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History of the Writing Center

March 23 1966 The Writing Clinic is established in North Hall to supplement composition courses taught by the Department of English.

1972 The Writing Clinic moves to the English Annex, only 100 yards away from the Department of English main office and classrooms.

1974 First study of writing clinic efficiency conducted by Chad Manis, an undergraduate tutor with a university undergraduate research grant. He found that 48 percent of students who attended the Writing Clinic in Winter 1973-1974 had a one-letter grade improvement from the beginning to the end of their courses. Thirty percent of students reported an improvement of two letter grades or more. 

1978 The Writing Clinic moves to its own facility. Students with any major can apply to be a tutor, but 80 percent of the tutors are English majors or minors. The Writing Clinic also publishes its own tutoring handbook. 

1981-1982 The Writing Clinic changes its name to the Writing Center. A standard tutor application and tutor evaluation form are adopted. An ongoing tutor training program is established (Practicum in Peer Tutoring EN 301).

Fall 1984 The Writing Center moves to Robert Bell, room 291. 


Grammar Crisis Line is added to the Writing Center through the work of Jane Haynes and the Writing Across the Curriculum project.

The Writing Center adds weekly workshops (placed on tapes), starts a conversation hour for nonnative speakers of English, begins walk-in hours, stays open in the summer, and begins advertising with brochures.

The Writing Center hosts the East Central Writing Center Association conference with keynote speakers Jeanne Simpson and James Berlin.

The Writing Center hosts the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.


The tutors begin tutor journals where they communicate with each other and share tutorial stories.

The Writing Center is given computers.


First tenure-line faculty director is hired.


The myWCOnline scheduling program begins to be used by the Writing Center.

Tutor of the Year award and Retired Tutor Hall of Fame are started.


Walk-in tutoring at the library begins and tutoring through AIM begins.


Online tutoring becomes available at the Writing Center.


The Carol S. Chalk Memorial Scholarship for Writing Center Tutors is created. Writing Center tutors publish a tutor training guide To Whom It Concerns: A Handbook for Writing Center Tutors.

Online tutoring hours are extended to evenings and weekends when the Writing Center is closed. The Associate Director of Online Tutoring and Administrative Assistant are hired.



Current Writing Center Directors

  • Erin Banks-Kirkham, Kettering College
  • Nikki Caswell, East Carolina University
  • David DiSarro, Endicott College
  • Emily Standridge, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Dani Weber, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford 
  • Tyler Jessica Weleski, Lancaster Bible College



The Writing Center
Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 295
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306


Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Phone: 765-285-8370
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