For Faculty-Global Communication Center - Carnegie Mellon University

For Faculty

We provide the following services to faculty
•    Help designing assignments that improve your students’ communication skills
•    Conduct writing or communication workshops in your class
•    Facilitate student peer review sessions
•    Assist with integrating communication instruction into your class
•    Design individualized or group sessions in the GCC tailored to your class or assignments
•    Offer other advice, services, and feedback as needed

Please email us at gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu to meet with our director about any of these services.

Our philosophy on grammar

A paper can be grammatically correct and still very difficult for readers to understand.  Likewise, a paper can be logical, clear and concise even though it contains grammatical errors.  In our experience, most readers will forgive a few grammatical errors if they can understand what the writer is trying to say.  Errors become most noticeable when a writer’s thoughts or arguments are unclear.

Faculty often refer students to the GCC to focus on grammar and correctness.  However, our philosophy is that students will be better served if we focus on making sure their ideas, arguments, and research contributions are clearly explained.  Sometimes this involves grammatical issues, but often it is a matter of understanding the conventions of writing in an American university.  Not only do we believe that focusing on such conventions will make a greater impact on students' writing than focusing on grammar, but such conventions are much easier to learn and are likely to have a more lasting impact on a writer's development than focusing on correctness.  The English language is extremely complex and many rules can only be acquired through repeated practice and years of immersion in the culture.

Making appointments as a faculty member

Faculty can only make same-day appointments with the GCC. These same day appointments can be made at 8:00am the day of the appointment. Appointments can be made through WCOnline, our online scheduler with an account. Please visit our Appointment page for more information about how to make an appointment, upload assignment(s) or cancel an appointment. As always, please email the Global Communication Center at gcc-cmu@andrew.cmu.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy of faculty using the GCC.

Suggested language for referencing the GCC on your syllabus

For assistance in writing papers and reports, designing PowerPoint slides, creating scientific posters, or opportunities to rehearse your oral presentation, visit the Global Communication Center (GCC).  GCC tutors can provide instruction on communicating in professional and academic contexts and can give you feedback on your drafts.  You can make appointments directly on their website: http://www.cmu.edu/gcc.  This service is available to both native and non-native English speakers.