University Writing Program
UW20 News & Notes Blog Launched
November 15, 2008
The UW20 have launched a blog to announcement events and activities of interest to the UW20 community. Click here to go to the blog
UW20 Paper Published in Student Publication
January 30, 2008
Andy Noel, student of UW20 Professor Rachel Riedner, just had his UW20 research paper "Ocutl, Or "Being the Torch": Examining the Conversation between Indigenous Voices and Colonialist Discourses." published in the 2008 issue of Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric.
New Publications for UW20 Prof. Malone-France
November 9, 2006
UW20 Prof. Derek Malone-France recently published his first book, Deep Empiricism: Kant, Whitehead, and the Necessity of Philosophical Thesim (Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield Publishers). He has also recently published several articles, including: "Hartshorne and Popper on Existential Necessity: A Deep Empiricist Interpretation," in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion; "Process and Deliberation," in Process Studies; and the forthcoming "Liberalism, Faith and the Virtue of 'Anxiety;" in Faith and Philosophy and "Composition Pedagogy and the Philosophy Curriculum" in Teaching Philosophy.
UW20 Prof. Schell featured in iPod 5th anniversary story
October 20, 2006
UW20 Professor Heather Schell was interviewed by NBC for her work using iPods in her UW20 course. Professor Schell has students produce poscasts. The story was in honor of iPod's 5th anniversary. [Click here to read the full story ]
UWP ED Receives Award to Launch Mentoring Program for NHTSA
June 30, 2006
Executive Director Melinda Knight received an award from the Department of Transportation (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) to develop a mentoring program in technical writing, as part of a major long-term grant and cooperative agreement between GW, the NHTSA, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Crash Analysis Center at GW’s Virginia campus. Prof. Steve Kan in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is the PI. Prof. Robbin Zeff is also included in this award as a technical writing specialist and trainer.
UWP ED Receives 3-Year NTSB Workforce Development Award
May 23, 2006
Executive Director Melinda Knight received a major sponsored award from the National Transportation Safety Board for a three-year Workforce Development Program at the NTSB Training Academy on GW’s Virginia campus. As PI, she is joined by co-investigators Prof. Robbin Zeff of the University Writing Program and Prof. Charlotte Collins and Prof. Josef Reum of the School of Public Health and Health Services.
iPod Use in UW20 Hybrid Course Featured on PBS NewsHour
May 15, 2006
Assistant Professor Heather Schell brought a new feature to her UW20 hybrid course--podcasting. To help her students learn that writing is part of all aspects of communication, her students produced podcasts of their research. Her course's use of postcasting was featured on a segment of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer about the use of iPods in higher education. Click here to read the transcript or listen to the piece on RealAudio.
UW20 Hybrid Courses Featured
April 10, 2006
UW20 hybrid courses are featured in a Spotlight article on the Reinvention Center web site. The Reinvention Center at Stony Brook is a national center focusing on undergraduate education at research universities. The Reinvention Center casts its Spotlight on creative uses of instructional technology to enhance undergraduate instruction at research universities and to address a number of instructional challenges. Four innovative Models for incorporating technology into instruction across many disciplines are offered: Duke University's iPod initiative which uses the mobility and multimedia functions of the iPod for instruction; UCLA's Calibrated Peer Review™, an instructional software tool for teaching writing and critical thinking across the curriculum; University of Colorado's use of "clickers" to enhance engagement and learning in large science lectures; and our hybrid first-year writing courses that combine online and classroom teaching; and writing. Click here to see the full article.
Year Two Assessment of UWP Report Released
March 1, 2006
The UWP Assessment Report for Year two (2004-2005) was released on March 1 st . From student self-reports collected in pre- and post-course surveys, the Program is making great strides in achieving its goals of promoting student engagement, scholarship, and critical thinking skills through the development and practice of good writing. Click here to download the full report.
Undergraduate Writing Preceptors Announced
February 8, 2006
The UWP is pleased to announce its Spring 2006 Undergraduate Writing Preceptors. Undergraduate Writing Preceptors assist in WID courses in their major departments. The program pairs top undergraduate students with faculty members teaching a WID courses. The students serve as writing coaches and are mentored by the course instructors.
- John McCormack is working with Prof. Anbinder in History 166W
- Mireille Nagourney is working with Prof. Brant in French 8
- Paul Natland is working with Prof. Berman in Physics 7
- Robyn Wiencko is working with Prof. Ziolkowski in Classics 72
- Stephen Wood is working with Prof. Churchill in Philosophy 132W
- Hesham Zakaria is working with Prof. White in Physics 8W
The program was launched this past fall with our three inaugural preceptors: Emily Voshell who worked with Prof. Combs in English 71W, Nikole Yinger who worked with Prof. Brand-Ballard in Philosophy 142W, and Claire Selsky who worked with Prof Belenky in French 30. The program was piloted last spring by Prof. Elizabeth Fisher in her Classics 72W course.
Graduate Writing Preceptors Announced
September 10, 2005
The UWP launched its Graduate Writing Preceptors program this year with the awarding of its preceptorships for 2005-2006 to Jennifer Cho (English), Ashley Denham (English), Charity Fox (American Studies), and Jeannine Love (Public Policy & Public Administration). These four inaugural preceptors will receive extensive training in the teaching of writing. Their training will begin spring semester with a graduate level writing course on the theory and practice of teaching writing (UW702). Then they will spend a semester tutoring in the writing center and serve as a graduate assistant in a WID course. After all of this training in the teaching of writing, they will then have the opportunity to teach their own UW20 section.