Center for Writing Excellence
The Center for Writing Excellence provides two forms of support for faculty professional development. First, it offers presentations and workshops on issues related to Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing In the Disciplines (WID). Second, it sponsors, jointly with Collier Library and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, a one-week writing and research retreat for faculty to work on publications and presentations.
Writing Across the Curriculum & Writing in the Disciplines
The Center for Writing Excellence provides faculty support for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID). This includes any aspect of writing in a course. WAC / WID workshops, presentations, or individual consultations are provided when requested by a faculty member. For more information, contact the CWE director.
Past presentations have included the following resources:
- February 2008: WAC/WID: An Opening Conversation
- March / April 2008: Designing Rubrics for Writing Assignments
- September 2008: Assignment: Audience
- October 2008: Collaborating at the Stapler?
- Sample Rubric by Condon & Mauriello
- Sample Rubric by George Mason Writing Intensive Course Assessment Committee
Faculty Research and Writing Retreat
In 2010, the Center co-sponsored two writing retreats for faculty in May and August. These week-long retreats began at 9 am and ended at 4 pm and met in the basement of Collier Library. At least one such retreat will be held each year, pending funding, either during the third week of May or the second week of August. For more information, contact the CWE director.
During these meetings, faculty worked on their research papers and presentations in a small community forum. The Center director and a Collier Library research librarian provided writing and research support on an as-needed basis, and the group shared their daily goals in the morning and successes in the afternoon. Meals were provided by the Office of the VPAA.