Workshops and Seminars

Summer Seminar

June 24-28, 9 am-3 pm, lunch included every day

Twenty faculty from across campus and seasoned writing instructors meet every day for a week to help each other redesign writing assignments or create new ones. Faculty choose one class to focus on for the week. We will discuss, among other things,

  • how to rethink writing assignments to help students become better writers,
  • how to help novice writers become more expert,
  • how to grade more efficiently and respond more effectively,
  • how to revise for better style,
  • how to conference effectively and set up peer review,
  • how to break up large projects into smaller ones,
  • how to help students design oral presentations,
  • how to use writing to help student learn content.

Open to full-time faculty.  $1,000 in your research account for coming all week and finishing short assignments.  Come get energized by discussing with writing experts and other faculty how to help students improve as writers.  Apply by May 17.  Limited enrollment so apply early. See attachment for details.

Apply here for Summer Seminar


Summer Reading Group

Announcing the summer reading book for Writing Across the Curriculum!

In the past we have read books about teaching writing and about theories of teaching and learning.  This year we are reading a book to help us understand our students better, since this current generation of students has unique challenges.

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What That Means for the Rest of Us)

by Jean M. Twenge (professor of psychology San Diego State University)

Atria Books (An imprint of Simon & Schuster), 2017.

We will meet three times this summer/spring:

May 20, June 17, July 15, all Mondays.

Noon-1 in 4188 JFSB

Sign up here.

Sign up if you would like to read the book and join in our discussion. You will have to purchase your own copy of the book. This book reads easily, and it is full of insights into this current generation.  Our discussions will apply the issues in our readings to our experience in teaching college.  How can we help our students thrive at our university, given the challenges and the culture of their generation.