University Writing Program (UWP) Committee

The University Writing Program (UWP) Committee is a standing committee within the Department of English and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) at Virginia Tech. The committee’s specific responsibilities are detailed in the department’s governance document. To request the committee’s attention to an issue, to be invited as a guest, or to suggest an agenda item for an upcoming meeting, please send requests and suggestions via email to writing -AT- vt.edu.

2021-2022 University Writing Program (UWP) Committee

Netta Baker (2022)
Dr. Sherri Craig (2023)
Laura Fehr (2023)
Maggie Fernandes (2022, PhD rep, acclaimed; votes)
Florence Gonsalves (2022, MA/MFA rep; votes)
Jenny Lawrence (Dir., Writing Center, ex officio)
Julie Mengert (Assoc. Dir. of the UWP, ex officio)
Dr. Derek Mueller (Dir. of the UWP, committee chair)
Dr. Megan Weaver (Dir. of GTA Ed., ex officio)

Schedule and Minutes

The University Writing Program (UWP) Committee generally meets monthly during the academic year (August 10 – May 9). Meeting days and times are posted on the program calendar. The committee operates with the goal of establishing and circulating an agenda one week before the scheduled meeting time; minutes from each meeting are sent to the department and also posted to the departmental Canvas site (login access requires permission) for archiving and record-keeping.

Committee Responsibilities and Make-up

(from department governance document, which is being updated in 2021-2022)

The duties of the University Writing Program Committee include determining policies, curricula, and outcomes for English 1105, 1106, and 1204H. The committee also oversees the development of the custom composition textbook and works with the Director of the University Writing Program to invite and host visiting scholars in composition as well as other professional development opportunities for faculty teaching University Writing Program courses. In addition, the committee explores and encourages diversity efforts in writing classrooms and in the program overall.

The University Writing Program Committee is chaired by the Director of the University Writing Program, who is appointed by the Department Chair, and includes the Director of the Writing Center, the Assistant Director of the University Writing Program, and the Coordinator of GTA Education. One University Writing Program Program Assistant selected by all University Writing Program Assistants serves a one-year term with voting rights.

The committee includes three elected faculty members: one professor of any rank from among the Rhetoric and Writing faculty and two instructors. The electorate for all of the faculty positions is the faculty as a whole. All of the elected members serve two-year, staggered terms. The Department Chair appoints one additional faculty member of any rank to the committee for a one-year term. Two GTAs are elected (one from the PhD program and one from the MA or MFA program) to one-year terms as nonvoting members. The electorate for the PhD student consists of GTAs in the PhD program. The electorate for the MA/MFA student consists of all GTAs from the MA and MFA programs.

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