Who We Are and What We Do
Writing and Public Speaking Center Mission Statement
The Writing and Public Speaking Center supports undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff as they become more versatile, deliberate, and effective communicators. We provide a respectful, interdisciplinary, collaborative learning environment for all members of our diverse community to grow as they work on a wide variety of academic, professional, and creative communication tasks.
Writing and Public Speaking Center Values
At the Writing and Public Speaking Center, we respect, welcome, encourage and celebrate the differences among us; we value, seek, and rely on diversity in all its forms, including racial, linguistic, economic, and educational diversity. We recognize the potential for all people to learn, change, and to contribute to our communities, and we believe that collaborative learning best promotes this type of growth.
Our values align with the University of Montana’s Priorities for Action and provide a framework for our daily work.
Place Student Success at the Center of All We Do
- We provide all students access to education and support at every phase of their learning.
- We celebrate risk-taking and experimentation, both in student learning and in our approaches to supporting students.
- We take a reflective stance, using assessment as a tool for meaningful adjustment in our approaches to supporting students.
Drive Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Research
- We work and learn across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
- We transform communicators and are transformed in return.
- We act as a critical campus hub for knowledge creation, connection, collaboration, and communication.
- We support the development of scholarly work from conception to submission.
- We support excellence in the teaching of writing, learning of writing, and research into best writing center practices and programs to support our campus community.
Embody the Principle of “Mission First, People Always”
- We center our daily work on the writer, not the writing; we honor and support the unique individual and individual voice of each writer we work with.
- We listen to and learn from others.
- We respect the courage it takes to share one’s work with others.
- We aspire to practice honesty, trustworthiness, and academic integrity.
- We aspire to promote justice, learning, individual success, and service.
Partner with Place
- We honor the complex legacy of individual and institutional connection with place.
- We acknowledge that we are in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people, and honor the path they have shown us in caring for place.
- We view partnerships—with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community—as a critical tool for addressing the needs of our extended community, and for cultivating positive change.
- We perform work and support work that matters for the University of Montana, for our community, and for Montana.
Proudly Tell the UM Story
- We support all forms of communication that enable University of Montana students, faculty, alumni and staff to proudly share their research, their ideas, their visions, their voice and their stories with the broader community.
- We empower the diverse voices of UM to showcase the incredible work that happens on campus every day.
We offer undergraduate and graduate students:
- One-to-one writing and public speaking tutoring (available on a by-appointment and drop-in basis)
- Guidance interpreting assignments
- Reader feedback on any communication task, including research proposals and papers, response papers, reports, literature reviews, speeches, scholarship applications, graduate school applications, thesis projects, presentations, etc.
- Help developing strategies for revision at any stage of a writing or presentation planning process
- Workshops on specific types of writing and on the various parts of a writing process
- Assistance building strategies for timed-writing situations
- Strategies for effective delivery of presentations
We offer faculty:
- A place to refer students to for writing help!
- In-class orientations to The Writing and Public Speaking Center
- In-class workshops tailored to specific courses and assignments
- Consultations on writing assignment design and on providing effective and efficient writing feedback to students
- Ideas for incorporating writing – both graded and non-graded – into course design
- Workshops on using writing to enhance student learning in any course
- Support for manuscript preparation, grant proposals, presentations and other academic work