The IWP's Mission Statement


Mission Statement

In keeping with NAU’s commitment to student success and excellence in education, the Interdisciplinary Writing Program is dedicated to promote the intellectual growth and development of students through providing resources and experiences that encourage student-writers to explore, develop, research, design, and present their work inside and outside of the academic classroom.


The IWP is committed to providing a learner-centered program that focuses on student success, engagement, and achievement, as well as the advancement of the internationalization of the university.

We create a culture of inclusion, and exemplify an innovative, effective, and accountable learning community by focusing on:

Presentation skills: provide students, staff, and faculty with assistance and feedback on presentation skills, including organization, research content, argument structure, and professionalism.

Writing: assist all NAU students, staff, and faculty in improving their writing capabilities for their academic classes and to offer feedback for students with writing projects not directly related to their academic classes, such as job letters and graduate school applications.

Research: strengthen students, staff, and faculty research skills by emphasizing finding, analyzing, integrating, and citing sources in collaboration with our Cline research librarians.

Design: assist students, staff, and faculty with document and presentation design, digital, and hardcopy, through feedback on all drafts.

Supporting NAU Students

We believe that all writers benefit from sharing their work-in-progress with trained, informed, and interested readers, so we provide one to one writing assistance for students that are collaborative and interactive. These sessions familiarize students with composing strategies and introduce them to the many rhetorical choices available to academic writers. We also lead group workshops on writing-related topics.  

Supporting NAU Faculty

We provide consulting and feedback for faculty interested in revising writing assignments. Syllabus design, innovative assignment creation such as using low-stakes in-class writing to meet learning outcomes, and giving effective feedback to student writers are subjects of one-to-one sessions and group meetings between the University Writing Commons staff and faculty. 

Supporting NAU Staff

We provide support for staff members who need feedback on professional documents. We offer appointment-based sessions for staff to discuss writing tasks such as emails, memos, letters, posters, or grant proposals.

Supporting Our NAU Community

We sponsor, collaborate, and provide events that influence NAU’s culture of writing from guest speakers to writing events in the University Writing Commons. We collaborate with our research librarians, Faculty Development, Gateway Career and Advising, and open our events for the public to attend. We also sponsor an IWP Internship program for undergraduates to research, design, and implement projects that will influence the wider culture of writing at NAU.