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Establishing Academic Writing Centers at International Higher Education Institutions (HE) is a Course

Establishing Academic Writing Centers at International Higher Education Institutions (HE)

Jun 21 - Aug 2, 2021


Full course description

Course Date:

Jun 21 - Aug 2, 2021


5 weeks


2-3 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge(s); Certificate (free)


This course is designed for administrators and academics at higher education institutions interested in establishing and sustaining an academic writing center at their institutions to support publication in high impact factor journals. Participants will learn the history and purpose of writing centers, various models for organizing and funding these centers, how to find and train staff, and best practices for developing policies and procedures. The course does not provide instruction on academic writing; it focuses on administrative aspects of setting up and sustaining a writing center to provide long-term, sustained support for academic writing and publishing.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and value of an academic writing center to a higher education institution
  • List several models for organizing a writing center, depending on the size and scale of the institution, and identify which model is appropriate for their context
  • List several potential models for funding a writing center, and identify at least one that could work for their institution
  • Explain important considerations for hiring and training staff for an academic writing center
  • List methods for promoting a writing center’s services to the community
  • List best practices for developing policies and procedures for a writing center in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context

Target Audience: Non-native English-speaking administrators, lecturers, and researchers at higher education institutions.

Course is offered as part of the Online Professional English Network, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI360.

Course Instructors

Dr. Joseph Cheatle

Dr. Joseph Cheatle

Director, Writing & Media Center, Iowa State University

Dr. Joseph Cheatle is the Director of the Writing & Media Center at Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Miami University and has served on the board of the International Writing Centers Association. He has written extensively for various journals on the topic of writing centers and academic writing pedagogy.


Dr. Elena Cotos

Dr. Elena Cotos

Director, Center for Communication Excellence / Associate Professor, Department of English, Graduate College, Iowa State University

Dr. Elena Cotos is the Director of the Center for Communication Excellence and an Associate Professor of English at ISU. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Technology from ISU and over 20 years’ experience teaching English academic writing. She has written extensively for various journals on the topic of academic writing pedagogy.


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