August 2022 Announcements

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

Resources as You Begin the Semester

Fall 2022 Syllabus Collection
Faculty and GTAs are asked to submit syllabi for ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 to writing -AT- vt.edu no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 24. Asst. Chair Jared Gibbs will be circulating a separate message about syllabus collection for all courses in the English Department other than ENGL1105 and ENGL1106.

University Writing Program Calendar Updates
The Fall 2022 University Writing Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite. Professional development events will be announced within the next couple of weeks. In collaboration with the Rhetoric & Writing PhD Program and the Center for Rhetoric in Society (CRS), we’re excited to be hosting a guest speaker at the end of October (details to be announced soon).

Odyssey Database, Newman Library – Open Educational Resources for Writing
Several videos on peer review, multimodal writing, and rhetorical analysis are available in Newman Library’s Odyssey Database. The collection features materials developed by Tim Becker, Chloe Robertson, and Yemi Awotayo, along with colleagues from Newman Library, with support from Pathways. Notably the video this team created on peer review has received many tens of thousands of views in a little over one year (i.e., not only is it good, it’s popular!).

Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
The University Writing Program has published 31 pieces of distinguished student writing since 2019–all of it nominated by you, the faculty and GTAs who do the invaluable work of preparing Virginia Tech undergraduates for writing across academic, public/civic, and personal spheres. We encourage everyone teaching first-year writing at Virginia Tech to consider incorporating selections from the distinguished student writing (http://www.hokieswrite.com/distinguished-writing/) in your teaching this year. Additionally, the UWP will be exploring a PressBooks installation to aid with the accessibility and sustainable curation of these materials; please contact Derek Mueller at dmueller@vt.edu if you are interested in learning more or possibly pitching in on this effort.

2022 Corridors Conference
The schedule/program is posted for the 2022 Corridors conference happening this fall on Saturday, October 1, 2022, in Shanks Hall. The theme is “Writing Changes: Remaking Rhetoric in Times of Uncertainty.” The program features 44 presenters from 19 colleges and universities (Virginia Tech, 15; Old Dominion, 6; Radford, 3; James Madison, 3; George Mason, 2; Mercer, 2; College of Charleston; CUNY College of Technology; U Virginia; U Louisville; Ohio State U; Utah Tech; Purdue; Georgia Southern; Appalachian State; Duke Kunshan U; Adam Mickiewicz U; and American U of Sharjah). Learn more at http://corridors.hokieswrite.com/.

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 (thus far we have confirmed interest from seven colleagues). Mueller will be writing to those all who have expressed interest in the group about an adjusted meeting schedule. We still have space (and copies) for 1-2 more participants. Please contact writing@vt.edu to express interest in participating.

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