Services for Faculty

The Writing Center director is available to assist faculty with curricular planning, to support special writing assignments such as senior projects and to accept individual referrals of students who need intensive tutoring in writing. 

Curricular Planning and the College's Writing Program

The director of the writing center and the faculty Writing Advisory Committee work together to mentor faculty and to assist the dean of faculty and the Committee on Academic Policy in administrating the College's writing program.

Peer Tutoring in Writing

Peer tutoring in writing is a key support service for writing at Hamilton. Nominated by faculty and selected from a very competitive pool, the peer writing tutor staff comprises 25 of Hamilton's most accomplished student writers. In the past five years, 69% of graduating writing tutors were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and 93% received college honors. The writing tutors help fellow students with all types of writing assignments and with all kinds of writing needs. The tutors are prepared to help students develop their ideas, to discuss argument and organization and to address major grammatical and stylistic concerns.

The advantages of writing conferences are many. Students having writing conferences discuss their ideas and receive feedback from experienced peer readers, they start writing assignments early, and they write multiple drafts. Hamilton students participate in more than 2,700 conferences a year; 94% of students have writing conferences during their college years. About half of all conferences are required by faculty; the other half are voluntary. If you are interested in requiring writing conferences for your class, please contact the director to confirm dates and provide assignment details.

Individual Referrals

When you encounter students having significant difficulty in writing, you may refer them to the director for on-going, professional tutoring.

Individual Faculty Consultation

The Writing Center director and the faculty members of the Writing Advisory Committee are available to meet with you to discuss any aspect of writing instruction, from designing assignments to responding to final drafts.

Writing Center Materials for Faculty

Many materials on writing are available at the Writing Center and online.

Writing Advisory Committee for 2016-17

  • Betsy Jensen, Economics
  • Ian Rosenstein, Chemistry
  • Katherine Terrell, Literature
  • Quincy Newell, Religious Studies
  • Jennifer Ambrose, ex officio  


Contact Information

Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center

Kirner-Johnson 152
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, N.Y. 13323
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