week.  This means that students should plan on seeing each tutor for a maximum of 60 minutes per week, subject to availability.  Tutors cannot continue working with students after their posted shift ends or see students outside of posted hours.

What doesn't work:

We aim to help you learn to become a better writer.  We will work WITH you, not write papers FOR you: we are here to help you improve your writing skills.
Due to scheduling constraints, the Writing Center discourages instructors from assigning mandatory visits.  However, if you would like a tutor to visit your class, please email Dr. Pamboukian.

Tips for students to maximize their visit:
  1. Bring the class assignment, application instructions or writing prompt.
  2. Have specific questions you would like the tutor to address.
  3. Bring your draft, notes, or outline.
  4. Bring the grading rubric, if there is one.
  5. If using an important textbook or important reading, bring it.

Student Resources

APA Style           

Resources for Writers (Jack Lynch, Rutgers University)

Tutors:               Wheatley 147        phone: 412-397-5966
Jennifer Beno 
Justin Fanzo
Roger Gillan

Spring 2017 Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 10 until Monday, 
April 24

Final Exam Week:  April 24 - April 29

No Writing Center Hours: 
Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Monday, March 6 - March 10 (Spring Break)
Friday, April 14  (Good Friday)

Writing Center Fall 2016 Hours

Nicole Hitt,
Oct 3, 2016, 8:24 AM