Reflection in the First-Year Writing Classroom

At the end of each semester it’s nice to take a moment to look back and reflect, whether in general or through an assignment like ENGL 1105’s reflection essay. In this post I am going to give a brief overview of reflection and provide some resources for better understanding reflection and bringing it into the … Read moreReflection in the First-Year Writing Classroom

November Instructor Spotlight: Tim Becker

Hello Hokie Writers! Our composition program at Virginia Tech is home to many wonderful instructors who care deeply for their students and their professional work. So, to show our thanks for these instructors, we’ve developed a monthly installment called “Instructor Spotlight” that will feature an instructor who is currently teaching composition at VT. What better … Read moreNovember Instructor Spotlight: Tim Becker

November 2019 Announcements

The Composition Program has the following announcements to share for November 2019. Pathways Assessment Required for All Sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106All sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 must report Pathways assessment ratings this semester. Instructions specific to the Composition Program are available for you to review at Pathways data can be submitted when you complete the evaluation of … Read moreNovember 2019 Announcements

September 2019 Announcements

Composition Program Teaching TalkMaterials from the Composition Program Teaching Talk on Wednesday, Sept. 11, which consisted of a Pathways Assessment refresher and a discussion of Multilingual Writing and ELL Students, are available in the document gallery online: The CCCC Statement on Second Language Writers and Writing is available at Title IX Presentation and … Read moreSeptember 2019 Announcements

Job Posting: Collegiate Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Writing

The Department of English at Virginia Tech invites applications for a Collegiate Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Writing, who will teach in and who will contribute to the leadership of a growing, vibrant Composition Program, to begin August 2020. (See §5.1.5 of the Faculty Handbook at for information on the rank of Collegiate Professor.) … Read moreJob Posting: Collegiate Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Writing

Google Folders for Collecting Portfolios (All Writing)

Prepared for instructors, this video gives an overview of the process for creating and managing cumulative project submissions (including all daily classwork, in-class writing, peer reviews, and so on) in the Composition Program at Virginia Tech. Sample messages for sharing folders with individual students are posted in the comments in YouTube for your adaptation and … Read moreGoogle Folders for Collecting Portfolios (All Writing)

Composition Program – August Announcements and Reminders

Syllabus and Office Hours CollectionWe have syllabi to collect from more than 170 sections of composition this fall, so your timely assistance with this important task will be a great help to us. Please send syllabi and office hours to composition -AT- no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, September 4. If you are … Read moreComposition Program – August Announcements and Reminders

One Syllabus Nearly Reached to Roanoke

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The new semester’s start date, August 26 for Virginia Tech, is in the now-near approaching horizon, and this means that even if we haven’t actually started back-to-school work properly, many of us probably are starting back-to-school thinking. As Fall 2019 approaches, we intend to share a few generative links, resources that have floated by on … Read moreOne Syllabus Nearly Reached to Roanoke