Writing Center

The Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 152.


Writing Center Services for Faculty

The Director of the Writing Center and the faculty Writing Advisory Committee work together to mentor faculty and to assist the Dean of the Faculty and the Committee on Academic Policy in administrating the College's writing program. The Writing Center Director is available to assist faculty with curricular planning, to support special writing assignments such as senior projects, and to accept individual referrals of students in need of intensive tutoring in writing. 

Peer Tutoring in Writing
Peer tutoring in writing is a key support service for writing at Hamilton. Nominated by faculty and selected from a very competitive pool, the peer writing tutor staff is comprised of twenty-five of Hamilton's most accomplished student writers. In the past five years, 69% of graduating writing tutors were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and 93% received college honors. The writing tutors help fellow students with all types of writing assignments and with all kinds of writing needs. The tutors are prepared to help students develop their ideas, to discuss argument and organization, and to address major grammatical and stylistic concerns.
The advantages of writing conferences are many. Students having writing conferences discuss their ideas and receive feedback from experienced peer readers; they start writing assignments early; and they write multiple drafts. Hamilton students participate in over 2,700 conferences a year; 94% of students have writing conferences during their college years. About half of all conferences are required by faculty; the other half are voluntary. If you are interested in requiring writing conferences for your class, please contact the Director to confirm dates and provide assignment details. 
Individual Referrals
When you encounter students having significant difficulty in writing, you may refer them to the Director for on-going, professional tutoring.

Individual Faculty Consultation
The Writing Center Director and the faculty members of the Writing Advisory Committee are available to meet with you to discuss any aspect of writing instruction, from designing assignments to responding to final drafts. 

Writing Center Materials for Faculty

Many materials on writing are available at the Writing Center and online. To view materials, see Writing Materials for Faculty. For materials addressed to students, see Writing Center Handouts and Sources and Documentation. A resource library on writing is also available at the Center.

Contact information: Jennifer Ambrose, Writing Center Director     
315-859-4362, jmambros@hamilton.edu
Dorian Critelli, Writing Center Administrative Assistant
315-859-4363, dcritell@hamilton.edu      

Writing Advisory Committee for 2016 -17
  • Betsy Jensen, Economics
  • Ian Rosenstein, Chemistry
  • Katherine Terrell, Literature
  • Quincy Newell, Religious Studies
  • Jennifer Ambrose, ex officio                 
updated 9/29/16