Live  VAWLT  Chat ends Thursday, December 13 at  7pm.  We resume support Monday, January 28.

About Us

History and Mission

VAWLT (Virtual Academic Writing & Library Tutors), is a writing and library resource for distance education in the University of Maine System. Our mission is to train outstanding students to provide writing support to peers, staff, and instructors of UMS courses offered in distance learning formats; to create reusable writing resources for our site and for Blackboard course pages; and to connect a virtual community of distance learners through social media.

Launched in Spring of 2014 as a pilot effort between UMA and UMPI stakeholders, the VAWLT quickly expanded to a system-wide initiative connecting distance learners and faculty throughout the UMaine System and at UMA centers with trained academic writing and library tutors. Through VAWLT, students, staff, and faculty from any of the schools in the University of Maine System gain access to a virtual study space for discussing and creating writing, citation, and research with tutors and a digital library of reference materials. We also provide training and professional development to distance learners committed to becoming virtual writing tutors.

Staff

 
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Michelle Lisi

VAWLT Coordinator

michelle.lisi@maine.edu
207-621-3370
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Stacey Brownlie

OCLS Director and Librarian Tutor-Advisor

stacey.brownlie@maine.edu
207-621-3186
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Heather Nunez-Olmstead

Instructional Designer & VAWLT Substitute

heather.nunez@maine.edu
207-498-0518
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Mina Matthews

Senior Instructional Designer and Director of UC-VAWLT

mina.matthews@maine.edu
207-621-3338