James Madison University's Course-Embedded Consultant program pairs experienced graduate and undergraduate writing consultants with courses in a variety of disciplines. In these classes, the embedded consultants help lead peer-review workshops, deliver mini-lessons, hold individual student conferences, collaborate on assignment and rubric design, and execute other initiatives to support writing development in that course.

Consultants act as liaisons between professors and students but hold no grading responsibilities. Students, in particular, value the peer interaction, increased feedback, and unique perspective a seasoned writing consultant can provide. Simultaneously, the consultants support instructors with their knowledge of writing assignments, writing processes, and student writing development to enrich the instructor's pedagogy. This dynamic exchange between multiple classroom authorities boosts the level of writing instruction within the classroom and benefits both instructors and students by fostering better habits of mind for effective writing.

Since the inception of the Course-Embedded Consultant program in 2010, Course-Embedded Consultants have brought their years of peer education and writing experience to classes across campus. They have served in courses in Biology, Education, Engineering, History, Integrated Science and Technology, Media Arts and Design, Military Science, Nursing, Philosophy and Religion, Psychology, Social Work, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, as well as the General Education program and JMU Teach.

To learn more about the Course-Embedded Consultant Program or to request an embedded consultant for your course, contact Writing Center Specialist Rodolfo Barrett at barretrl@jmu.edu.

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Austin Jones

Austin Jones 
(embedded consultant)

 

 

As an Economics major involved in many College of Business organizations, I sprung at the opportunity to be a course-embedded consultant for COB300. The experience has been everything I imagined and more. Being able to close the loop between COB faculty and students has been rewarding, and across all the business plans I’ve been able to pick up valuable information I wouldn’t have otherwise. Working with the goal of improving writing pedagogy and the overall curriculum of a course has given me a new outlook on higher education and given me the feeling that I contribute to the matriculation of these students. Overall, being a CEC has made me a better tutor and if I’d recommend it to anyone given the opportunity.

Lydia Erickson

Lydia Erickson 
(former embedded consultant)

For two semesters, I worked with the Military Science department as a course-embedded consultant. This experience gave me the opportunity to grow as a tutor and learn things that both compare to and are different than the Writing Center. Because of the shorter nature of appointments as course-embedded consultants, I had to learn how to quickly set an agenda and be prompt and informative for the people I worked with, which helped me be more productive in Writing Center appointments as well. This is an excellent way to supplement your experience as a JMU student and as a tutor!

Elizabeth Ren

Elizabeth Ren 
(embedded consultant)

Being an embedded consultant for the College of Business was an amazing experience. The autonomy allows you to become the boss of your own practice, and being that liaison between students and faculty allows you to to build rapport with both. Also, as you work with the material more, you are able to be familiar enough with the assignment that you can explain concepts in your own style. Becoming an embedded consultant has definitely helped me grow as a tutor and I'd highly recommend it to anyone that is lucky enough to get the opportunity.

Jenna Scull

Jenna Scull 
(former embedded consultant)

Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, I worked as a course embedded consultant in the ROTC department. As a communication studies major, I had little prior knowledge of the army writing genre. Yet, faculty from the Writing Center and the ROTC department were supportive and continuously enhanced my understanding of the genre. Looking back, I really enjoyed taking on this new level of responsibility. I gave mini-lessons, held office hours and worked closely with the instructor to improve his course. This was an extremely valuable learning opportunity that strengthened my communication, writing and leadership skills.

Kody Sharp

Kody Sharp
(former embedded consultant)

As a CSD major pursuing a career in Audiology, you can understand my concern when I was placed as an embedded consultant in a junior-level engineering course. However, my experience with the Course-Embedded Consultant program has proved nothing short of a wonderful learning opportunity. Spending time with students and faculty to develop the curriculum challenged me to further develop my own research & technical writing skills, as well as improve my interpersonal skills on an individual and group basis. In addition to my own learning, the follow-up with students and their progress in their writing gave me immediate feedback into what strategies worked and did not work. I would say working as a Course-Embedded Consultant has been the single best thing to happen to my own writing and tutoring abilities.

Caroline Prendergast

Caroline Prendergast
(former embedded consultant)

I had the opportunity to work as an embedded consultant in two courses in the psychology department. The program provides an important way for us to create links between our work in the UWC and the efforts of faculty and staff across campus. Further, it enables us to reach students where they are—directly in their classrooms—in order to introduce them to the resources and support we can provide. My time as an embedded consultantn was a transformative experience in my undergraduate career, ultimately leading me to conduct exploratory research on the benefits and uses of the program.

Paul Loman

Paul Loman
(former embedded consultant)

I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work as an embedded consultant for the past three semesters. It's a unique position to hold because it pins you directly between students and instructors. As an embedded consultant, I've learned in the classroom along with the students, tutored outside of class, taught mini-lectures about writing, collaborated with instructors on assignments, and led workshops. I know that my experience as an embedded consultant has helped inform my desire to teach in the future.

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