Faculty Resources - Graduate Writing Center

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Faculty Resources

Faculty play a central role in the development of their students' ability to write well and think critically. The GWC is supplementary and complementary to faculty and department efforts, not a replacement. The GWC supports faculty teaching and advising through the following services, listed below and to your left.

GWC Text for Your Syllabi

"The Graduate Writing Center (GWC), located on the first floor of the Dudley Knox Library and at https://nps.edu/web/gwc, is a resource for all NPS students, regardless of your comfort or proficiency with academic writing. The center offers general sessions, hands-on workshops, one-to-one coaching, and materials to support students throughout their time at NPS. During Summer 2020, coaching and workshops are provided in real-time via Zoom, as well as asynchronously."

Writing Feedback Matrix

Faculty can elect to record their evaluation of student writing skills using the provided Word doc. This very simple form categorizes skills by aspects of critical thinking and writing mechanics, with space to add comments. At the bottom are checkboxes to indicate whether GWC support is Suggested or Required. Download the file here.

Writing Rubric

This basic rubric helps you communicate expectations to your students and provide an evaluation for students' written work. We can also work with you to create a customized rubric or create a rubric for research posters and classroom presentations. Download the file here.


Faculty may suggest or require their students and advisees to take one of our workshops, meet with a writing coach on a specific paper, or meet with a coach a certain number of times per term. To file a mandatory referral request with the GWC, click here.

Request an Introduction to the GWC in Your Class

We'll cover the purpose of the writing center, its services, how to sign up with a writing coach in WCOnline, what we don't do and why, the writing process, and why students should engage the Center. We can tailor our presentation to your needs. Contact the GWC.

Handouts, Videos, and More

Faculty are welcome to download materials for their students from our website, list writing-related readings and videos as required course material, or request tailored material be found or developed for use in their classes. See our Writing Resources page.

Workshops for Your Students

Faculty may request that one of our workshops be offered specifically for their students. These can be held in your classroom or the library, during your class time slot or an alternative time and day, depending upon instructor availability. Contact the GWC.