“How Writing Works in Your Disciplines and Lives: Investigating Disciplinary Practices, Values, and Beliefs”
Writing Center Faculty Workshop
Supported by the Jim and Judi Herbert Excellence in Writing Endowment
June 21-22, 2018
The Writing Center is launching a new initiative to support faculty in various disciplines who assign writing in their courses. We invite small groups of faculty from any department to participate in a summer workshop, “How Writing Works in Your Disciplines and Lives: Investigating Disciplinary Practices, Values, and Beliefs.”
Small faculty “teams” from departments will engage in investigations of their disciplinary process, practices, and beliefs around writing. Participants should finish the workshop with new ideas for writing assignments, new strategies for teaching writing, new writing-intensive course ideas, and/or suggestions for their departments on how to improve the overall teaching of writing of their majors, minors, or graduate students. They also will develop a stronger understanding of the larger institutional context in which their courses dwell—that is, what they can expect from students who have taken UT’s first-year writing courses and how they can help students transfer existing knowledge and skills to the disciplinary writing in their courses.
Departments planning to create or resubmit writing-intensive (“WC”) courses for approval for the new General Education curriculum, or those who have identified learning outcomes involving student writing as something to work on in the coming year, are especially encouraged to take advantage of this workshop.
Participation and Commitment
Department Heads: Please encourage a small group of 2-4 professorial and/or full-time lecturer faculty to apply to participate in the workshop. Applications are due by May 18, 2018.
The faculty teams will meet for the workshop on June 21-22. Lunch and refreshments will be served. (Ideally, if the faculty teams can stay together and attend two days, we think we can get the most done. If not, then we will ask each team to stay for one day for a modified version of the workshop and then offer the same workshop to another set of faculty teams the next day.)
During the workshop, faculty will engage in collaborative activities and explorations of writing at the university and in their departments/majors. They will complete descriptions of disciplinary writing in their department; those will be posted on the Writing Center’s website for the benefit of other faculty. (See descriptions created by similar faculty teams at Miami University.)
Following the workshop, faculty teams will return to their departments to discuss their ideas and make suggestions for ways to integrate writing into their courses and programs in order to meet goals and needs specific to their context. The director of the Writing Center will reach out to faculty teams during the coming year to continue the conversations started in the workshop.
Incentives for Participating
The home departments of participating faculty will be eligible for Writing Center support to help carry out their planned curricular changes, such as consultation/training from the Writing Center for the GTAs who support their courses, if applicable, and priority access to appointments with disciplinary writing tutors in the Writing Center. More details will be given at the workshop.
The workshop is hosted by the Writing Center and supported by the Jim and Judi Herbert Excellence in Writing Endowment. The invited workshop leader is Elizabeth Wardle, Howe Professor and Director of the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University. She is co-editor of Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies; author of Writing about Writing, a textbook that asks students and teachers to change how they think about writing; and author of numerous articles on writing transfer, threshold concepts, and student writing. Professor Wardle leads the workshops for the faculty groups engaging in this work at Miami University. Read descriptions of what faculty there have done after engaging in this process.
Please get in touch with Professor Kirsten Benson, Director of the Writing Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-974-8266, with any questions.