University of Houston Writing Center
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Mission Statement


Writing is thinking. It is an indispensable activity for every discipline conducting research within a university setting and an essential component of a university education. Ongoing instruction in writing helps to initiate students into the changing intellectual demands of university life and introduces them to the complexities of their chosen disciplines and professions. Because writing provides the tools to discover and articulate solutions to intellectual problems, improved writing remains a continual goal of university education.

To address these concerns, the mission of the University of Houston Writing Center includes the following activities:

Assessment: developing effective means of evaluating student and institutional writing needs that promote curricular innovation and provide informative directions for both students and teacher.

Writing Instruction: providing instruction in writing that meets the diverse needs of a student population at undergraduate, graduate, and professional level.

Curricular Innovation: promoting the creation of new writing curricula to meet changing student and disciplinary needs, reexamining present curricula to respond to new practices in the field of writing instruction.

Community Outreach: establishing outreach programs and partnerships that make available the results of the Center's inquiries and activities in the teaching of writing and foster collaboration with the region's educational and professional communities.

Professional Development: encouraging the ongoing professional development of faculty and staff across the full spectrum of disciplines.

Research in the Teaching of Writing:fostering the creation and dissemination of new knowledge about the teaching of writing in a large public institution serving an urban, multi-ethnic, multilingual community.

Mission Statement

Writing is thinking. It is an indispensable activity for every discipline conducting research within a university setting and an essential component of a university education. Ongoing instruction in writing helps to initiate students into the changing intellectual demands of university life and introduces them to the complexities of their chosen disciplines and professions. Because writing provides the tools to discover and articulate solutions to intellectual problems, improved writing remains a continual goal of university education.

To address these concerns, the mission of the University of Houston Writing Center includes the following activities:

Assessment: developing effective means of evaluating student and institutional writing needs that promote curricular innovation and provide informative directions for both students and teacher.

Writing Instruction: providing instruction in writing that meets the diverse needs of a student population at undergraduate, graduate, and professional level.

Curricular Innovation: promoting the creation of new writing curricula to meet changing student and disciplinary needs, reexamining present curricula to respond to new practices in the field of writing instruction.

Community Outreach: establishing outreach programs and partnerships that make available the results of the Center's inquiries and activities in the teaching of writing and foster collaboration with the region's educational and professional communities.Professional

Development: encouraging the ongoing professional development of faculty and staff across the full spectrum of disciplines.

Research in the Teaching of Writing:fostering the creation and dissemination of new knowledge about the teaching of writing in a large public institution serving an urban, multi-ethnic, multilingual community.

Our History

The Writing Center began humbly in 1999, in the basement of Agnes Arnold Hall. It employed ten writing consultants who did walk-in tutoring only. Its two classrooms were a hodgepodge of salvaged computers from the English Department and two brand-new video projectors, with which innovative faculty and TAs taught the first technology-enhanced humanities courses at the University of Houston.

On June 6, 2001, tropical storm Allison hit the Gulf Coast, killing four people and causing billions of dollars in damage. Along with other vital parts of the University of Houston, the Writing Center's basement facility was completely flooded. Everything--records, computers, furniture--was lost. For the next school year, the Writing Center struggled to survive in various temporary locations across campus, while insurance claims were filed and a new space was sought. Finally, in the fall of 2002, the Writing Center opened its doors to the public on the second floor of Agnes Arnold Hall.

In the fall of 2012, the Writing Center made yet another move in order to accommodate its continued growth. Leaving aging computers and many happy memories behind, the Writing Center relocated to the second floor of the new Classrooms and Business Building. There, with spacious consulting rooms and up-to-date computer labs, it continues to service the writing needs of University of Houston students and faculty members.

Contact Us

University of Houston Writing Center
4744 Calhoun Rd. Room 220
Houston, TX 77004-3059
Main Phone: (713) 743-3016
Fax: (713) 743-7201