Faculty Guide

The purpose of the ARC is to facilitate learning.

We work with students at any stage of the writing process to help them communicate their messages clearly and coherently; we focus on the long-term by trying to develop better writers, not just better papers; and we help students learn to help themselves by using a facilitative, non-evaluative approach to tutoring.

In addition, we coordinate subject tutoring across the disciplines. Subject tutors, chosen by their departments, support classroom instruction in one-to-one and small group tutorials. We also offer guidance in time management, organization, and study skills, and we maintain style manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and Kurzweil 3000™ and Dragon NaturallySpeaking® software (text to voice conversion) for student use.

We do not evaluate student work, create expectations for grades, or act as a drop-off proofreading service.

The ARC is staffed by the director of the Academic Resource Center, Dr. Seth Clabough, the ARC coordinator, MaryJo Upchurch, student tutors who are required to complete a course in tutoring pedagogy and receive ongoing training, and — by extension — the director of Academic Advising, Kelly Kraft-Meyer.

The ARC is located on the garden level of the chapel. Call 381-6278 or email [email protected] for an appointment. Hours are Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: Closed; and Sunday: 7-11 p.m.  

Faculty can encourage students to use the ARC by:

Faculty can enhance students’ experience in the ARC by:

  • Sending electronic copies of syllabi and assignments to the Director of the ARC to be kept on file as a reference for tutors.
  • Recommending discipline-specific style guides that can be purchased for student and tutor use.
  • Encouraging students (from all disciplines) who are strong writers, have a solid work ethic, and are interested in the theory and practice of peer tutoring to apply early in the spring semester for a position as a tutor in the following year.
  • Arranging department subject tutors with the ARC Coordinator early in the semester.

Specialized workshops can be created to address students’ specific needs. The Faculty Writing Specialist will conduct workshops in the classroom or in the ARC.  Topics include but are not limited to: avoiding unintentional plagiarism, employing pre-writing techniques to generate ideas, conducting effective and efficient revision, and making student writing more concise.

Presentations by Student Tutors can be arranged. They will visit classes to explain ARC services, present a workshop on a particular topic, and answer students’ questions.

A free service--the ARC is available at no cost to all students attending Sweet Briar College.