The Writing Center at Ohio State University engages in a number of cross-disciplinary projects. Undergraduate and graduate consultants work with the writing center Director to develop, conduct and, often, implement findings from research. Our center values assessment and continually improving our consultant training and preparation. Consultants are currently working on coding client report forms, coding online synchronous sessions, wellness and self-care in the writing center, and writing groups. These projects have been presented at regional and national conferences. Additionally, consultants are conducting research on new consulting methods, genre and academic writing conventions, and second language learner support, all with the aim of developing new training models and supportive consulting strategies.
We are committed to cultivating writing center research, particularly at the undergraduate level. This mission is based on the principles articulated in the 2017 CCCC Position Statement on Undergraduate Research in Writing: "Undergraduate research is a widely recognized, high-impact educational practice that offers student researchers and their mentors unique opportunities to engage in shared, discipline-based intellectual inquiry. For undergraduate research in writing studies and rhetoric to flourish at two- and four-year institutions, whether it is embedded in curricula or located in co- and extracurricular opportunities, it must be well-defined and well-supported by relevant campus units (e.g., departments, programs, campus policies) and by the allocation of available campus resources." We view our center as a key campus resource for defining and supporting undergraduate research in a writing-rich context.