Eastern Michigan University

English Department

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197

University Information: 734.487.1849

Professional Development

 

Workshop Information

 
Writing Fellows Program and Spring Writing Across the Curriculum Institute

The Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Fellows program is a professional enrichment experience focused on planning and offering courses that infuse writing. It is for any interested faculty member who will be teaching a Writing-Intensive (WI) course in the major or who wishes to incorporate writing into his/her Gen Ed or other courses.

Writing Fellows participate in a week-long Writing Across the Curriculum Institute held each spring. Participants use the Institute as an opportunity to develop or prepare to teach a WI or other course that uses writing. Topics addressed in the Institute include addressing the WI and other writing outcomes, integrating writing outcomes with other course outcomes and objectives, planning and giving writing assignments, supporting student writing, assigning formal and informal writing, grading and assessing writing, and managing the paper load in a writing-intensive course. We also discuss strategies for assessing courses that use writing, and we address how to train and mentor other faculty members who may also be teaching WI or other courses that use writing.

 

Writing Fellows receive an honorarium for participating in the Institute. They benefit from ongoing consultations and from access to electronic resources, including instructional materials that assist them with teaching their course(s). Writing Fellows also benefit from interaction and discussion about student writing with other colleagues from across campus.

 

Up to 25 faculty members are selected each year to participate in the Spring Writing Institute and in the Writing Fellows program for the following academic year. Faculty members must be available for all five days of the Institute.

 

Applications are made available in late January and can be sent to Dr. Ann Blakeslee via email (ann.blakeslee@emich.edu) or via campus mail (English Department, 612 Pray-Harrold). Questions about the Institute can also be directed to Ann.

 

Advanced Writing Fellows Program and Spring Communication Across the Curriculum Advanced Institute

The Communication Across the Curriculum Advanced Fellows program is for faculty members who have previously participated in a Writing Across the Curriculum Spring Institute. Those who are interested in incorporating team projects with reading, writing, and speaking components are especially encouraged to apply. The Institute is focused on helping faculty develop particular expertise in integrating communication competencies in their courses and programs.

 

Advanced CAC Fellows participate in a three-day Advanced Communication Across the Curriculum Institute. Participants use the Advanced CAC Institute as an opportunity to identify purposes for integrated projects and to develop outcomes that infuse reading, writing, speaking, and teaming.The three days are used to explore effective strategies for developing and implementing such projects, to design or re-design a course project, to consider and incorporate appropriate guidance and support for student success, and to develop rubrics for assessment.  Faculty members leave the Institute with confidence in their ability to design, support and effectively assess a team project.

 

Up to 15 faculty members are selected to participate in the Advanced Communication Across the Curriculum. Faculty members must have participated previously in a WAC Institute. They must also be available for all three days of the Institute.

 

Applications are made available in late January and can be sent to Dr. Ann Blakeslee via email (ann.blakeslee@emich.edu) or via campus mail (English Department, 612 Pray-Harrold). Questions about the Institute can also be directed to Ann.