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2014-2015 Leadership Team

Maggie Morris, Head Peer Writing Tutor. Maggie approves time, runs evening makeup sessions and assists the Program Director.

Cate Costley, Head Mentor. Cate manages and guides the Writing and Academic Mentors attached to First-Year Seminars. She helps run evening makeup sessions and assists the Program Directors.

Robert Silverstein, Manager of Drop-in Tutors. Robert manages, supervises, assigns evening shifts, creates publicity, and assists the Program Director.


2014 Training Dates for PWTs and FYMs

All training sessions take place 4:30-6:30 in CTLR, Davis Family Library 225

Fall 2014 dates

Org Session   Wednesday 9/10 for Writing and Academic Mentors
Thursday 9/11 for Peer Writing Tutors
Session 2       Wednesday 9/17 for Tutors and Writing and Mentors  (Mentors    bring all 4 syllabi to session 2)
Session 3       Thursday 9/24 for Tutors and Writing and Mentors
(Bring a paper of your own to Session 3.)
Session 3         Thursday 9/24 for Tutors and Writing and Mentors
Session 4         Thursday 10/1 for Tutors and Writing and Mentors
Session 5         Thursday 10/8 for Tutors and Writing and Mentors
Session 6         Thursday 10/16 for Tutors and Writing and Mentors

Please bring your folder to every training session.

Log training hours under the correct training category.

pwt/fym Training Session 3 Macro to Micro

Thursday, 2/27/14
CTLR (lib 225)
Session 3—Macro to Micro

Who needs to come?

  • All new PWTS must attend.
  • Trained PWTs and FYMs who did not attend session 2 must attend.
  • Trained PWTS who are becoming FYSMS should have attended session 2.

What is the topic?

  • Macro to Micro
  • Using a Thesis Statement
  • Hands-on practice session with one of your papers

What should I bring?

  • One of your papers for us to workshop
  • Your folder

Always bring your training folder to all training sessions.
Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval. E-mail Emily Colton to request a makeup. Attending a makeup is a privilege not a right.

Important links:

Important PWT/FYM go links

Important PWT/FYM go links



Center for Teaching, Learning & Research


Find pay information, forms, and training schedule


WordPress site with writing tips


Meet faculty writing tutors,  tips for writing, hours for drop-ins


WordPress site for writing tutors and mentors

go/ pwtguide            

LIS guide for tutors and mentors


LIS guide for research

Spring 2014 Organization Meeting Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM

Our first Peer Writing Tutor and Writing and Academic Mentor training session takes place Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM in CTLR (Davis Family Library 225). All new and trained PWTs and FYSMs must attend this Organizational Meeting.   If you are new or were abroad last semester, we will take your picture for our wall, and you will receive your training folder.  If this is your first paid job at Middlebury College, make sure you have all the documents you need for employment.

  • You can find the whole spring training schedule below and at go/pwt.
  • New Tutors will attend all six sessions.
  • Trained PWTs and FYSMs will attend three sessions (Org, Session 2 or 3, and Session 4,5, or 6).

We have only a handful of First-year Seminars in the spring, so we have many Mentors without assignments. Mentors who would like to train and  work as Peer Writing Tutors in the spring, will attend The Org Meeting, Session 2, and Session 4. . Because we added several Commons drop-in sessions last semester, we now have 19 drop-in positions and 19 official alternate drop-in positions.  You can apply for these drop-in positions at the Organization Meeting Thursday, February 13.

I look forward to seeing you next month! In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me with questions.

If for any reason you will not be training or working in our program spring semester, please email me immediately, and I will remove you from our email list. If you are not graduating in May, you can work for us another semester.

Training Dates for PWTs and FYMs

Spring 2014 Training Dates for Peer Writing Tutors & Writing and Academic Mentors for First-Year Seminars

Org Session          Thursday, February 13, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 2             Wednesday, February19 CTLR, 4:30-6:30
(Bring a paper of your own to Session 3.)
Session 3              Thursday, February 27, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 4              Thursday, March 6 , CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 5              Thursday, March13, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 6              Thursday, March 20, CTLR, 4:30-6:30

Please bring your folder to every training session.


Paul W. Ward ’25 Memorial Prize

This Friday at 4:30 pm
—Paul W. Ward ’25 Memorial Prize

The awards ceremony for the Paul W. Ward ’25 Prize in Writing for the Class of 2013 will be held in Alexander Twilight Hall. The prize competition recognizes annually those first-year students who are judged by faculty to have produced outstanding essays in writing classes during that academic year. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research at 802.443.3131 or by e-mail at

Alexander Twilight Hall, Room 101

All nominees are invited to train as Peer Writing Tutors and Writing and Academic Mentors.