The University of Pittsburgh Writing Center is part of the Composition Program. Established in the 1970s, the Writing Center is staffed by faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate tutors. It offers free tutorials and writing-related events to the University community. The Writing Center’s Dissertation Boot Camps are popular with graduate students across the University.
The Nietz Old Textbook Collection, housed in Special Collections in Hillman Library, holds 16,000 volumes, mostly from the 19th century. Faculty and students in the Composition program have found the collection to be a rich source for their scholarship. The Full-Text Collection, available online, contains 141 schoolbooks.
The Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, produces some of the leading scholarship in the field. Books in the series, edited by Composition faculty members David Bartholomae and Jean Ferguson Carr, have won JAC's Gary A. Olson Award, MLA's Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, JAC's W. Ross Winterowd Award, CCCC's Outstanding Book Award, Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title Award, the Rhetoric Society of America's Book Award, NCTE's David H. Russell Award, and CEE's James H. Britton Award.
Mariolina Salvatori explores the cultural and historical significance (especially for immigrants) of Catholic devotional objects such as immaginette (prayer cards that depict saints) and ex votos (depictions of vows that were answered with miracles). Her website explains her investment and approach to this project and offers many photos of the artifacts she is studying. Mariolina retired from the Composition faculty in 2013.