We provide students with the resources to succeed in graduate school by becoming independent writers and communicators. Students can find the consultants they work best with, and interact with them in a variety of instructional modes: in person, online, or by email. Students can also engage with the Center through workshops, webinars, courses, and dissertation boot camps.
Students can use the Center during any stage in their writing process, from brainstorming to outlining, from drafting to reviewing, from polishing to presenting. And they can work with us on a range of projects, from papers to posters, from class discussions to conference presentations. The Center does not offer editing or proofreading services; rather, our consultants will help students strategize how to best approach a project — whether it is due tomorrow, next week, or in a year.
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 was responsible for moving the Center into its custom-designed space on 12th Street. She also inaugurated the ever-popular Dissertation Boot Camp program, and oversaw the development of the Center's first course offerings, LANG 100 and LANG 101. 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 Scholars Program in July 2016. The office was renamed the Center for Writing & Rhetoric in August 2017.