May-June 2022 Announcements

The University Writing Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for May-June 💐 2022.

Leadership Team Changes for 2022-2023 🔷
The UWP wishes to extend gratitude and congratulations to our colleagues, Steve Oakey, who has fulfilled his appointment on the UWP leadership team, and Maggie Fernandes, who has finished the Rhetoric & Writing PhD Program and will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas this fall. In response to the recent call for interest in UWP leadership team roles, we want to welcome the faculty who will be joining the leadership team, starting August 10: Sherri Craig, Practicum Coordinator; Amanda McGlone, Mentoring Coordinator; T Passwater, ENGL1105 Course Director; Shakil Rabbi, ENGL1106 Course Director, and Jenna Zan, UWP Coordinator. The newly elected members of the University Writing Program Committee are Kira Morse and André Jones.

ENGL1106 Online-Asynchronous Initiative 💻
With generous support from the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost Rachel Holloway, the UWP has agreed to a two-year pilot of online, asynchronous sections of ENGL1106. We are projecting 14 such sections in Fall 2022 and 18 sections in Spring 2023. The initiative’s faculty lead is Julie Mengert; the ENGL1106 OA team includes Shakil Rabbi, Trevor Snyder, André Jones, Jaclyn Drapeau, and Steve Oakey.

August Workshop – Save the Dates 📅
Our August Workshop this fall will be held on August 10-12. Additional details will circulate in July. The August workshop’s purposes include to meet and get better acquainted with one another, to become familiar with program leaders and important student affairs offices and staff, to refresh our collective understanding of the writing curriculum and its priorities, to collect, share, and review teaching materials and resources, and to act as a community of practice as we prepare for the teaching in the new semester. These dates along with selected other events have been posted on the program’s Fall 2022 calendar at

2022-2023 University Writing Program Textbook – Understanding Rhetoric VT Custom Edition
The University Writing Program textbook for 2022-2023 will be available in print and ebook formats (~1200 print copies will be available in the bookstore). All instructors and GTAs will receive both printed copies and ePub/digital access by mid-July. Pricing has remained stable for both print/paperback versions (68 USD) and ePub/digital versions (48 USD). Additional information is on HokiesWrite at

2022 Corridors Conference 📅
The 2022 Corridors conference will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The theme is “Writing Changes: Remaking Rhetoric in Times of Uncertainty.” The call for proposals is posted online at Proposals are due no later than May 31, 2022

Corridors: Blue Ridge will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022. This year’s theme is “Writing Changes: Remaking Rhetoric in Times of Uncertainty.”

Writing Across the Curriculum Institute 🔷
Ten Virginia Tech faculty participated as inaugural Writing Across the Curriculum Fellows during the May 16-18 institute, hosted in the Center for Rhetoric in Society, with invaluable support from Dean Laura Belmonte in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Department of English, and the University Writing Program. Institute participants included the following:

  • Prof. Michael Borowski, Photography
  • Prof. Christine Burgoyne, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Christopher Campo-Bowen, Musicology
  • Dr. Josh Iorio, Construction Engineering
  • Dr. TeKisha Rice, Human Development and Family Science
  • Dr. Kelly Scarff, Mechanical Engineering
  • Prof. Deborah Sim, Visual Arts
  • Dr. Jo Wolf, History and Religious Studies
  • Dr. Meng Yu, VT English
  • Prof. Jenna Zan, VT English

The three-day event was principally facilitated by Dr. Travis Webster, Assistant Professor and Dir. of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Dr. Rebecca Hallman Martini, Assistant Professor and Writing Center Director at University of Georgia, with guest presentations from Prof. Jenny Lawrence, Dr. Shakil Rabbi, and Dr. Sherri Craig.

Sustainable WAC (2018) by Michelle Cox, Jeffrey Galin, and Dan Melzer

Sustainable WAC Reading Group 📖
Are you interested in learning more about the research informing Writing Across the Curriculum? This fall we will be sponsoring a reading group that will meet to discuss Sustainable WAC (2018) by Michelle Cox, Jeffrey Galin, and Dan Melzer. Copies of the book will be provided to up to 10 participants. The reading group meet-ups will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11-12 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 3-4 p.m. Please contact to express interest in participating.

CCCC 2023 Proposals Due June 7 📅
The 2023 Conference on College Composition and Communication will be held in Chicago, Ill., February 15-18. The conference theme is Doing Hope in Desperate Times. The call for proposals is available at Proposals are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Compassion Workshops, June 22-23 (on behalf of Marc Zaldivar and TLOS) 📅
June 22 (all day):  Compassionate Communication: An Introduction (Register)
June 23 (morning): Compassionate Classrooms (more for instructors) (Register)
June 23 (afternoon): Compassionate Communication at Work (more for office staff/interactions) (Register)
Both days have lunch and snacks provided.
Cheri Lemieux Spiegel, PhD ( and Paul Fitzgerald, PhD (
Presented By: Office of Inclusion & Diversity (INDV)
This full-day workshop serves as an introduction to Compassionate Communication. It lays the foundation for more in-depth training sessions offered on Wednesday, June 22, which will focus on bringing compassionate communication into the classroom and sustaining a compassionate consciousness while managing challenging conversations in the higher education workplace. This introductory workshop offers definitions and foundational theories in compassion and empathy. It builds on this foundation with principles of mindful awareness, mindfulness meditation, and nonviolent communication. Together the participants will engage in various awareness exercises and guided meditations. They will practice naming their own feelings and needs, making requests of others, and listening to and articulating the feelings and needs alive in others. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to practice empathetic listening, offering compassionate ears to both themselves and to one another.

Teaching Portfolio Awards 🔷
Please join the University Program in congratulating the following recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Teaching Portfolio Award. Based on reviewer reports, portfolios from this year’s four awardees exemplified student-centered development and creative alignment with the first-year writing curriculum at Virginia Tech.

  • Max Broyden (GTA; MA, English)
  • Jaclyn Drapeau (Instructor; MA, English)
  • Amanda McGlone (Instructor; MA, English)
  • Trevor Snyder (Instructor; MA, English (Creative Writing))

Additional details and links to the portfolios are available at

Pathways Assessment – Spring 2022 💯
Thank you to everyone who submitted Spring 2022 Pathways Assessment data. We collected assessment data from all 176 sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106, which we will compile into a comprehensive report on behalf of the program.

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