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Writing Center: Home

This guide helps with writing and directs people to the writing center and their materials.

Writing Center

Our Mission:
Our mission is to help students become better writers by approaching their assignments as a process of invention, writing, and revision.



Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed


Monday and Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 2pm – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Hours Subject to Change

Departmental Tutoring hours may vary. For holiday hours, please contact the Writing Center.


Writing Center

Phone: 435-652-7629
Location: Holland 421

Rob Gray

Writing Center Coordinator

Email: rgray@dixie.edu
Phone: 435-652-7868
Office: Holland 422

General Tutoring

The Writing Center’s primary service is to provide general writing feedback and tutoring to a wide range of students. General tutoring appointments are intended to provide students with general comments on structure, organization, cohesion, and other high-order concerns and have the greatest range of availability, meaning students can often meet with a general tutor without having to make appointments in advance.


All walk-ins fall under the Writing Center’s General Tutoring umbrella. Walk-ins are available so long as the Writing Center’s tutors do not already have appointments scheduled. Just like General Tutoring appointments, walk-in appointments last approximately thirty minutes and cover higher-order writing concerns, such as thesis statements, organization, and cohesion.

General Appointments

General Appointments can be scheduled with any of the Writing Center’s tutors and cover higher-order writing concerns, such as thesis statements, organization, and cohesion. General Appointments generally last approximately thirty minutes and address the majority of students’ writing needs. General Appointments are perfect for students simply looking for a quick overview of their writing.

Online Tutoring

In an effort to meet the needs of Dixie State’s online and non-traditional students, the Writing Center provides online tutoring for students who may not be able to visit the Writing Center in person. Online Tutoring is intended to provide these students with the same level of support as their traditional, in-person peers but provides an additional level of flexibility and accessibility.

Synchronous Online Appointments

As with all of the Writing Center’s appointments, Synchronous Online Appointments are scheduled to last approximately thirty minutes and cover the same subjects as General Appointments. Synchronous Online Appointments are held via Google Hangouts and require no additional software. To learn more about online tutoring, click here.

Departmental Tutoring

The Writing Center provides Departmental Tutoring to upper-division students who may have questions regarding a specific field’s conventions or styles. Additionally, Departmental Tutoring allows students to meet with tutors who have the same major. Consequently, departmental tutors are especially qualified to provide feedback on students’ content and ideas.

ESL Appointments

Through the Writing Center’s Departmental Tutoring program, ESL students can meet with a specific ESL writing tutor who is well-versed in core English grammar principles and has built a rapport with the ESL department’s students and instructors. A single, specialized ESL tutor allows ESL students to meet with a tutor who knows them individually, along with their respective strengths and weaknesses.

History Appointments

Appointments made with the Writing Center’s history-specific tutor allow students to meet with a tutor who is familiar with DSU’s history department’s instructors and assignments. Additionally, History Appointments allow students to review Chicago citations and formatting.

Psychology Appointments

Psychology Appointments allow students to review APA formatting while meeting with an upper-division psychology student who’s familiar with DSU’s psychology department’s instructors and assignments. Psychology Appointments also offer students the opportunity to refine their writing while simultaneously reviewing content.

Upper-Division English Appointments

Upper-Division English Appointments are catered for English majors who need feedback on MLA style, as well as with upper-division content. The Writing Center’s Upper-Division English tutor specializing in various essay and analysis styles and is also an upper-division English major.

Writing Center Staff

Rob Gray, Coordinator
Rob Gray grew up in northern Utah and went to Dixie State College for his undergraduate work in English under the Professional and Technical Writing emphasis. He later attended the University of New Orleans for an MFA degree in Creative Writing with an emphasis in fiction and a secondary emphasis in nonfiction. He has taught at Dixie State University since 2010.

Braxton Thornley, Secretary
English (Secondary Education)
Year: Senior
Strength: Arguments & Thesis Statements
Weakness: APA Style
Hometown: Taylorsville, UT

Ryan Gibb, ESL Departmental Tutor
English (Creative Writing) & Pre-Med
Year: Junior
Strength: Creative Writing, Content, Organization, and Flow
Weakness: Grammar
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO

Brittany Bennett, History Departmental Tutor
 History & English (Literary Studies)
Year: Senior
Strength: MLA & Chicago Styles
Weakness: Overly Critical Sometimes
Hometown: Mesquite, NV

Kelsie Orton, Psychology Departmental Tutor
Year: Senior
Strength: Research & Organization
Weakness: Chicago Style
Hometown: Rexburg, ID

Samantha West, English Departmental Tutor
English (Professional & Technical Writing)
Year: Senior
Strength: Clarity & Concision
Weakness: Repetition
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Ashton Foy, Volunteer Tutor
Year: Senior
Strength: APA Style, Research, and Citations
Weakness: Chicago & AP Style
Hometown: Riverton, WY

Cam Sherman, General Tutor
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior
Strength: Organization & Thesis Statements
Weakness: Concision
Hometown: St. George, UT

Cord Esplin, General Tutor
Computer Science
Year: Sophomore
Strength: MLA Style & Organization
Weakness: Spelling
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Hanna Pollock, General Tutor
Major: Media Studies (Strategic Communication)
Year: Junior
Strength: AP Style & Research
Weakness: Creative Writing
Hometown: Stansbury Park, UT

Kimi Gubler, General Tutor
Major: Music (Secondary Education)
Year: Senior
Strength: Grammar & Spelling
Weakness: Citations
Hometown: Visalia, CA