Phone: 616-331-8655

Brooks College Dean's Office
224 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401

Supplemental Writing Skills

Lindsay Ellis, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and Faculty Writing Support

Susan Spears, SWS Support

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies Dean's Office
224 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 331-8655


The mission of the SWS Program is to enable students to write effectively* for multiple purposes and audiences through the integration of writing across the curriculum.


The ability to write effectively in a variety of rhetorical situations is the hallmark of a liberally educated person. The most effective way to help students achieve this goal is by providing a framework for courses that integrate writing with content. The writing instruction in these courses is supported by current research and theory in writing.

We value:

  • A university community that shares responsibility for writing instruction;
  • Writing instruction that is integrated with course material regardless of discipline;
  • Writing instruction that occurs throughout the four years of undergraduate education;
  • Pedagogical approaches that are based in theory and research in composition, including (but not limited to) writing as a process and writing to learn approaches;
  • The importance of practicing the conventions and forms of an academic discipline in order to learn them.

* Effective writing is sensitive to the rhetorical situation and genre constraints. It meets established standards for style and correctness in that situation.

  Last Modified Date: June 9, 2015
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