About the Academic Writing and Learning Center

The Academic Writing and Learning Center (AWLC), located in the Securian Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library, encompasses the: Tutoring CenterWriters' WorkshopSupportive Services Courses, and UST 1000: Learning in Community.

In 2015, the Supportive Services Program (SSP) and its Tutoring Center, which had been serving UMD for over 30 years, joined forces with the Writers’ Workshop, which was only two years old at the time, to become the Academic Writing and Learning Center (AWLC), with Dr. Jill Jenson as its director. Early in 2018, the first-year experience course, now known as “Learning in Community,” joined the AWLC. Throughout that time, the AWLC's mission has remained the same: to offer programs and services to promote academic success for all students and advance the writing skills of all members of the campus community. Every year thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff, take advantage of, and benefit from, the wide-range of services, courses, and workshops the AWLC offers. Explore our website to discover the ways the AWLC can help you meet your goals!

Mission

The Academic Writing and Learning Center offers programs and services to promote academic success for all students and advance the writing skills of all members of the campus community.

Staff of AWLC

Front Row: (L-R) Claudia Martin (Tutoring Center Coordinator), Jill Jenson (Director), and Pamela Arola (Executive Admin) Back Row: (L-R) Anna Gavrilova (SSP Faculty), Patrick Eidsmo (SSP Faculty), Sam Shanks (Learning in Community Coordinator), Jill Strand (SSP Faculty), and Mia O'Brien (ESL Specialist)