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Language and Writing Center: Home & Appointments


Writing for graduate school can be a challenge.

Whether you are...

  • learning English as a second language or a native speaker
  • an experienced academic writer or someone who has not written a paper in 20 years
  • a masters or doctoral student
  • in need of help in any point of your research and writing process

...the Language & Writing Center is here to help!

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Schedule Appointment

UPDATE: Due to budgetary constraints, the Language and Writing Center staff keep limited hours.

If you need help with a large project (capstone project, thesis, dissertation, or any written work that exceeds 20 pages) you are encouraged to request an editing/proofreading appointment at least two weeks in advance of your due date.

Tutors reserve the right to reschedule or cancel appointment requests for writing projects that would exceed 8 hours of work per week. This is to ensure that everyone has equal access to tutoring services and no one person is monopolizing time and resources. 

If you have any questions or concerns about how budgetary constraints are impacting student utilization of the Language and Writing Center, please see the Dean of Academic Affairs or the President of CTS to voice your concerns.

If you need to make an appointment but none of the available times work with your schedule, then contact the Writing Center Coordinator at [email protected] and we will try to work something out!

What goes on in an appointment with the Writing Center?

Our tutors can help with all sorts of writing and research issues.  What we exactly do in your appointment depends on your needs!  Appointments can involve:

  • Brainstorming paper topics
  • Developing theses statements and arguments
  • Constructive criticism of arguments and prose style
  • Help finding sources and literature
  • Note taking strategies
  • Proofreading for grammar and style
  • Proper citation and formatting
  • Presentation and debate preparation
  • More

If you upload a draft in your appointment submission, the writing tutor will, time permitting, try to review the text before your appointment.  That leaves the appointment time open for reviewing, discussing, and planning strategies around what the writing tutor found in their pre-appointment review of your draft.  If you need help with a draft and do not submit it with your appointment submission, or if the writing tutor does not have time to review the draft before the appointment, then the tutor will review the work during the appointment and discuss issues as the tutor sees them.  The tutor may, as necessary, follow up with you if further help is needed.

Meet the Writing Center Coordinator

Dr. John Dechant

Ph.D., M.L.I.S.  (he/him)

[email protected]

John Dechant is the Writing Center Coordinator.  He earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures from Indiana University, specializing in Islamic religious history in Iran and Central Asia, and a Master's in Library & Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.  He has previously worked as a writing tutor, an academic editor, and an adjunct instructor of Islamic history.