Welcome to School of Social Work Writing Resources Office. My name is Chris Kilgore, and my goal is to provide superlative writing-related assistance to students in the BSW, MSW, and PhD programs. From outlining and brainstorming to proofreading and APA formatting, I offer programs specifically tailored to the kinds of writing tasks you will be facing in the School of Social Work.
New: Full-service online Writing Guide To Social Work. Click here to start reading!
At present, I provide the following services for students:
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or requests for writing resources here in the School of Social work.
Dr. Chris Kilgore
Writing Resource Coordinator
OFFICE OF ADVISING & STUDENT SUCCESS: A-319C
I’m available to discuss any aspect of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to proofreading and APA style. It’s often best to schedule an appointment with me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the initial part of the Spring 2015 semester, I will be away from the office on leave, and holding office hours on a revised schedule:
January 20 - January 30: I will be away from the office, but you can reach me via email or Blackboard Collaborate (see below)
February 2 - February 13: I will be in the office halftime, and available via email or Blackboard Collaborate (see below). I will be adjusting my office hours to accommodate student and instructor needs, so check here for availability during this period, or contact me via email
After February 13, I will be available for appointments during business hours, Monday through Friday. I also hold office hours Monday through Thursday for walk-in consultation. (Note: If you're interested in proofreading, I'm happy to help, but I can't proofread a whole paper—there are 1800 students in social work, and just one of me! I can, however, do a few pages and give you some patterns to look for).
Spring 2015 Walk-In and Virtual Office Hours:
Monday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-6pm (late office hour!)
Wednesday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm
Wednesday at the Fort Worth Center: 5-6pm
Thursday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30-5pm
Friday by Appointment/Email
If a meeting in person doesn’t work for your schedule, or if you’re enrolled in a Distance Education program, I’m available for meetings via email and via Virtual Office Hours on Blackboard Collaborate (it works much like Skype but with more tools). I usually respond to quick questions within 24 hours, but sometimes it may take me longer to get to a draft, so start early—things get busier as deadlines approach! You can reach me at email@example.com
There are also several further resources available:
Live and Recorded Online Webinars (Coming Soon!)
Virtual Office Hours for Distance Education Students (Coming Soon!)
Library Tutorials and Guides
The University Writing Center (Run by the English Department)
Each semester I hold several seminars and presentations to prepare us for the writing tasks we’ll be accomplishing in Social Work courses.
This is the Spring 2015 Schedule:
The Write Stuff: 2 Options
TUESDAY, Feb. 10 - 4:30-5:30pm, GABC 118
THURSDAY, Feb 12 - 4:30-5:30pm, GACB 118
In this presentation, we’ll have an opportunity to talk about how to prepare, write, revise, and proofread effectively. I’ll have some best-practices and exercises to present, but mostly I’ll come prepared to answer your questions about writing, citing, and revising. This presentation is BYO Food…
APA Style for Social Work: With Guest Speaker, APA Librarian Jody Bailey - 2 Options
TUESDAY, Feb. 24 – 4:30-6pm, GACB 118
THURSDAY, Feb. 26 – 4:30-6pm, GACB 118
These presentations will cover useful tips and guidelines for using APA style in your social-work courses. The same presentation is being offered at two different times, to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Be sure to bring your APA Style Manual to this presentation, along with all your questions! This presentation is BYO Food…
A Writing Guide For Social Work
This guide provides a comprehensive resource for writing in the Social Work discipline. It covers everything from the nature of Social Work writing and research to the nitty-gritty details of grammar, proofreading, and APA style, and it lives right here on the social work website, so you can access it from anywhere.
In addition, each semester our APA Librarian Jody Bailey provides a presentation on APA style for social work (see the section above). Here is the file from the presentations she gave in Spring 2014: Download PDF
In addition to services for students, I’m also here to help out with any of the tasks associated with writing assignments, including assignment development, tips and tricks for speedy grading, anti-plagiarism measures, and writing issues with online courses. I’ve taught eight years’ worth of writing-intensive composition courses, both in person and online, and I’ve studied composition theory, so I can offer some time-tested and evidence-based strategies, in the following formats:
Individual Consultations: Feel free to make an appointment or just stop by to discuss any writing-related matters. I hold office hours daily, 9-Noon and 1-5pm.
In-Class Presentations: I’m available to talk directly to your class about any writing-related issues. I can give a brief (15 minute) informational talk about the University’s writing resources, or a more in-depth (30 minute) discussion of what it means to write in social work classes. Just contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a visit.
Additional Writing Support: I’m also available to consult on specific student issues, from plagiarism to comprehensive writing difficulties. Again, just contact me via email to set up an appointment, or stop by in person.
Presentation: Let's Talk about Writing THURSDAY, 1/23, 11:30-12:30, SOCW B107
This is a discussion about assigning and responding to student writing; bring your own best practices to share with instructors and faculty.