Department of English

First-Year Writing Initiatives

 

Professional Development


Best Practices Brownbags

Effective fall 2011, all graduate students who are 1050 instructors are required to attend at least 3 Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing Brownbags per academic year or term of appointment. Topics for these may include teaching with technology, teaching writing to ESL and/or ESD students, grading and assessment, or addressing cultural diversity in the classroom. Presenters may include current instructors and/or faculty at WMU, or guest speakers (pending budget approval) from other institutions. Instructors can be expected to spend 2 hours per brownbag attended. These brownbags will take place on Friday afternoons. Part-time instructors and faculty are welcome to attend. A 2011-2012 schedule will be posted at a later date.

Scholarly Lecture Series in the Teaching of Writing

Effective fall 2011, all graduate students who are 1050 instructors are required to attend at least 1 scholarly lecture from a scholar who publishes in the teaching of writing. Part-time instructors and faculty are welcome to attend. A 2011-2012 schedule will be posted at a later date.

First-Year Writing Professional Learning Community

All 1050 instructors are invited to participate in the FYW Professional Learning Community. While not required, instructors may form writing groups (that meet on an agreed time) to discuss ideas for drafting articles, conference presentations, or other scholarship related to the teaching of writing. Instructors may also form reading groups and consult books, academic journals, and other publications in the scholarship of teaching. These materials may be checked out in our First-Year Writing Library. The Director of First-Year Writing can facilitate these workshops and provide light refreshments for participants. Regular meetings will be be arranged with the Assistant Director of FYW to discuss plans for organizing writing groups and additional professional development opportunities related to the Scholarship of Teaching.


FYW Funding Initiatives


Travel Fellowships for Graduate Students to Present a Conference Paper Related to FYW

Up to 3 Fellowships may be given annually for graduate students wishing to present papers at regional or national conferences. Instructors should submit a copy of their accepted conference proposal and a 1 page statement that addresses how the project relates to first-year writing and supports their professional development as a teacher and scholar (presenter). A panel of faculty will evaluate the proposals and select winners.

Travel Fellowships for PTIs to present a paper related to FYW

Up to 2 Fellowships will be given annually to instructors wishing to present papers at regional or national conferences. Instructors should submit a copy of their accepted conference proposal and a 1 page statement concerning how the project relates to first-year writing and supports their professional development as a teacher and scholar or presenter. A panel of faculty will evaluate the proposals and select winners.

Best Essay Written by a 1050 Student Scholarship

A 1050 instructor may nominate a student’s essay or digital project for the best scholarship written by a 1050 student award. Instructors will complete a nomination form and prepare a letter of endorsement along with the student’s project. The student will receive a $250 cash prize for winning this award and will be recognized at the Department award ceremony. All submissions will be judged by a panel of English department faculty.

 

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