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UWC Consulting Roadmap (updated 3.17.2020)

UWC Online Consulting Roadmap (still very useful in Fall 2021) 

UWC Contract Addendum (addresses professional behavior and responsibilities)

Fall 2021 calendar:

  • 8/30/21 - UWC opens with only faculty and GAs on the schedule
  • 9/3/21 - Opening all-staff meeting from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 
  • 9/6/21 - Starting date for undergraduate consultants
  • 10/8/21 - All-staff meeting from 2:30-4:00
  • 10/29/21 - All-staff meeting from 2:30-4:00
  • 10/29/21 - Deadline to submit the number of UWC hours requested for Spring 2022
  • 11/12/21 - All-staff meeting from 2:30-4:00
  • 11/15/21 - 11/19/21 - New hire interviews
  • 11/19/21 - Deadline to inform Jared regarding interest in working during Finals Week
  • 11/20/21 - 11/28/21 - UWC closed for Thanksgiving Break (including both Sundays)
  • 12/3/21 - All-staff meeting from 2:30-3:30
  • 12/17/21 - Semester Data Summary and Professonal group reports due from faculty

UWC Volunteer Opportunities

UWC Email Archive: Fall 2021, Spring 2021Fall 2020Spring 2020Fall 2019Spring 2019 and Fall 2018Spring 2018Fall 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016


UWC Consulting Roadmap

Refer to or share the UWC Consulting Roadmap handout as a quick reference guide regarding the James Madison University Writing Center's Mission, Vision, and Values; marks of consulting excellence; and essential components of consulting practice.


UWC Volunteer Opportunities: The Next Step

You consult in a university writing center. You help students in academic disciplines across the university to become better writers. You took a semester-long course in UWC theory and practice before you were hired. Since then, you've attended and participated in all UWC all-staff and small-group professional development meetings.

Good! Great, even! What's the second paragraph in your personal statement, or the deeper talking point in your job or grad school interview? What's the story you want tell about your UWC experience twenty years from now?

You don't need to plan that far ahead. Just take a little step: if you're interested in digging a bit deeper into a particular aspect of the UWC experience, or if you want to start building a bigger-picture view of what we're doing in the UWC, simply express your interest in one of the UWC's volunteer opportunities (starting with the list below). And/or express your interest in exploring a connection between your UWC expertise and a local writing community. As you consider taking this first small step, know that your UWC colleagues will notice, encourage, and celebrate your engagement.

  • Write for the UWC News. Immerse yourself even more deeply in UWC events, people, and achievements...and share them with a wider audience. Gain valuable writing experience, get clips, and share what you do as a UWC consultant. We may put out calls for writers with specific story ideas, but we're also open to proposals. If you want to write for the UWC, or if you want to propose or draft or even submit a specific story (on your own or as part of a team), good. Contact Jared or Kevin.
  • Promote the UWC’s awesomeness to your fellow JMU students. Let Lucy ( know if you're interested. She will train you to give our 15-minute UWC intro presentation and schedule you to visit classes that request this presentation.


UWC Email Archive: Fall 2021 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 1:30 PM: Covid Policy Change

Dear UWC:

At Friday's meeting, I said that you could use the small offices (1122 and 1132) unmasked while conducting online sessions. I was asked to discontinue that practice, so you must now be masked in all locations of the UWC. Sorry for the change. 

Also, as a reminder, here are two places where you can review UWC policies and announcements:

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA
Associate Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Monday, August 30, 2021, 12:18 PM: Preferred Pronouns Survey 

Dear UWC,

Our new nametags will include preferred personal pronouns. I would like to have these nametags ready to give to you at Friday's meeting, which means I need your information ASAP. If you haven't already, please fill out this brief pronoun survey: [Editor’s note: check your August 30 email].

As a reminder, we are meeting this Friday from 2:30-4 in the UWC. 

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA
Associate Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Monday, August 23, 2021, 3:17 PM: Back to the UWC

Dear UWC,

I'm excited to see everyone soon! I just wanted to remind everyone of our opening all-staff meeting, which is Friday 9/3 2:30-4 p.m. in the UWC. As you might remember, faculty and GA consultants will go on the schedule starting 8/30, and undergrad consultants will be on the schedule starting 9/6. As of now, we will offer mostly in-person sessions with some consultants available for online sessions.

Please log into WC Online to make sure your schedule is consistent with your availability (particularly if you dropped or added a class). If you see an issue, please email Rudy and copy me.

Below you will find a list of the remaining important dates for the semester:

  • 8/30/21 – UWC opens for the semester (GAs and faculty on schedule) 
  • 9/3/21 – opening all-staff meeting 2:30-4:00 in the UWC 
  • 9/6/21 –starting work date for hourly consultants  
  • 10/8/21: all-staff meeting 2:30-4:00  
  • 10/29/21: all-staff meeting 2:30-4:00  
  • 10/29/21: deadline to submit the # of hours requested for the spring semester 
  • 11/12/21: all-staff meeting 2:30-4 
  • 11/12/21: New Consultant Application due (cover letter and resume) 
  • 11/15/21--11/19/21: new hire interviews  
  • 11/19/21: deadline to inform Jared if you are interested in working during Finals Week (depending on budget) 
  • 11/19/21: deadline to submit Spring 2022 schedule availability  
  • 11/20/21-11/28/21: UWC is closed for Thanksgiving Break (including both Sundays) 
  • 12/3/21: all-staff meeting 2:30-3:30 
  • 12/17/21: Semester Data Summary and Pro Dev group report due [Faculty] 

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA
Associate Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, School of Writing Rhetoric and Technical Communication 

June 21, 2021, 9:22 AM: Schedule and Opening Meeting 

Dear UWC

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far and able to reconnect with friends and family. I just wanted to let you know that the Fall 2021 schedule has been entered into WC Online. Please check over your hours. Also note that the start date for undergraduate consultants will be 9/6 (we will adjust the WC Online dates). Faculty and graduate assistants will begin offering consultations 8/30. If you see any immediate issues with your hours, please send a message to Rudy and copy me. We will make changes when we return to the office in August. 

Another important date is our opening all-staff meeting (in-person!), which will be Friday 9/3 from 2:30-4 in the UWC. If you do not have a class conflict, please hold that Friday time slot open for additional all-staff meetings and your small group meetings. These will be scheduled for the semester by the end of our opening meeting.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in person this fall!

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA
Associate Director, University Writing Center
Associate Professor, School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

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