This semester, the Plangere Writing Center welcomed Kurtis Watkins as its new Administrative Assistant. The Plangere Writing Center is the busiest tutoring center at Rutgers. Mr. Watkins coordinates the tutoring schedules for more than 1000 students and over 100 tutors each year, and makes sure the Center is running smoothly.
If he has any questions, Mr. Watkins can always ask his predecessor in the position, Jessica Hedges, for advice. She still works for Rutgers English, as Administrative Assistant to the Writing Program.
The Plangere Center’s distinct pedagogy, called “minimalist tutoring,” encourages students to learn to write for themselves rather than relying on a tutor for editing or help with a single assignment. Students commit to five sessions with the same tutor, who can then focus on helping them develop the particular skills they need to be successful college writers.
The most challenging part of his job, Mr. Watkins says, is the large volume of people he sees. With thirty to forty tutoring sessions taking place every day, his office is sometimes flooded by students and tutors with complicated questions but in a hurry to get to their next classes. Mr. Watkins does not mind being so busy, and says that one of the most rewarding aspects of his job is seeing so many students being helped by the work of the Center and by his contribution to it.
The Plangere Writing Center