Lynn named director of new Writing Center at Wayland

Release Date: May 9, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Brent Lynn has been named director of the new writing center at Wayland Baptist University, with the plan of improving the overall writing skills of students.

Having taught college-level English for several years in the area, Lynn is familiar with the needs of students when it comes to writing and feels the new center will help combat what is a nationwide problem.

“I have had direct experience with students, especially freshmen, and their struggles with grammar and syntax and writing,” said Lynn, who started May 1. “It made me really aware of the need for something like this.”

Wayland started the writing center after seeing the need among its own student body, which reflects national trends of students entering colleges with poor writing skills. Lynn’s job is to establish the center, recruit students for peer tutoring and build a network with faculty members so students are aware of the resource.

The center will be open to students who know they need help, or they may come on referral from professors, regardless of the discipline. Lynn said he hopes to secure tutors from various disciplines in order to meet the needs required of specific courses in terms of styles for term papers. On-site and online tutoring options will be available, making the center a resource for students at Wayland’s external campuses in other cities and states as well.

But Lynn is quick to point out that the center will not just be “an editing mill.” He envisions more of a partnership approach where students will get help formulating their arguments and resources for papers. Then, once a draft has been written, the center workers will be able to provide feedback on trends in mistakes, such as comma splices, incorrect tense or grammar or other common problems.

Lynn said part of the writing deficiencies in this generation can be traced to the technology that is such a part of their everyday lives, such as cell phones, instant messaging and email.

“They communicate so quickly without thinking about their writing,” Lynn said. “What they don’t see is that this will have an effect on their communication skills, and that has an effect when it comes time to get a job.

“Students have to see that this is something that will follow them for the rest of their lives.”

Lynn comes to the position from years teaching English at both Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech University while pursuing his graduate degrees at Tech. He also taught Latin and worked in the Writing Center at Tech for a year.

A native of Alice, he holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University and the Master of Arts degree in Latin and Greek from Texas Tech. His doctorate from Tech is in British Literature.

Lynn is married to Jay Jay, a WBU graduate who teaches English at Lubbock High School. They have a son, Caleb, 4.