Proposals: all proposals are due by Friday, March 31st
Notification: all applicants will be notified by Friday, April 14th
Faculty Workshop: May 8th and 9th
Writing Consultant Requests: we will send the call later in the spring
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a pedagogical movement which holds that development of critical thinking skills, discipline specific knowledge, and formal academic communication are fostered by the frequent incorporation of writing in the classroom. WAC promotes the following principles:
● Writing advances learning in any subject area.
● Writing development requires continuous effort.
● Writing cannot be separated from the discipline in which it is practiced.
● Writing is best taught by someone who combines disciplinary expertise and writing experience.
WAC pedagogy maintains that polished academic and professional writing comes from experience and advanced critical thinking, both of which can be achieved by using writing as a means of learning and by focusing on writing in the disciplines.
Description of Grant
The WAC program offers grants to support faculty who develop writing-intensive courses in the core and/or major. To acquire a writing intensive distinction, a course must be at the undergraduate level, allow significant opportunity for revision of student work, and take at least 40% of the course grade from writing assignments (including assignments such as papers, reports, in-class drafts, journals, blogs, essay exams, etc.).
Also, to receive the grant, faculty must take part in a faculty development program. The faculty development program begins with a two-day workshop, which helps faculty to develop and deliver a writing intensive course. This workshop emphasizes assignment development, effective responses to student writing, revision, writing with new technologies, and other practices. The workshop also focuses on teaching concerns such as managing the workload of a writing-intensive class, working with graduate and undergraduate writing consultants (for larger classes), articulating and assessing learning outcomes, and reflecting on teaching practices. Faculty develop their course syllabi and writing assignments over the summer and submit materials for review by the program at the end of the summer. This year's faculty training workshop will be held on May 8th and 9th, 2017.
As we consider this year's proposals, the following applications will be given priority:
● Applications from first-time applicants
● Applications from departments that are under-represented in the WAC program
● Applications for courses that don't traditionally use writing as part of their course goals
To submit a proposal for a new class, faculty should fill out the WAC course development grant application. Feel free to contact Brennan Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The grant award includes a $2,000 summer stipend and support from WAC-affiliated faculty and staff. As conditions for receiving a grant, faculty must be able to attend the training workshop (May 8th and 9th), to work independently on course development, to attend follow-up training sessions as necessary, to teach the course in the 2017-18 academic year, and to give a follow-up presentation or report to other faculty members if requested. Faculty involved with the CTW initiative may apply for the WAC grant, but the course they develop can not be a CTW course.