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I am a fan of face-to-face marketing.  When I first started my position
(math lab manager) I participated in every meeting/committee/activity
that I could feasiblely have a connection to. (Most people welcome an
extra pair of helping hands).  Those opportunities provided interactions
mostly with staff from advising and other student services, but it paid
off.  I also took the opportunity to "hang out" in the departments and
casually meet faculty. I had an advantage of already knowing many of
them, but I wouldn't rule out going "door-to-door" to introduce myself
and my services.  Recently my colleagues and I have invited ourselves to
department meetings to do a 15 minute presentation about our collective
services.  

Kathy

Kathryn Van Wagoner
Director, Math Advantage Programs
Utah Valley State College
801-863-8411

ad-van-tage   n.  A factor conducive to success.

>>> "Ambrose, Jennifer" <[log in to unmask]> 10/16/2006 10:37 AM
>>>
Hello--

I am about a month into my new job as "Campus Writing Specialist." I
work out of our Study Center and am classified as academic staff. One
of
my duties is to "market" writing tutoring services to faculty and
students, so that more students come for writing tutoring and I can
make
valuable use of my time. We do not want to focus solely on the English
department.

Specifically, my boss would like me to try to foster relationships
with
faculty so that they will invite me into their classes to assist with
peer review, or teach a lesson concerning MLA or grammar, for example.


I would love advice about how to approach faculty from those of you
who
have done something similar to what I am being asked to do, and from
full-time faculty on this list who have been solicited for their help
in
promoting certain services your institution offers. 

So far, I have sent out a mass introductory letter about myself and my
services which has resulted in one invitation from a Biology professor
to assist in peer review, and I have just written up a mass follow up
letter to remind people about my services as Mid-terms approach. 

It seems like it would be helpful to call and email professors
individually and ask to come talk to them about what services I can
provide. But if they make it clear they are uninterested, do I just
leave it at that? What more can I do if a professor makes it clear
that
they know about my services and that they will contact me if needed,
like one already has? 

Any ideas? Resources? 

Thank you, for your time

Jennifer Ambrose
UW-Waukesha Campus Writing Specialist
Writing Tutor Coordinator
262-521-5549

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