January 2021 Announcements

With the start of Spring 2021 classes coming up on Tuesday, January 19, the Composition Program has the following announcements to share for January.

Syllabus and Office Hours Collection – Due by Tuesday, January 26, 2021
If you are teaching ENGL1105 or ENGL1106 this spring, submit your completed syllabus and office hours to composition@vt.edu no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Office hours are the regular days and times each week when students can expect to connect with you (via Zoom, or using any other platform you specify).

By early February, the program leadership team will post everyone’s office hours to the HokiesWrite directory. We will also complete syllabus review using the same process applied in recent semesters. The Virginia Tech custom edition of Understanding Rhetoric (48 USD on VitalSource) has been ordered for all sections, and Canvas blueprints are set in place for all instructional faculty to use and adapt.

Spring 2021 Program Calendar
The Spring 2021 Composition Program calendar is up to date at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/. Our first event of the semester is the Welcome Back and Teaching Circles on Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:15-1:10 p.m. via Zoom. Attendance is required for GTAs and encouraged for instructors.

Submissions/Nominations for Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
This semester the Composition Program will continue collecting and publishing distinguished writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106. In November and December, we received seven submissions, which are published as part of the document gallery at http://www.hokieswrite.com/docgallery/. We encourage everyone to feature these pieces in classes and to nominate students whose writing you consider outstanding. For more information about the nomination process, visit the instructor guide module in the Canvas blueprint for ENGL1105 or ENGL1106.

Pathways Assessment – Resuming in Spring 2021
Pathways Assessment is resuming in Spring 2021. Updates to the data collection form and timeline will be posted by February 2021 at http://www.hokieswrite.com/pathways/. For all composition sections, data is due no later than Sunday, May 16. This deadline allows us to compile data from the 155 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 as it has in the past–the rhetorical analysis project in ENGL1105 and the sustained research project in ENGL1106.

2021 Teaching Portfolio Award
The call for submissions is posted for the 2021 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. 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 12, 2021.

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