Words of Wisdom
Proofread your paper in addition to running spell check. Colombia is a country in South America; Columbia is a river in Missouri. Likewise, Chile is a country in South America; chili is something you eat. Spell check will not catch the Untied States of America, revolutionary pheasants or gorilla fighters. Pinochet was not a muppet of the USA. I may be amused, but you will lose points for sloppy writing.
Dr. Candace Hastings is the director of the Texas A&M University Writing Center, where she supervises daily operations, including hiring and training writing consultants. Her passion is working with graduate students trying to write theses and dissertations by running dissertation writing workshops and facilitating graduate student writing groups. Executive Director Valerie Balester jokingly calls her “the dissertation whisperer.” Prior to her arrival at A&M, she served as the dean of distance education at Blinn College where she developed the program from the ground up. Before moving into administration, she taught undergraduate composition and literature courses for twenty years at community colleges in both wired and unwired environments. In addition, she is a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University in the department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development. Her research interests include writing centers, academic integrity, and faculty development. As Candace Schaefer, she is the co-author of the Creative Writing Guide, published by Longman.