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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Writing Center Staff

Justin Bain

Justin Bain

Writing Center Director 

Vita: Justin Bain's C.V.
E-mail: Justin Bain
Office Location: North Classroom 4018C / North Classroom 4014
Phone: (303) 556-6534
(303) 352-3651
Office Hours: Mondays/Wednesdays: 1-2pm (Fall 2011)
Areas of Expertise: Writing Center Theory and Administration; Composition Theory and Pedagogy; Assessment and Evaluation; Writing Across the Curriculum

Education & Degrees

MPhil. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University
MA in English/Composition Theory, California State University, Fresno
BA in English Literature, California State University, Fresno.


While some tend to think of writing centers as supplemental to the work of a writing program, Justin’s own experience has followed a much different trajectory.  Throughout his career, Justin has worked as a writing consultant, tutoring twenty hours per week in the Writing Center at California State University, Fresno—where he co-supervised the Center—and working as a writing consultant for the University College at Syracuse University, a re-entry program for adult students.  As the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Syracuse University, he constructed a comprehensive evaluation of the Writing Center—the first in its history—and administered a Vision Fund Instructional Grant examining issues of diversity in writing.  As the Director of the Writing Center at Westminster, he established the College’s first writing center, designing the space, creating the mission statement, and hiring, training, and evaluating consultants and adjunct faculty. During his two years at Westminster, he expanded the Center’s mission and outreach, enabling the Center to serve 1000 students per year, and partnered with campus agencies such as the McNair Program and Career Center to provide professional writing workshops for students.  In addition, Justin developed a writing lab component for Westminster’s pre-freshman writing courses, allowing students to receive college credit for working with consultants to develop their knowledge and skills in writing.

Under Justin's direction, the UC Denver Writing Center has grown to serve over 4000 students per year and has developed an advanced online consulting component in addition to regular sessions in-Center. And in an effort to increase support for writing and writing instruction on campus, the Center now hosts workshops for both students and faculty. It is Justin's vision to have the UCD Writing Center recognized as an innovative leader in online instruction and web-based assistance to students while continuing to expand its services to the UCD community.

Courses Taught

English 4190/5190: Special Topics in Language and Rhetoric: Literacy in the United States
English 3170: Business Writing: Etiquette and Effective Communication
English 2070, Grammar, Rhetoric, and Style
English 2030, Core Composition II
               Face-to-face, Online, and Web Enhanced sections
English 1020, Core Composition I                                           
Writing Center Training: Theory and Practice