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West Point Writing Center

The West Point Writing Center enables cadets and faculty across the United States Military Academy to advance their study of critical thinking, academic argument, writing within the disciplines, college pedagogy, and professional communication. Through a variety of forums, especially the Writing Fellows Program, select students and faculty work together to research the most powerful ideas and effective practices available within composition studies, to contribute originally to high-level scholarly conversations, and above all, to enhance the resources on hand to all cadets for the development of their thinking and writing.

Currently, the Writing Center also offers individual consultations on the second floor of Jefferson Hall, NE Corner to cadets working on writing assignments for core courses; these consultations take place with more experienced peers who have demonstrated exceptional promise as writers, teachers, and communicators. These Writing Fellows assist their fellow cadets at any stage of the writing process, including: 

  • clarifying an initial focus, 
  • developing a thesis,
  • structuring an argument,
  • integrating and documenting sources, 
  • revising a draft.

While Fellows will not edit or proofread papers, they do help students learn to identify and correct patterns of awkwardness and error. Their foremost goal is to engage other cadets in focused conversations that help them become skilled readers and revisers of their own writing.

 

For more information about the Writing Center and Writing Fellows Program, please contact:

 
Dr. Jason Hoppe, Director
Jason.Hoppe@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-2198
 
LTC Sean Cleveland, Associate Director
Sean.Cleveland@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-2058

LTC Trent Mills, Executive Officer
Trent.Mills@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-2691
 
Mr. Robert McLoughlin
Assistant Director, Resources and Technology
Robert.McLoughlin@usma.edu
Phone: (845) 938-3187