July 2022 Announcements

The University Writing Program has the following announcements to share for July. ⛱

Fall 2022 Canvas Blueprints for ENGL1105 and ENGL1106
We’ve finished updates to Canvas blueprints for ENGL1105 and ENGL1106. With assistance from TLOS, all sections will have those materials iterated/copied and in place by Friday, July 29. Canvas blueprints will primarily feature the instructor guide, an updated calendar, and prompts/descriptions for major projects regarded as common across the curriculum. Some (possibly useful) elements from previous versions of the courses will remain in place and unpublished; these can easily be customized or removed altogether as you begin preparations for the new semester.

August Workshop
This year’s August Workshop will be held August 10-12, just three days due to the earlier-than-usual start of the semester. The workshop is designed to support GTAs who will be teaching ENGL1105 in the fall. All whose attendance is expected/required will receive the workshop schedule from Dr. Megan Weaver, Dir. of GTA Education.

New Faculty Meet+Greet with Lunch 🥘
August’s UWP programming has shifted a bit from recent years in that while we are not hosting a guest speaker and Community Day event, we are instead welcoming all faculty who teach in the UWP to join us on Friday, August 12, for lunch and for a new faculty meet and greet. We are welcoming eight new faculty colleagues who will be teaching in the UWP this fall, and we want to spend time on Friday, August 12, introducing everyone, talking, and responding to any questions leading up to the new semester’s start. Please save the date and plan to join us if you can; a separate email reminder will follow in the first week of August.

New Faculty Colleagues
The UWP is pleased to welcome eight new full-time instructors this fall: Spencer Bennington (PhD, U South Florida); Amy Colombo (PhD, Virginia Commonwealth U); Ari Corradi (MA, Virginia Tech); Lily Corwin (PhD, Catholic U); Bessie Flores (MFA, Virginia Tech); Emily Hemmer (MA, U New Hampshire); Suresh Lohani (PhD, U Texas–El Paso); Ghazal Saeedfar (PhD, U Texas–Dallas).

2022-2023 University Writing Program Textbook – Understanding Rhetoric VT Custom Edition
The University Writing Program textbook for 2022-2023 will be available in print and as an ebook in VitalSource. Printed copies have arrived and will be distributed during the week of August 8. Please contact writing@vt.edu if you wish to have access to a printed copy sooner. We’re waiting for the ebook codes to arrive from Macmillan; once we receive them, those, too, will be distributed, hopefully no later than August 5. The textbook has been ordered for all sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106. Please remember to consult the curriculum maps under the Teaching Resources tab on HokiesWrite.com for insight into how the book spans both courses and how it may be augmented with supplemental materials at your discretion. Prices have remained stable for both print/paperback versions (68 USD) and ePub/digital versions (48 USD). Additional information is on HokiesWrite at http://www.hokieswrite.com/textbook/.

Book cover for Understanding Rhetoric, Virginia Tech Custom Edition for 2022-2023. Two cartoon hokie birds face one another with a mutual word bubble containing the words, a graphic guide to writing.

Syllabus Collection and Office Hours
All ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 syllabi are due to writing@vt.edu no later than Wednesday, August 24 (the first week of classes). Within a week of receiving syllabi, we will be updating the HokiesWrite faculty and GTA directory to reflect office hours posted for the new semester.

2022 Corridors Conference
The schedule/program is posted for the 2022 Corridors conference happening this fall on Saturday, October 1, 2022, in Shanks Hall. The theme is “Writing Changes: Remaking Rhetoric in Times of Uncertainty.” The program features 44 presenters from 19 colleges and universities (Virginia Tech, 15; Old Dominion, 6; Radford, 3; James Madison, 3; George Mason, 2; Mercer, 2; College of Charleston; CUNY College of Technology; U Virginia; U Louisville; Ohio State U; Utah Tech; Purdue; Georgia Southern; Appalachian State; Duke Kunshan U; Adam Mickiewicz U; and American U of Sharjah). Learn more at http://corridors.hokieswrite.com/.

University Writing Program Handbook and Outstanding Teaching Portfolios
We want to remind everyone about two invaluable resources to support and guide preparation for the academic year ahead: the University Writing Program Handbook and Outstanding Teaching Portfolios. The handbook is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TwC-8ev27KV2vfCOAmnVYyBTktNMNgcbKvXWeHnFG8I/edit?usp=sharing, and the portfolios are at http://www.hokieswrite.com/outstanding-teaching-portfolios/. Note that we are in the process of making minor updates to the handbook in the weeks between now and the start of the semester.

Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
The University Writing Program has published 31 pieces of distinguished student writing since 2019–all of it nominated by you, the faculty and GTAs who do the invaluable work of preparing Virginia Tech undergraduates for writing across academic, public/civic, and personal spheres. We encourage everyone teaching first-year writing at Virginia Tech to consider incorporating selections from the distinguished student writing (http://www.hokieswrite.com/distinguished-writing/) in your teaching this year. Additionally, the UWP will be exploring a PressBooks installation to aid with the accessibility and sustainable curation of these materials; please contact Derek Mueller at dmueller@vt.edu if you are interested in learning more or possibly pitching in on this effort.

Sustainable WAC (2018) by Michelle Cox, Jeffrey Galin, and Dan Melzer

Sustainable WAC Reading Group 📖
Are you interested in learning more about the research informing Writing Across the Curriculum? This fall we will be sponsoring a reading group that will meet to discuss Sustainable WAC (2018) by Michelle Cox, Jeffrey Galin, and Dan Melzer. Copies of the book will be provided to up to 10 participants (thus far we have confirmed interest from seven colleagues). The reading group meet-ups will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11-12 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 3-4 p.m. Please contact writing@vt.edu to express interest in participating.

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