Faculty Learning Community for Teaching Writing

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The Faculty Learning Community for Teaching Writing meets biweekly for one semester to offer faculty support in teaching students to write effectively in their disciplines. By treating writing itself as a subject of study, the learning community increases awareness of what makes writing “good” (or bad) in specific disciplines and professions. Participants then learn to make discipline-specific writing strategies transparent to their students, enabling them to write for different contexts, audiences, and purposes.

Meetings will focus on current research about teaching writing, effective curriculum design, and assessment practices, which participants can directly apply to their classes and programs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this semester-long program, participants will be able to:

  • Teach writing as a process that is both context-dependent and discipline-specific.
  • Explain their discipline’s central concepts about writing to students.
  • Integrate writing opportunities and practice strategically into their curriculum.
  • Design writing assignments that allow students to meet disciplinary expectations.
  • Assess student writing efficiently and effectively.

Facilitator: Maria Gigante

Dates and Location:

All meetings will take place at UCC Room 2033 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
  • Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
  • Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
  • Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020
  • Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020

Sign-up Instructions

We encourage participants to sign up in teams from their academic units (2-3 people is ideal), although you can certainly sign up individually. Teams are encouraged because: (1) curriculum design is a component of the learning community, and it’s a good idea to have multiple perspectives from your department, (2) there is strength in numbers when reporting back to departments about curricular revision and how best to meet the needs of the academic unit, and (3) it’s easier (and more fun) to examine writing in your discipline with a friend or colleague. 

To sign-up please fill out the registration form.

Please call the Office of Faculty Development if there are questions (269-387-0732).