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Resources for Faculty

In the fall of 2007, the Coe Writing Center and Coe's Writing Across the Curriculum Program designed a new program aimed at providing more in-depth Writing Center assistance to Coe's first-year population. The Writing Fellow Program pairs a Writing Center consultant team with each of the participating First Year Seminar (FYS) classes. The Writing Fellows work with FYS professors designing writing assignments, hold workshops, attend some FYS class sessions, read the class' assigned texts, and meet with their first-year students on a weekly basis.

The expectation is that Writing Fellows will have a greater understanding of the class and assignments as well as a greater rapport with their students, allowing the first-years to be more comfortable conferencing with their Writing Fellows, and hopefully more comfortable with the Writing Center in general.

One great advantage of having a Writing Fellow Program is the opportunity to work closely with a small group of students over the entire semester. A recurrent frustration is that consultants only see a writer in one session and it's difficult to know what impact their questions/suggestions may have had. As a Writing Fellow, the consultant can become significantly engaged in the writing process of a few students and can observe what works and what doesn't in the conferences. This ultimately leads to better consultants, and better writers.

Along with the main role of mentoring student writers through conferences, Writing Fellows can also give writing workshops to classes on various writing strategies. Faculty can arrange to have a workshop in their classroom by contacting their Writing Fellows or by emailing the scheduler at writingcenter@coe.edu.  These presentations are most effective if faculty work closely with fellows to customize the presentation to fit with writing projects for their students.

Overview of all available presentations

Brainstorming Workshop

Below are the materials for the Brainstorming Workshop:

Thesis Statement Workshop

Below are the materials for the Thesis Statement Workshop:

Avoiding Plagiarism Workshop


At Coe College, we expect academic integrity of all members of our community. Academic integrity assumes honesty about the nature of one's work in all situations. Such honesty is at the heart of the educational enterprise and is a precondition for intellectual growth. Academic dishonesty is the willful attempt to misrepresent one's work, cheat, plagiarize, or impede other students' academic progress. Academic dishonesty interferes with the mission of the College and will be treated with the utmost seriousness as a violation of community standards.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's words or ideas without acknowledgement and, when intentional, is a form of academic dishonesty. The unacknowledged use of words or ideas from any published or unpublished sources, including Internet resources or other student papers, constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism may occur intentionally or unintentionally through the omission of appropriate citations. Any ideas or information the student adopts from a source, whether or not directly quoted, must be acknowledged by specific reference in notes or the text. Any words or phrases that are taken from a source must be quoted and cited. Any paraphrase-the restatement of an idea in your own words-must be cited.
The methods of citation and documentation vary from discipline to discipline. Students are responsible for determining the appropriate method for any given assignment or, in the absence of a clearly stated protocol, using any accepted academic method. Guidelines can be found on the library website and in the Writing Center.


Instructors have responsibility for determining whether academic dishonesty has occurred. Instructors shall proceed with sanctions accordingly. Any act of academic dishonesty that results in one of the sanctions below shall be detailed in a formal report filed with the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Cases of unintentional plagiarism may be dealt with through educational procedures such as further assignments requiring the student to practice documentation and citation methods, or by other means determined by the instructor.

Acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:

  • failure of the assignment, i.e. exam, paper, lab report, etc.
  • failure of the class
  • suspension or expulsion

An instructor may impose the first two of these penalties. Suspension or expulsion may be recommended by the instructor but can only be carried out by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Repeated acts of academic dishonesty will result in suspension or expulsion. When academic dishonesty has been determined to have occurred a second time, the Vice President of Academic Affairs shall decide on the student's status at the College.

Below are the materials for the Plagiarism Workshop:

Revision and Editing Workshop

Below are the materials for the Revision/Editing Workshop:

FYS Portfolio Workshop

What is an FYS and an FYS portfolio?

All of the First-Year Seminar (FYS) courses are Writing Emphasis courses, meaning a number of writing exercises will be incorporated into the classes. At the end of the term, students have the opportunity to put together a portfolio of their best papers, which will be read by two to three faculty members from different departments. From this, students experience cross-disciplinary standards for college-level writing, and receive further recommendation for writing courses based on the evaluation of their portfolio.

Below are the materials for the FYS Portfolio Workshop:

"By writing much, one learns to write well."
— Robert Southey