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The mission of the Walden Writing Center’s faculty support is to provide personalized training, advice, and resources that assist Walden faculty members in effectively communicating scholarly writing guidance to their students, which supports improved student and faculty experience, progress to degree completion, and development of strong scholar-practitioners.  

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  • A monthly e-mail for faculty is available by contacting Amber Cook. See the updates to the right of this column for the most current message. Archived updates are here.
  • A weekly newsletter, with upcoming webinars and a writing resource and tip of the week, is available by contacting our webinar coordinator at wcwebinars@waldenu.edu. This newsletter is primarily student-facing, but many faculty members subscribe and use it to copy and paste relevant tips into their classrooms.

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April 2018 Updates for Faculty

If you'd like to subscribe to monthly updates like the ones below, please contact Amber Cook to be added to the e-mail list.

How Many Sentences Are Needed in a Paragraph?

  • We’ve gotten this question a lot lately, from both students and faculty. As much as writers would love hard numbers, there really isn’t one for this situation. According to the APA manual (2010), a paragraph with one sentence is “abrupt,” and paragraphs that run more than a page may “lose your readers” (p. 68). The manual does not, however, prescribe an ideal number of sentences. Good paragraphs are created by more than calculating the perfect length; see our advice on constructing effective paragraphs for more.

Paper Review Videos

  • As we’ve mentioned here and on our blog, studies have shown that students who make at least three writing appointments per term improve in overall academic success rates. If your students are hesitant to make their first appointment, try pointing them to our new paper review videos, which briefly explain the process of obtaining a paper review and how to make best use of the feedback.

Faculty Webinars

  • We hope you’ll join us at this faculty webinar, but if you can’t make it to the live session, register anyway! We’ll include you on the list to receive a recording and other follow-up materials.
    • Top 10 APA Headaches of Walden Writers
      • Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 Eastern
      • This session covers the most common APA errors of Walden students, with tips for addressing them in feedback. Participants also share their own top errors and strategies for coaching students toward APA compliance.

Bookmark This: Request a Writing Center Presenter for Your Faculty Meeting

Cut-and-Paste Announcement: Doctoral Capstone Kits

  • Those of you mentoring doctoral capstone writers may want to recommend our Doctoral Capstone Kits for your mentees:

The Writing Center has a collection of kits to help students when writing a doctoral capstone, and those can be found here: http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/formandstyle/kits. The kits correspond to the different stages of this process and are as follows: Preproposal Kit, Proposal Kit, Final Study Kit, Form and Style Kit, and Post-Graduation. The Writing Center staff has curated its most helpful resources for students at each stage, so this is a helpful resource if you’re not sure where to start.

Writing Tip of the Month: Citations and References Terminology

  • Students are often confused about how to discuss in-text citations and references. In the APA manual and on the blog run by the APA manual editors, in-text citations are referred to in two ways: narrative (when the author’s name is part of the sentence itself) and parenthetical (when the authors name appears inside parentheses). The word references refers to the full bibliographic information housed in the reference list. You can help students by using these terms in discussing citations, and by pointing to our resources on the topic.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Writing Center Toolbox for Faculty! I'm Amber Cook, the Writing Center's Associate Director of Faculty Outreach and Support. In this role, I receive frequent questions and requests from faculty who need strategies to help support Walden writers. This toolbox contains resources developed by the Writing Center for this purpose, along with resources developed by your fellow faculty members. Can't find what you need? Want to request a resource? Contact me any time at amber.cook@mail.waldenu.edu.