Georgia Tech’s Communication Center: Composition Support for All Yellow Jackets

Dr. Dustin Hannum talks with my students.

Dr. Dustin Hannum talks with my students.

Last week, my ENGL1101 students were treated to tours of Georgia Tech’s Communication Center on the fourth floor of the Clough Commons in Room 447.

Dr. Julie Hawk speaking with my students.

Dr. Julie Hawk speaks with my students.

The Communication Center serves the communication needs of all undergraduates and graduate students at Georgia Tech. The professional and peer tutors in the Communication Center provide help students use WOVEN modalities (e.g., written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal modes) and  rhetoric (e.g., audience, situation, choices, persuasion) in their communication-focused assignments and other work.

Dr. Dustin Hannum pointing out the Communication Center's computer lab.

Dr. Dustin Hannum points out the Communication Center’s computer lab.

This means that their staff help students with writing across media, oral presentations, visual artifacts like posters or videos, electronic or computer-based compositions, and more. If you need help planning a project, go see them. If you need help organizing your writing, go see them. If you want to learn how to fix a specific problem with your writing, go see them. They can help students with class projects, conference presentations, resumes, cover letters, poster presentations, and more!

Dr. Julie Hawk asking my students a question about their projects.

Dr. Julie Hawk asks my students a question about their projects.

The Communication Center’s  central goal is to guide, suggest, and teach students to be the best communicators that they can be instead of simply doing the work for the student and depriving students of the benefit of learning. This means that tutors work with you instead of for you. They don’t proofread or copyedit, but they will assist students with identifying trends and helping students learn how to improve their communication skills.

I recommend that my ENGL1101 and LCC3403 students call on the Communication Center for help on our various class projects. Due to their high demand, students should make a reservation on their website linked above. Also, students can reserve the presentation rooms in the Clough here, but if you want a Communication Center tutor to help you, you will need to make a tutoring appointment, too.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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