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Spring 2020 Dates and Deadlines

UWC Consulting Roadmap (useful as a handout); UWC Contract Addendum (addresses professional behavior and responsibilities)

UWC Volunteer Opportunities

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Spring 2020 Dates and Deadlines
UWC Greeter Schedule Spring 2020


opening all-staff meeting (session essentials refresher): 2:30-4:00 


UWC Spring 2020 soft opening (faculty and graduate assistants)


UWC Spring 2020 grand opening (all consultants)


all-staff meeting (genre awareness): 2:30-4:00

3.8.20 - 3.15.20

UWC closed for Spring Break (both Sundays) 


all-staff meeting (assumptions in the writing center): 2:30-4:00 

4.6.20 - 4.10.20

hiring interviews (tentative)


all-staff meeting (marketing our transferrable UWC skills): 2:30-4:00

  • deadline to submit your # of hours requested for fall 2020 
  • deadline to request Finals Week hours (depending on budget) 


deadline to submit Fall 2020 schedule availability

5.1.20 - 5.7.20

finals exams (the UWC will remain open on a limited basis during Finals Week; only UWC faculty and graduate assistants are required to work during Finals Week)

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: Spring 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 11:21 AM: Two Reminders

Consultants, please consider attending the following Learning Centers workshop this Friday:

Wondering how to translate your LC skills to future employers or graduate programs? Curious as to how your skills can transfer to future careers? The Learning Centers is hosting a learning opportunity on February 21 from 2-3 in our space to talk about how you can market the skills you have learned in your LC job to future employers and graduate programs.

Laura Hickerson, the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement from Career and Academic Planning will be joining us for this conversation. Back in the fall we sent out a survey to all LC student staff asking what you wanted to learn and this was one of the hottest topics. We hope that you'll turn out for this valuable opportunity!

Also, please be more vigilant in checking your hourly projection sheet before your turn in your timesheet. I had several timesheet errors in which the hours on the timesheet did not match the hours on the projection sheet for the pay period. Each time this happens, I have to contact you to figure out why they numbers are different. This takes up time, especially when I have over 40 timesheets to process. Also, please use the UWC Timesheet from the Learning Centers Canvas page (it's at the bottom of the list after you click "Files" from the left side navigation). It should have "Jared Featherstone" printed under supervisor printed name. This saves me a lot of time and carpal tunnel problems

Hope you are having a good week!

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

Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:36 AM: Hourly Projection Sheets and Session Reports

Colleagues, I just want to remind you that the hourly projection sheets are past due. If you haven't turned yours in, please do so by 5 p.m. today. Also, as we enter the first full-schedule week, remember to prepare for your sessions by reading past session reports and remember to file a session report for every session you conduct. Thanks!

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:18 PM: Pizza (and other first meeting notes

Colleagues, I hope your break was restorative and pleasant.

Indeed, we will have pizza for all, so please arrive with an appetite. Also, please bring your planners, calendars, laptops--whatever you use to keep track of your schedule. We'll be scheduling small group meetings, going over important dates, and, if time permits, completing the hourly projection sheets.

New hires (people who were just hired in the fall), please send a photo (high resolution, just you, no red cups) and a short bio. Check out the Meet the Team page for examples. Consider including any information clients might find useful (such as fluency in another language or experience in particular writing genres).

Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday!

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

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