February 2022 Announcements

The University Writing Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for February 2022.

UWP Teaching Circles – Friday, February 25, 12:15-1:10 p.m., Zoom
For the University Writing Program, professional development includes gathering for generative conversations about teaching across all professional backgrounds and levels of experience. This Friday, Feb. 25th, from 12:15-1:10 p.m., we’ll meet for a UWP Teaching Circles event via Zoom (link distributed via email). The event is required for all GTAs actively teaching in the program and required for all GTAs enrolled in the mentoring section of ENGL 5034: Practicum; everyone in the Department of English is welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees will have an opportunity to workshop a teaching activity or assignment with a small group of colleagues. If you have a new assignment you would like feedback on, bring it! If you have an older activity you would like to refresh with new perspectives, bring it! Have an idea for an activity/assignment that you haven’t yet fleshed out? That’ll work too!

UWP Spring Colloquium – Dr. Rachel Gramer on Friday, April 1
Dr. Rachel Gramer from Illinois State University is the featured presenter and teaching workshop leader for the University Writing Program’s Spring 2022 Colloquium. The event will be held on Friday, April 1, with a presentation to faculty and GTAs from 12:15-1:10 p.m., followed by a teaching workshop from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in Shanks 370/380. Dr. Gramer’s talk is tentatively titled, “Talk about Writing Isn’t the Same as ‘Class Discussion,'” and the teaching workshop is framed as “Making Research-grounded Teaching Artifacts.” Descriptive blurbs for each will circulate in next month’s announcements.

Spring 2022 Program Calendar
The Spring 2022 University Writing Program calendar is up to date at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/

Pathways Assessment – Spring 2022
The Pathways data collection form will be updated by March 2022 at http://www.hokieswrite.com/pathways/. For all first-year writing sections, spring data is due no later than Wednesday, May 11. This deadline allows us to compile data from the 177 sections of first-year writing and to submit one report for the entire program. Remember that you can submit Pathways assessment data before the deadline (e.g., at the time you read and assign grades to the collection of writing). The focal assessment artifact will continue to be the rhetorical analysis project in ENGL1105 and the sustained research project in ENGL1106.

2022 Teaching Portfolio Award
The call for submissions is posted for the 2022 University Writing Program Teaching Portfolio Award–an annual award designed to encourage the development and collection of exemplary teaching materials from instructors and GTAs. Up to four $400 awards will be made this year. The 2021 award recipients are posted at http://www.hokieswrite.com/outstanding-teaching-portfolios/. Submissions may be focused on either ENGL1105 or ENGL1106. The full description of the award is available online at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cqRGBmoLssjtMBZw_qliCKHRVQHMvPPbilp3Urc9DNg/edit?usp=sharing. To be considered for the award, submit materials by Friday, March 11, 2022.

Writing About Writing and Critical Sourcebooks
The UWP has copies of Writing About Writing available for all who are interested. Writing About Writing is an undergraduate writing textbook that includes in it several teaching resources and framing pieces that correspond with this program’s guiding principles and course outcomes. Stop by Shanks 315 for your complimentary copy at your convenience. 

In addition, the program also has copies of each of the following critical sourcebooks related to key areas of research and scholarship in rhetoric and composition/writing studies. These critical sourcebooks are available on a first-available basis, so please reply to this email to ask for a resource to be left in your campus mailbox or stop by Shanks 315 for a copy. The titles–available to everyone in the department–are as follows:

  • Students’ Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Staci Perryman-Clark, David Kirkland, and Austin Jackson
  • Multimodal Composition: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Claire Lutkewitte
  • Writing Together: Collaboration in Theory and Practice, Edited by Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede
  • Writing Across the Curriculum: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Terry Myers Zawacki and Paul Rogers
  • Second-Language Writing in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Paul Kei Matsuda, Michelle Cox, Jay Jordan, and Christina Ortmeier-Hooper
  • Writing and Community Engagement: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Thomas Deans, Barbara Roswell, and Adrian Wurr
  • Style in Rhetoric and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Paul Butler
  • Assessing Writing: A Critical Sourcebook, Edited by Brian Huot and Peggy O’Neill
  • An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity, Edited by Mike Rose

Continue to let us on the program leadership team know if you have any questions we can help with.