The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is committed to fostering an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for CGU students, staff, and faculty during all phases of the writing process. We seek to augment the graduate experience by offering student-centered programs that encourage collaboration, communication, and education.
The Center's purpose is fivefold:
- To provide friendly, supportive, collegial and process-oriented assistance with writing and presentations to all members of the CGU community;
- To assist international students with English language learning and to assist all CGU students with academic and professional discourse at every stage of the process;
- To facilitate workshops and presentations for the community at large and specific departments;
- To support the professional development of writing center consultants; and
- To teach a variety of writing courses.
In 1985 the writing center movement was growing across the country in undergraduate institutions, and Lissa Petersen and the then Dean, Jerry Spanier, decided to start one at CGU. Jeff Groves, now an English professor at HMC, was one of the first graduate-student "consultants" along with Ken Stahl, another English professor in the area. Wendy Martin helped find good consultants. However, after a few years, the center was closed because of CGU's budget problems, but the need remained. It was reopened in about 1990. Beyond the consulting service, the director and the center's consultants led workshops for students on writing topics. Lissa Petersen left the directorship in 1996 to join Pitzer College as a full-time faculty.
Provost Teresa Shaw named Ellen Scheible, Sharon Becker, and Devin Kuhn, all CGU PhD candidates, to be an interim team of students to lead the Writing Center until a new director was hired.
From 1996 to 1999, Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges served as Director of the Writing Center. In addition to inaugurating the Center's email submission service, she spearheaded a Mellon small grant project, working with writing center directors at CMC, Pitzer, Scripps, Pomona, and Harvey Mudd to provide faculty development workshops designed to integrate technology into the teaching of writing across the Claremont Colleges.
Carol Ellis became the Director of the Writing Center in 1999.
Katya Fairbanks began as Director of the CGU Writing Center in January 2005. She retired in 2014.
Seth Anderson was named as the interim Writing Center Director for the fall of 2014.
Dr. Mark Pedretti was named Writing Center Director January 2, 2015. Dr. Greer Murphy joined the team as Assistant Director and Academic Director of the International Fellows Program in July 2016. The office was renamed the Center for Writing & Rhetoric in August 2017.