Apr 25, 2019  
2009-2010 University Catalog 
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The writing program consists of the first-year writing program, courses in professional and scientific writing, a minor in professional writing, and the Writing Center. The writing program also supports 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. 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 profession expectations. The writing program supports multilingual learners by offering English as Second Language courses in reading, writing, and speaking.

In addition to the courses they teach, the writing program faculty operate the Writing Center. The Writing Center serves students of all abilities and in all disciplines and assists with any writing needs. The center offers one-on-one tutoring sessions, large-group workshops, and tutor-facilitated small groups that are integrated into writing curricula.

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 seminars conducted by the Writing Center, which provides students with additional academic support in a small-group environment.


Miriam Diaz-Gilbert
BA, MEd (Rutgers University)
Lecturer in English
Assistant Director, Writing Center
Phone: 215.596.8769
E-mail: m.gilber@usp.edu

Justin Everett
BA (Oklahoma State University); MA, PhD (University of Oklahoma)
Assistant Professor of English
Director, Writing Center
Phone: 215.596.8736
E-mail: j.everet@usp.edu

Christina Hanganu-Bresch
BS (University of Bucharest); MA (University of Bucharest);
MA (James Madison University)
Phone: 215.596.8892
E-mail: c.hanganu-bresch@usp.edu

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