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University Writing Program

The University Writing Program (UWP) comprises several interrelated programs designed to support the use of writing as a powerful tool for thinking, inquiry and communication:

  • Drexel Writing Center (DWC) helps all members of the Drexel community think through and develop their writing projects, primarily through one-on-one consultations with Peer and Faculty Readers.
  • Curricular Initiatives support and develop programmatic writing offerings, including Writing Intensive (WI) courses at Drexel. These offerings are designed to help students practice writing, give them opportunities to use writing as a tool for learning, and introduce them to the writing conventions and practices of particular fields or disciplines. We also work closely with faculty to help them teach writing in their courses.

    Through its curricular initiatives, the University Writing Program (UWP) works on projects to support and develop writing offerings throughout Drexel’s curriculum. Our goals for these projects are to promote good writing experiences for students and provide support and professional development opportunities for faculty who incorporate writing into their courses.

    In AY 2013-14, the UWP engaged in over 80 projects involving more than 400 students, 90 faculty and staff, and dozens of academic programs and units. This work often includes overlap with the Drexel Writing Center and our Strategic Initiatives.

    Currently, the UWP’s curricular initiatives focus on:

    • Continuing to work with faculty/programs to develop and certify Writing Intensive (WI) courses
    • Developing a productive process for the recertification of existing WI courses
    • Developing the Department of English & Philosophy’s Minor in Writing and associated writing courses
  • Strategic Initiatives connect stakeholders on transformative projects that span units across the University in an effort to reshape and re-envision the use of writing at Drexel.

UWP Annual Report 2013-2014 [Interactive PDF]

Faculty Consultation

Members of the UWP frequently consult and collaborate with faculty and staff across the University. Faculty and staff can use the consultation form to request help with writing-related projects or issues such as:

  • Using and teaching writing in your courses
  • Incorporating writing goals into your syllabus/course plan
  • Creating informal writing assignments to support student learning
  • Revising or creating major writing assignments, or developing strategies for response to student writing
  • Developing writing workshops tailored to your students' needs

The UWP can also meet and work with programs (or attend faculty meetings) to discuss how writing can work cohesively within an entire unit.

Request a consultation


Scott Warnock, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Director, University Writing Program

Janel McCloskey
Assistant Director, University Writing Program: Drexel Writing Center

LeeAnn Ransier '18
BA, English, CoAS
Operations Manager, Drexel Writing Center

Rachel Wenrick
Associate Teaching Professor of English
Associate Director, University Writing Program: Strategic Initiatives
Co-Director, Minor in Writing

Dan Driscoll
Associate Teaching Professor of English
Associate Director, University Writing Program: Curricular Initiatives
Co-Director, Minor in Writing

Marianallet Mendez-Rivera, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
University Writing Program Faculty Fellow

Vincent Williams, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
University Writing Program Faculty Fellow

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!