January 2022 Announcements

The University Writing Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for January 2022.

Writing Program Dialogues (WAVA) – Wednesday, January 12, 3-4 p.m., Zoom
Please join us–writing faculty, graduate students, and program administrators from across the Commonwealth of Virginia–on Wednesday afternoon, January 12, from 3-4 p.m., for an hour-long dialogue about teaching writing. In affiliation with Writing Across Virginia (WAVA), the event is meant to foster cross-talk that is supportive and generative for all who attend. Our open, informal conversation will be initiated with the following question: What are some specific ways your teaching foregrounds support for student well-being? How does your teaching practice bring about and sustain meaningful interactions related to student wellness? Depending on the number of people who attend, we might use breakout rooms for the first half of the session before reconvening as a larger group. The session will be held at [link sent via email]. If you have any questions, please contact Derek Mueller at dmueller@vt.edu.

Welcome Back and Teaching ENGL1106 Discussion, “Writing From What Now?” – Thursday, January 13, 3-4 p.m., Zoom
Please join us on Thursday, January 13, from 3-4 p.m., via Zoom [link sent via email], for a conversation about ENGL1106: First-year Writing: Writing from Research. The session is set up for us to discuss pedagogical choices, the ENGL1106 curriculum map, and to hone our teaching practices as we begin a new semester teaching research writing. The session is open to everyone in the English Department. 

Syllabus and Office Hours Collection – Due by Wednesday, January 19, 2022
If you are teaching ENGL1105 or ENGL1106 this spring, submit your completed syllabus and office hours to writing@vt.edu (or composition@vt.edu) no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. 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 the end of the month, 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.

Open Access Textbook Published – Try This: Research Methods for Writers
The WAC Clearinghouse announced this week that Try This: Research Methods for Writers is now available at https://wac.colostate.edu/books/practice/try/. This happens to be the 150th OER title published in the WAC Clearinghouse’s 25-year history. Selections from earlier drafts of the book have been included in the VT custom edition of Understanding Rhetoric for the past three years. This free, OER textbook aligns promisingly with Virginia Tech’s ENGL1106 and comparable second semester research writing courses elsewhere, as well as writing courses at other levels that foreground research design, methods and methodologies, and research ethics. We also hoped for it to be maximally flexible—the sort of book that can be applied in pieces and across disciplines.

Figure 1. Book cover for Try This: Research Methods for Writers. Clary-Lemon, Jennifer, Mueller, Derek, & Pantelides, Kate. (2022). Try This: Research Methods for Writers. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado. https://doi.org/10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1442

Spring 2022 Program Calendar
The Spring 2022 University Writing Program calendar is up to date at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/

Submissions/Nominations for Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
The University Writing Program has collected and published (with thanks to Maggie Fernandes) 19 pieces of Distinguished Student Writing since November 2020, which are meant to celebrate the writing done by first-year students at Virginia Tech, as well as to provide the entire program with student writing that can be used as reading and introduced as model texts in ENGL1105 & ENGL1106. The collection is available online 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, refer the University Writing Program Handbook (p. 40) at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TwC-8ev27KV2vfCOAmnVYyBTktNMNgcbKvXWeHnFG8I/edit.

Pathways Assessment – Spring 2022
Thank you to everyone for submitting timely Pathways data in Fall 2021; we collected reports from every section of ENGL1105 & ENGL1106. Updates to the data collection form and timeline will be posted by February 2022 at http://www.hokieswrite.com/pathways/. For all first-year writing sections, spring data is due no later than Wednesday, May 11. This deadline allows us to compile data from the 172 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 to be the rhetorical analysis project in ENGL1105 and the sustained research project in ENGL1106.

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 http://www.hokieswrite.com/outstanding-teaching-portfolios/. 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 11, 2022.

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 http://www.hokieswrite.com/university-writing-program-uwp-doctoral-fellowship/.

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