Center for Writing
Through individual consultations and in partnership with academic departments, the Center for Writing supports students and educators who practice, teach with, and research writing at the University of Minnesota, throughout the state, and around the world. More information can be found on the center's website.
Writing for International Students
The Writing for International Students (WINS) initiative in the College of Liberal Arts focuses on coordinating the teaching and support of undergraduate writing for matriculated non-native speakers (NNS) of English at the university. Activities during AY 2014-15 included offering five additional NNS-dedicated sections of First-Year Writing (WRIT 1301) and two new NNS-dedicated sections of Technical and Professional Writing (WRIT 3562W); hiring graduate assistants to analyze student/instructor satisfaction data in WRIT 3562W and to design a resources website for instructors; and hiring additional personnel in the Center for Writing to meet the increasing demand from international students for Student Writing Support consultations, particularly with consultants with specialized TESOL training. WINS is funded with monies collected from the International Student Academic Services Fee and awarded by the Vice Provost’s Office of Undergraduate Education.
The Department of Writing Studies houses Written Communication, a premier international and multidisciplinary research journal of writing research and theory. Written Communication is published by Sage Publications and edited by department faculty member Professor Christina Haas. Written Communication is ranked in the top third of communication journals, with an impact factor of 1.219 in 2014—a 12% increase from 2013.
Written Communication publishes empirical work on the shape, use, and function of writing as a cognitive, social, material, and cultural phenomenon, with an eye toward building robust theories of writing. Authors conduct research studies on a wide range of topics, including scientific and medical writing; social and critical literacies; writing for social change; material writing practices; argumentation in professional and academic writing; and technologies of writing.
Written Communication also publishes occasional Special Issues on important contemporary trends in writing research. The two most recent Special Issues are titled, “Writing and Ritual, Faith Communities, and Religious Practices” (2015) and “New Methods for the Study of Written Communication” (2013). The editorial board, authors, and readership of Written Communication come from a variety of disciplines, including writing studies, rhetoric, linguistics, history, sociology, educational policy, curriculum and instruction, and psychology.
Typically, a PhD student from our RSTC program will serve as editorial assistant for Written Communication. This opportunity provides doctoral students with on-the-ground experience in the academic review and publication process, as well as valuable access to cutting-edge research and scholars in the field.