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July 18, 2014 -- Writing Center Continues the Development of CORE Composition Courses with the Summer Online Writing Instruction Institute

After hosting a two-day online composition workshop in April, the Writing Center and the Department of English continued their development of online CORE composition classes by offering a two-week summer institute on online writing instruction. Dr. Beth L. Hewett, who led the spring workshop, paired with Dr. Scott Warnock to lead the first week of training by providing instruction and fully immersive experiences in online environments. Drs. Hewett & Warnock are the preeminent experts in online writing, having published numerous books on the subject and serving as co-chairs of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction (OWI). Presenting on topics such as teacher identity and leading great discussions online, the speakers then provided examples by guiding participants through related exercises in the university’s learning management system.

Having received invaluable guidance from Drs. Hewett & Warnock, attendees of the hands-on second week of the institute focused on putting the principles of OWI into practice as participants designed classes, re-structured assignments and built materials to use online. Using webcams, headsets & laptops made available through the university’s initiative to put CORE classes online, attendees were trained to use familiar resources such as Blackboard Learn and new software such as Camtasia to their fullest extent.

The institute attendees included Jeff Morgan, the Associate Provost of Education Innovation and Technology, Wyman Herendeen, Chair of the Department of English, Marjorie Chadwick, Executive Director of the Writing Center, Rhetoric & Composition professors Paul Butler, Nathan Shepley and Jennifer Wingard, along with several Teaching Fellows, teaching supervisors and interested staff.

The fully online composition classes will be offered beginning this fall.

April 4, 2014 -- Writing Center Hosts Spring Online Composition Workshop

Dr. Beth L. Hewett, past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction (OWI), led a two day workshop on teaching composition online sponsored by the Writing Center and the Department of English. Writing Center Executive Director Marjorie Chadwick and English Department chair Wyman Herendeen welcomed a number of faculty, staff, teaching fellows and teaching supervisors to learn more about the components of OWI, to institute the principles established by national organizations to guide best practices and to expand their use of online tools.

The Spring Online Composition Workshop included presentations from Dr. Hewett, lively discussions among the attendees about their application to writing at the University of Houston, and hands-on practice in effectively using learning management systems to teach writing. The workshop, coordinated by Assistant Director for Writing In the Disciplines Mark Sursavage, is part of the university’s initiative to offer CORE classes online.

Writing instructors and administrators will receive more training in the Writing Center during the Summer Institute for Online Writing Instruction.


Effective Monday, September 24, 2012, the Writing Center relocates to the new Classroom and Business Building (#499) near Melcher Hall.


November 8, 2010 -- Once Upon a Story – Girl Scout University

Writing Center Executive Director Marjorie Chadwick along with Michelle Miley (Assistant Director of Writing in the Disciplines) and Meggie Monahan (MFA student in Creative Writing) participated in Girl Scout University held on the UH campus on November 6, 2010. Dr. Chadwick, Michelle and the Girl Scouts enjoyed talking about writing and rewriting goddess myths. You can read the Girl Scouts original works in progress here.

May 22, 2010 -- Writing Center Administrators and College Partners Present at Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference

Writing Center Associate Director for Writing Programs, Dr. Steven Liparulo, and Assistant Director for Writing In the Disciplines (WID), Michelle Miley, were joined by C. T. Bauer College of Business Associate Dean Frank Kelley and Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management Professor Je’Anna Abbott in presenting at the international conference, which was hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Their panel presentation, “Coherence Within Diversity: Writing In the Disciplines at the University of Houston,” chronicled the history of these two college writing programs and highlighted the diversity of program design. The Bauer College writing program includes entry-to-major writing assessment and tutorials independent of course-work along with a traditional course partnership at the Capstone level, while the Hilton College has opted for course partnerships that feature the facilitated-collaboration method known as “writing studios.”

March 26, 2010 -– Writing Center Assistant Director Presents at the 44th Annual International Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Kyung-Hee Bae, Writing Center Assistant Director, attended and presented at the 44th annual international conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Boston, MA. The session’s topic was “Rediscovering the Role of Peer Tutors.” In the session Kyung-Hee discussed utilizing Writing Consultants to support nonnative English speaking students in writing groups. The session was well attended by instructors and administrators working at writing centers in various countries. She also represented the university on the Awards standing committee as the committee’s incoming chair.

December 5, 2009 -- Writing Center Associate Director Joins Director of Undergraduate Discovery Programs at SACS Conference

Writing Center Associate Director for Writing Programs, Dr. Steven Liparulo, teamed with UH Director of Undergraduate Discovery Programs, Dr. Veronique Tran, to present a four-hour preconference workshop at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Annual Meeting of the Commission on Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop, titled “Capitalizing on the Transformative Power of the QEP,” related Houston’s experience with their Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to the ways in which other schools might seize opportunities for meaningful change through the accreditation process.

February 16, 2010 -- Michelle Miley To Speak at National Convention

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is pleased to announce that Michelle Miley will be speaking at the 2010 CCCC Annual Convention.

Miley, of University of Houston, will be presenting during the session, "Remixing Online Spaces in Professional and Technical Writing." Miley's presentation is titled "Remixing the Writing Group: An Innovative Online Approach to Disciplinary Writing Studios."

The session will be held from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM on Friday, March 19, 2010.

Each year the CCCC Convention draws college faculty members from around the world. They gather to hear award-winning keynote speakers, attend presentations by colleagues on the latest innovations in education, and network to gain knowledge of best practices in the field. The 2010 CCCC Convention will be held March 17-20, 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky.

October 17, 2009 -- Girl Scout University-Once Upon a Story

Once again, Writing Center Executive Director Marjorie Chadwick along with Michelle Miley, Assistant Director of Writing in the Disciplines, participated in Girl Scout University on October 17, 2009 held on the UH campus. Dr. Chadwick, Michelle and the Girl Scouts enjoyed rewriting fairy tales. This year, the Girl Scouts rewrote Rapunzel. You can read their original story here: LINK TO ALTERNATE UNIVERSE RAPUNZEL . We have also included the original story; the link is below.

Original Story:

Rapunzel, by the Brothers Grimm


August 24, 2009 -- UH Writing Center to Launch New Services This Fall

To better meet the needs of our students, the UH Writing Center is initiating two new services beginning Fall 2009: 30-Minute General Writing Consultations and a Live Chat function.

Students can schedule 30-minute general writing consultations for any writing assignment/paper through the Writing Center’s online scheduler. The live chat feature will be available also through the Writing Center’s website for students who have general questions regarding writing.

These two services will replace walk-in consultations.