Collaboration with Faculty


The Center for Academic Writing acts as a bridge between departmental faculty and students. We seek to collaborate with other faculty to understand assignments order to better prepare students to succeed with these writing challenges. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any issues related to academic writing with faculty.

caw lecturers by Department

(in alphabetical order)

Department ProgramLecturer(s)
Department of Economics and BusinessMA in EconomicsAndrea Kirchknopf, Zsuzsanna Tóth
Department of Economics and BusinessMA in Economic Policy in Global MarketsÉva Ajkay-Nagy, Vera Eliasova

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy (MESP); and Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM)Ágnes Diós-Tóth, Zsuzsanna Tóth
Department of Gender Studies1-year Masters Program, 2-year Masters Program, Erasmus Mundus / GEMMA and MATILDA ProgramSanjay Kumar, Borbála Faragó
Department of Gender StudiesPhD ProgramAndrea Kirchknopf
Department of HistoryThe Master of Arts in Comparative HistoryRobin Bellers, Ágnes Diós-Tóth
Department of HistoryThe Master of Arts in Comparative History: From 1500 to the Present Time, 1st yearBorbála Faragó
Department of HistoryThe Master of Arts in Comparative History: From 1500 to the Present Time, 2nd yearSanjay Kumar
Department of International RelationsMA in International Relations (1 year) and MA in International Relations (2 years)Robin Bellers, Vera Eliasova, Zsuzsanna Tóth
Department of Legal StudiesMaster of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law  ProgramDavid Ridout
Department of Legal StudiesMaster of Arts in Human Rights Program and Master of Laws in Human Rights ProgramBorbála Faragó, Zsuzsanna Tóth
Department of Legal StudiesMaster of Laws in International Business Law ProgramAndrea Kirchknopf, David Ridout
Department of Legal StudiesDoctoral ProgramÁgnes Diós-Tóth, Sanjay Kumar
Department of Medieval StudiesMA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (one-year) and MA in Comparative History: Medieval Studies (two-year)Vera Eliasova and Andrea Kirchknopf
Department of Medieval Studies

Two-year MA program in Cultural Heritage Studies

Ágnes Diós-Tóth
Nationalism Studies ProgramOne-year MA program and 2-year MA ProgramBorbála Faragó and Sanjay Kumar
Department of Network and Data SciencePhD in Network ScienceÁgnes Diós-Tóth
Department of PhilosophyOne-year MA program and 2-year MA ProgramBorbála Faragó
Department of Political ScienceOne-year MA Program in Political Science and Two-year MA Program in Political ScienceÉva Ajkay-Nagy, Robin Bellers, Andrea Kirchknopf and Zsuzsanna Tóth
The School of Public Master of Public AdministrationÁgnes Diós-Tóth and Vera Eliasova
The School of Public MA in Public Policy and Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public PolicySanjay Kumar and Zsuzsanna Tóth
The School of Public PolicyMaster of Arts in International Public AffairsÉva Ajkay-Nagy and Ágnes Diós-Tóth
Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyMaster of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology (One-Year) and Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology (Two-Year)David Ridout and Andrea Kirchknopf
Undergraduate ProgramsCulture, Politics and Society (CPS)Vera Eliasova and Sanjay Kumar
Undergraduate ProgramsPhilosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)Robin Bellers and Éva Ajkay-Nagy
Undergraduate ProgramsQuantitative Social Sciences (QSS)

Writing Courses

To familiarize students with the principles of academic writing and help them acquire the necessary skills to complete writing assignments within their disciplines, we offer courses in both semesters. In the fall we prepare students for writing at graduate level, notably term papers but also other genres that the department prefers. In the spring, with some departments, we focus on specific issues related to thesis writing.

We are happy to collaborate with faculty in designing additional workshops or courses to target discipline specific issues. Please contact us with your ideas or questions.

Writing Consultations

We offer individual consultations with students on their departmental assignments. In many departments we work closely with faculty to assist students in writing a paper before the student submits it to the supervisor. The purpose of consultations is educational: to help students to become better writers.We strive to achieve this by discussing their paper, their objectives and their general writing concerns with them, or offering suggestions on conventions of academic writing. We turn away students who request that we rewrite or polish their papers for them, and we ask for your understanding in this. As we are often unable to discuss all the problems of a paper within one consultation, we encourage students to return for further consultations.

If faculty feel a student needs to improve some aspect of their writing, such as organization, clarity, argumentation, use of sources, style or language problems, please recommend students work closely with the CAW for consultations. Setting deadlines for Mondays often means that students do not have the opportunity to come for a consultation. It is therefore very helpful if faculty set deadlines in the last three days of the week in order to allow students to visit the Center for Academic Writing and then have time to revise an assignment before submission.

We teach students general principles of good writing, but they may not always be familiar with the type of task you ask of them, the format you expect or the audience you are asking them to write for. We always appreciate it if you can let us know about the task you are setting and what you expect of the students, so that we can help them as much as possible to meet your expectations. If students are confused or unclear, we may refer them back to you to discuss the task again, but we are also happy to meet you and discuss the terms of the assignments so we are better informed.

If for any reason a faculty member would like students to complete an assignment (such as an exam) without any help from the Writing Center, please let us know us in advance.