November 2022 Announcements

The University Writing Program has the following snaps, high fives, and interspersed logorrheica to share for November.

What Is Even Happening
We’ve been receiving a growing number of informal requests for a run-down of what’s happening in the University Writing Program. In response, this section of the monthly announcements is intended to add transparency to the day-for-day operations of the program. As UWP director, I am always open to discussing in more detail anyall of the projects we have underway, and to learning about your ideas for projects you would like to see (or be a part of). – Derek

  • UWP Committee Meeting – Our last meeting of the semester was held on 11/7/22; the minutes were sent to everyone on 11/7 and posted to the department’s Canvas site.
  • UWP Leadership Team Meeting – The second of two whole group UWP leadership team meetings this semester happened on 11/14. We discussed the work that’s been done this semester in the University Writing Center, Writing Across the Curriculum, GTA Education (5004, 5034, and mentoring program), course director-led workshops and Canvas updates, coordination (equivalencies, scheduling, etc.) and more.
  • Ten colleagues from within and beyond English participated in the Writing Across the Curriculum reading group on 10/12 and 11/1.
  • Mueller has been working with Anita Walz and Peter Potter in VT Publishing to procure a PressBooks installation where we hope to publish (and curate) the UWP’s Distinguished Student Writing.
  • In an effort to facilitate Writing Across the Curriculum integrations, Mueller and Travis Webster are meeting with Kim Filer (CETL) and Stephen Biscotte (Pathways).
  • Writing Across Virginia (WAVA) held an open, informal meet-up on Zoom on Thursday, 11/10, as writing faculty and administrators from across the commonwealth shared about their programs. The gathering had attendees from VT, ODU, GMU, Brightpoint CC, American U, and VCU. Fore more information and to join WAVA’s mailing list (all are welcome!), visit
  • The UWP with invaluable help from Eve Trager and Bailey Doan has initiated a hosting changeover for, which is scheduled for early December.
  • We’ve reviewed course requests for Spring and expect to see additional interest in ENGL1105, ENGL1106, ENGL2014, and ENGL3754 during the add period, which begins on November 25. As needed, scheduling adjustments based on enrollment, we’re told, will happen in mid-December.

Pathways Assessment Required for All Sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106
The Pathways data collection process has been updated and is accepting submissions from Fall ’22 sections. All sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 must report data this semester. Instructions specific to the University Writing Program are available for you to review at If you have questions about Pathways assessment, please stop by office hours with Derek Mueller (Tu., 1:30-3), Jenna Zan (M, 3:30-4:30; F, 12-1), or Florence Gonsalves (WF, 12:30-1:30, Zoom). In addition, Derek Mueller will be available to discuss the process and to answer questions via Zoom [link sent via email] from 2-3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 30. Please remember that Pathways data can be submitted when you complete the evaluation of the major project anchoring each course (rhetorical analysis in ENGL1105 and sustained research project in ENGL1106); you don’t have to wait until final grades are due (though you can, of course). Data for sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 16.

Canvas Blueprints, Textbook Orders, and Section Counts for Spring 2023
We are planning to offer 15 sections of ENGL1105 and 151 sections of ENGL1106 next semester. Course directors T Passwater and Shakil Rabbi have updated the Canvas blueprints to reflect Spring 2023 adjustments (Thank you!). The Virginia Tech custom edition of Understanding Rhetoric has been ordered for all sections of ENGL1105 & ENGL1106 for Spring 2023.

University Writing Program (UWP) Doctoral Fellowship
As our department’s graduate program application deadlines are approaching early in the new year, once again the Virginia Tech Rhetoric and Writing PhD program invites applications for the University Writing Program (UWP) Fellowship. The University Writing Program coalesces the first-year writing and advanced writing and research curriculums, the writing center, and writing across the curriculum. The UWP Fellowship is designed to support the scholarly commitments of doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups, including Black, Latinx, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, regardless of citizenship status. Applications to the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program are due no later than January 16, 2023. Learn more about the UWP Doctoral Fellowship at

University Writing Program Calendar
The Fall 2022 University Writing Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite. We’re working on the Spring 2023 UWP calendar and will have it posted by mid-late December.

Cover image: Queerly Centered
LGBTQA Writing Center Directors Navigate the Workplace (green with white and light green type).
Dr. Travis Webster’s Queerly Centered: LGBTQA Writing Center Directors Navigate the Workplace (2022)

Travis Webster’s Queerly Centered Selected for 2022 IWCA Outstanding Book Award
Because an international book award is something to be celebrated and celebrated again (and at least one more time after that), we in the UWP wish to share again the news that Travis Webster’s recently published monograph, Queerly Centered: LGBTQA Writing Center Directors Navigate the Workplace, was chosen by the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) for its 2022 Outstanding Book Award. The award was announced at last month’s IWCA conference in Vancouver, B.C. For more information about the book, visit And please join us in congratulating Travis on this well-deserved honor.

Send In Your Best!: 2023 Teaching Portfolio Award
The call for submissions is posted for the 2023 Composition 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 Submissions may be focused on either ENGL1105 or ENGL1106, though the awards this year are partial to ENGL1106. The full description of the award is available online at To be considered for the award, submit materials by Friday, March 10, 2023.

Spring 2023 Seats Are Still Available in ENGL2014: Food Writing and ENGL3754: Advanced Composition
Do you know a Hokie who wants more experience with writing? If so, we’re grateful for every effort to spotlight these Spring 2023 course offerings with prospective students. ENGL2014: Food Writing (CRN: 21697) is being offered MW, 4-5:15, and ENGL3754: Advanced Composition (CRN: 15160) (aka Advanced Writing and Research beginning next fall) is running TR 11-12:15. Both classes are counted for Pathways 1A (Advanced Discourse) credit.

Spring 2023 Course Flier: ENGL3754: Advanced Composition (CRN: 15160), TR 11-12:15 p.m.
Spring 2023 Course Flier: ENGL3754: Advanced Composition (CRN: 15160), TR 11-12:15 p.m.

Spring 2023 Course Flier: ENGL2014: Food Writing (CRN: 21697), MW 4-5:15 p.m.
Spring 2023 Course Flier: ENGL2014: Food Writing (CRN: 21697), MW 4-5:15 p.m.

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