The Center for Writing and Scholarship (CWS) supports students, faculty, and staff in their development as academic writers, scholars, and practitioners, through in-person and online consultations, courses and community workshops, editing services, and access to resources on academic writing, research, and pedagogy. At CWS, we strive to honor integral, diverse, and creative approaches to writing and scholarship, while empowering scholars through a student-centered approach that values deep listening, process-oriented inquiry, collaboration, and thoughtful communication across complex differences.
What We Do
CWS offers credit-based writing courses, an online writing center, writing salons and peer review groups, in-class workshops and guest lectures, individual tutoring sessions, and pedagogical support for faculty. Along with writing support services, CWS reviews and approves all dissertations submitted for degree conferral by CIIS students, and collaborates closely with a network of Technical Editors in insuring CIIS publication standards are met. Current students may visit CWS' MyCIIS page by logging into my.ciis.edu to learn more about the below core offerings.
Writing Fellows meet one-on-one with students in single appointments, bi-weekly sessions, or on a weekly basis, based on the student's need and the Fellow's availability. While Fellows may not be able to provide feedback on the paper's content from an expert level within the student's specific field of study, each tutoring session is designed to give all students the feedback they need about the general readability of the writing, while providing support in the areas of structure, organization, development, and other important rhetorical aspects. A session can take place at any stage of the process, from brainstorming and prewriting to polishing a final draft or revising based on instructor feedback.
As a part of our writing support services for the international student community, L2, and ESL students, CWS' Editing Services Manager (ESM) provides technical and grammatical editing on papers and assignments at the final stages of the writing process. Distinct from CWS' tutoring services (which focus on one-on-one collaboration), Editing Services focuses on sentence-level edits utilizing Word's Track Changes function. Along with a marked-up document, the ESM provides students with general feedback, encouragement, and suggestions for overall writing improvement.
The Center for Writing and Scholarship offers a series of Academic Foundations courses that are available for enrollment to all students. These for-credit courses provide tools and strategies to assist students in exploring and refining their academic processes. Courses emphasize key areas of scholarly practice that include academic writing, composition and communication, research methodology, and pedagogy. Classes will engage learners using the progressive, whole-person perspectives valued and emphasized as part of the heritage of CIIS, while emphasizing critical thinking, self-reflection, and positionality.
The CWS workshop series offers students an enriching, collaborative space to develop their awareness of a topic related to writing, scholarship, or professional development. As current students themselves, Writing Fellows have a unique view on the writing needs of the student community, and consistently strive to offer workshops that span a range of pedagogical goals, from supporting marginalized voices to offering integral and holistic approaches to the practices of reading, thinking, researching, and writing.
The CWS Fellows Program
At the heart of CWS' mission is the Writing Fellows Program. This competitive program is open to current CIIS and ACTCM students and applications are accepted in the spring. Writing Fellows are selected from a variety of academic disciplines. Over the course of a full academic year, the CWS Fellows Program provides comprehensive weekly pedagogical training, personal and professional development, and compensated work as academic tutors, classroom facilitators, and educators in multiple contexts within the university community.
Applications are accepted in the spring. Please see my.ciis.edu for more details.