The Center for Writing and Rhetoric was established in 2009 pursuant to the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan to unify the community’s focus on writing instruction.
It is specifically charged with revising the writing curriculum; enhancing; broadening, and expanding writing support services; and reshaping the teaching and learning environment. As such, it oversees tutoring and support for student writers in the Writing Center, as well as professional development and training for all teachers pf writing.
The CWR also promotes writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines by working with individual faculty as well as colleges, departments and programs, to improve the ability of all teachers to reach their course learning goals through inclusion of writing. The CWR seeks to understand, investigate, measure, and improve the many uses of writing across the campus. The CWR also assists the university in its flagship role of articulating writing values through dialogue with Mississippi community colleges and high schools.
The CWR administers the University’s writing centers on the Oxford, DeSoto, and Tupelo campuses; it also directs composition courses for first-year students (WRIT 100, WRIT 101, WRIT 102, and LIBA 102) as well as WRIT 250 (formerly ENGL 250).
The CWR operates as a separate academic unit with Dr. Robert Cummings as its director and with oversight from the dean of the Liberal Arts College. The CWR supports the teaching of writing in all disciplines, and offers workshops on designing writing assignments and responding to student writing as a part of their Writing across the Curriculum initiative.