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Faculty Events (2018-19)

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence has scheduled the following events for the 2018-19 academic year.

Faculty Writing Fellows Program

Teams of 3-5 faculty from one department or program meet weekly with teams from other disciplines in order to take a “master class” that leads them to identify threshold concepts of their disciplines, understand how writing can be used to help students learn those threshold concepts, consider how mastery and transfer of writing-related knowledge work, and identify specific characteristics of “good writing” in their fields.

During the last third of the semester, teams will work on projects of their choosing related to the teaching of writing in their courses and programs. On the last day of the course, they share their projects with the full cohort. Past Fellows teams have designed Advanced Writing courses, designed new writing assignments, revised their program course sequences to more effectively teach writing across time, and created repositories of writing resources for their departments.

Each participant receives a $2,000 stipend, the title of Howe Faculty Writing Fellow, and access to a variety of resources and pilot initiatives such as course-embedded writing consultants and assistance with peer review.

The program meets every Monday from 3:30-5:00.

We are accepting team applications for both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

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Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Workshop Series

We encourage faculty to attend all workshops in a given sequence in order to get the most benefit, but you are also welcome to attend one session. Faculty who attend all sessions in a sequence will receive an Amazon gift card.

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Designing Assignments & Assessment That Align with Your Writing Goals

Attendees will identify a specific course they want to work on, and they will produce or revise materials for that class throughout the three-workshop series.

Monday Series (led by Elizabeth Wardle)

  • Monday, September 10, 10:05-11:20 What are your writing goals for this class?
  • Monday, September 17, 10:05-11:20 How can writing assignments support your learning goals?
  • Monday, September 24, 10:05-11:20 How can you provide formative and summative assessment that supports learning goals?

Tuesday Series (led by Ann Updike)

  • Tuesday, September 4, 10:05-11:25 What are your writing goals for this class?
  • Tuesday, September 11, 10:05-11:25 How can writing assignments support your learning goals?
  • Tuesday, September 18, 10:05-11:25 How can you provide formative and summative assessment that supports learning goals?

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Stand-Alone Workshops

The WAC Workshop Series provides support for the teaching of writing in your courses and across courses in your program. Although you might benefit from attending several workshops in the series, you are more than welcome to attend only one.

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Conceptions of Writing

What are some “threshold concepts” about writing that inform your own writing lives, and how can you draw on those to use writing more effectively in your classes?

  • Wednesday, October 10, 11:40-12:55 (led by Elizabeth Wardle)
  • Thursday, October 11, 10:05-11:25 (led by Ann Updike)

Transfer of Writing-Related Knowledge

Why do students struggle to use what they know about writing in new contexts and types of assignments, and how can we help them do this more effectively? 

  • Monday, October 22, 11:40-12:55 (led by Elizabeth Wardle and Caitlin Martin), King 133
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2:30-4:30, (led by Elizabeth Wardle and Caitlin Martin) Farmer TBD

Effective Practices Lunch Series: Advanced Writing and “W” Courses

These lunchtime events will include brief “show and tell” presentations about writing assignments and activities that have been effective in Advanced Writing or “W” courses. Attendees will then engage in an open conversation about ways to effectively include writing in their disciplinary courses.

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Lunch One: Helping Students Engage in Disciplinary Inquiry Through Writing

  • Wednesday, October 3, 11:40-12:55pm

Lunch Two: Using Writing to Support Learning in Disciplinary Courses

  • Tuesday, October 30, 1:15-2:35pm

Writing Retreats (Formerly Boot Camps)

Devote an entire day (or a week) to your writing while the HCWE takes care of breakfast, lunch, drinks, and power for your laptop. As-needed consultations with writing center staff will be available.

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Fall 2018

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

Winter 2019

  • Tuesday, January 22
  • Wednesday, January 23
  • Thursday, January 24
  • Friday, January 25

Faculty Writing Groups

Faculty who are interested in being accountable for their own writing throughout the year are invited to sign up for faculty writing groups. Each group will make their own plans for when to write and how to be accountable to one another.

Learn more about Faculty Writing Groups»