November-December 2021 Announcements

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

Submissions/Nominations for Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
As the Fall 2021 semester nears its end, the University Writing Program invites distinguished writing submissions from first-year students enrolled in ENGL1105 or ENGL1106. Submissions are published at We appreciate the effort being made by so many instructors and GTAs to encourage first-year students to submit their writing. For more information about the nomination process, visit the instructor guide module in the Canvas blueprint for ENGL1105 or ENGL1106.

Pathways Assessment Required for All Sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106
Pathways assessment has resumed for Fall 2021. 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 In addition, Maggie Fernandes will be available to discuss the process and to answer questions in Shanks 440 from 12:15-1:10 p.m. on Monday, November 29, and Friday, December 3. 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 Wednesday, December 15

Canvas Blueprints, Textbook Orders, and Section Counts for Spring 2022
We anticipate offering approximately 15 sections of ENGL1105 and 143 sections of ENGL1106 next semester. Canvas blueprints have been updated and will copy/populate into all Canvas course shells this week. The Virginia Tech custom edition of Understanding Rhetoric has been ordered for all sections of ENGL1105 & ENGL1106 for Spring 2022.

JOGLTEP Special Issue Call for Proposals
The Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies recently circulated a call for proposals for a 2022 special issue on digital composition, literacies, and pedagogies. The CFP invites contributions that make critical inquiries into emerging opportunities and challenges at the juncture of digital compositions, literacies, and pedagogies, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Brief proposals are due by December 15, 2021, with a projected issue release date of December 15, 2022. For more information, visit

Looking Ahead: 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 Submissions may be focused on either ENGL1105 or ENGL1106. The full description of the award is available online at To be considered for the award, submit materials by Friday, March 11, 2022.

University Writing Program Calendar
The Spring 2022 University Writing Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite

University Writing Program (UWP) Doctoral Fellowship
The Virginia Tech Rhetoric and Writing PhD program invites applications for the inaugural 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, 2022. Learn more about the UWP Doctoral Fellowship at

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