The Writing Assistance Program (WAP) pairs faculty teaching writing-intensive courses with WAs, who are students trained as peer tutors for RWIT. WAs support your students by responding to essay drafts through marginal notes and end commentaries. If time allows, WAs might also work with student writing in one-on-one meetings or group tutorials. In return for this service, the WAP asks that professors meet regularly with their WAs to discuss expectations, assignments, deadlines, and performance feedback.
While WAs want to serve as resources for your students, they are also eager to further their education. So, much like Presidential Scholars, WAs require mentoring. Expect to maintain regular dialogue with your WA to ensure that you, your students, and the WA enjoy a productive collaboration. Successful WA requests will outline a collaboration that makes good use of WAs’ time and training, provides sufficient work (between 30 and 50 hours per term), and observes program guidelines. Please read program information before deciding whether and how to incorporate a WA into your course.
Please remember that WAs are not intended to replace faculty feedback on student work. If adopting a WA means that you will provide less feedback to your students, we ask that you reconsider your approach. If it appears that WA feedback is replacing faculty feedback in a course where that feedback is integral to the instruction (like the first-year seminar), we may not grant a WA request.