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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The Writing Center

Information for Faculty

Please note that the Writing Center is currently unable to assist Denver Campus faculty or staff on their own writing -- in regular, in-Center sessions -- on the Denver Campus. We will, however, continue to assist faculty with professional-development and course/curriculum concerns (i.e., designing assignments, creating rubrics, discussing effective commenting strategies, etc.). Please bring these concerns to Justin Bain, (303) 556-6534.

NEW: We are developing online workshops that faculty can upload and offer students via their Canvas courses. Arguments & Thesis Statements is currently available! Scientific Writing and Analysis in Academic Writing are currently in development. Email or call us to learn more.

The Writing Center plays a vital role in achieving the educational goals of the University by helping writers clarify their ideas and their expression of those ideas. We can best fulfill that role when we understand instructors' assignments and expectations.

Consultants do not proofread, edit, or correct papers, nor do they supply language or ideas in helping students develop their topics; none of these contributions would advance the pedagogical objective of the Center. Our goal is to help students better clarify their thinking and articulate their ideas.

Consultants typically focus on global concerns first: addressing the assignment, organization, coherence, etc. We do, however, also assist with sentence level issues: grammar, mechanics, punctuation and proofreading strategies.

Please note that consultants will not assist students with take-home exams unless we have received your permission in advance. You can call or email the Center at any point in the semester to do this.

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Informational Class Visits

We can come to your class to provide a brief (5-10 minute) presentation with brochures (and optional multimedia) that gives students an overview of our services and how we can help them succeed in your class.


Custom In-Class Workshops

We can also assign a consultant to your course:

  • to provide mini-workshops on writing-related topics, such as documenting and incorporating sources, plagiarism, or writing in your discipline.
  • to conduct peer-review workshops.

To request a class visit or custom workshop, please download/fill out/return the following:
Class Visit/Workshop Request Form for Faculty (.doc form)


Referrals & Required Visits

Faculty are always welcome to refer individual students for assistance or require/offer extra credit to entire classes for coming. We provide signed confirmations of student visits -- we call them Blue Sheets because, well, they're blue -- but our policy, FYI, is that students are actively engaged in session work for at least 30 minutes in order to receive one.

Before referring/requiring an entire class to visit, please read our suggested guidelines below, and then email or call Director Justin Bain at (303) 556-6534 /


Faculty Support

The Writing Center endeavors to offer practical and theoretical discipline-specific support to faculty who teach writing and writing-intensive courses.  The Director is available to meet with faculty individually, or with departments as a whole, to collaborate with you on developing writing assignments, rubrics, and response paradigms to fulfill your pedagogical goals.

If you would like more information or would like to receive support for your courses, please contact Writing Center Director Justin Bain at (303) 556-6534

For Faculty Workshops Click Here