Professional Development Opportunities

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric holds several professional development workshops for faculty in fall, winter, and spring terms.

To see a list of our faculty workshop offerings and to sign up for any event that interests you, please click HERE.

Future Special Events

Third Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research
"Data-Driven Inquiry: Process, Methods, Results"
July 28 - August 9, 2013
at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College's Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, in collaboration with the Council of Writing Program Administrators, announces its second annual two-week Research Summer Seminar, July 28-August 9, 2013.

The 2013 Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research is designed for writing program administrators and writing faculty from all types of higher education venues engaged in research about composition, and looking for an intensive, high-powered two weeks to work on that research and to learn the best approaches and methods from national experts. Guided interaction about participants' projects is offered in the months leading up to the Seminar. The Seminar itself offers coursework, small-group discussion and exchange, individual consultation with Seminar leaders, time to work alone or in groups on research projects, and a concluding presentation to the group with feedback from team leaders.

We will cover a range of topics related to all stages of the research process, and we will tailor our detailed schedule of topics to fit the needs of our selected participants. The 2012 Seminar, for example, covered effective literature reviews, data segmenting and coding, statistics, statistical software, writing for publication, IRB processes, and working with Institutional Research offices.

Program leaders: Charles Bazerman, Cheryl Geisler, Christina Haas, Neal Lerner, Chris Anson (additional nationally-known faculty will be announced as we determine project-specific issues).

Past Special Events

Writing Summit 2012: The Power of Writing in the Contemporary World
October 2-3, 2012
at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Free and open to the public; designed for faculty and students.

The Summit, in honor of the 45th anniversary of the original 1966 Dartmouth Seminar, will focus on writing's power and importance in the world today.

It will feature four keynote speakers with Dartmouth respondents from the speakers' fields and national respondents from composition studies. The discussions will be moderated by Joseph Harris who will also offer a plenary talk.

Keynotes: Katherine Bergeron (Music, Brown University), David McCullough (History), Hortense Spillers (Cultural Studies, Vanderbilt University), Steve Strogatz (Mathematics, Cornell University).

Dartmouth respondents: Dan Rockmore (Mathematics and Neukom Institute), Leslie Butler (History), Melanie Benson-Taylor (Native American Studies)

Composition studies respondents: Patricia Bizzell , Keith Gilyard, Kathi Yancey, Maria Jerskey

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Second Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research
July 29 - August 10, 2012
Hanover, NH

The 2012 Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research is designed for writing program administrators and writing faculty from all types of higher education venues engaged in research about composition, and looking for an intensive, high-powered two weeks to work on that research and to learn the best approaches and methods from national experts. Guided interaction about participants' projects is offered in the months leading up to the Seminar. The Seminar itself offers coursework, small-group discussion and exchange, individual consultation with Seminar leaders, time to work alone or in groups on research projects, and a concluding presentation to the group with feedback from team leaders.

We will cover a range of topics related to all stages of the research process, and we will tailor our detailed schedule of topics to fit the needs of our selected participants. The 2011 Seminar, for example, covered effective literature reviews, data segmenting and coding, statistics, statistical software, writing for publication, IRB processes, and working with Institutional Research offices.

The final seminar participant presentations about each participant's research project are open to the public.
The dates for the final presentations are Thursday 8/9/12 and Friday 8/10/12.
A detailed schedule of the presentations will be released at this site soon.

Contact christiane.donahue@dartmouth.edu with any questions.
Organized in collaboration with the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

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2011 First Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research

Inaugural Topic: “GOT DATA—NOW WHAT?” 

July 31-August 12, 2011

Dartmouth College’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, in collaboration with the Council of Writing Program Administrators, held its first annual two-week Research Summer Seminar, July 31-August 12, 2011 on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH.

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Guest Lecture by Bruce Horner
"Rewriting English: Toward a Translingual Approach to Teaching Writing"
Friday, April 1, 2011, 12:15 pm
Rockefeller Center Class of 1930 Room

A guest lecture by Bruce Horner, Professor, Endowed Chair Rhetoric and Composition, Department of English, University of Louisville.
Dr. Horner's work explores theoretical stances faculty should consider taking towards language difference in students' writing, and practices faculty should consider embracing in their own scholarly work and their teaching. He will offer a general talk for the Dartmouth community, provoking discussion about English and changing world standards.   This event is co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.
Lunch will be served at 12:15 pm, the talk will begin at 12:30 pm. Please register by Wed. 3/30/11.

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Guest Lecture by Gunther Kress
"Social Givens and Semiotic Response: Principles of and Resources for Composition in 21st Century Conditions of Provisionality"
Wednesday, February 23, 2011,  4:30 pm
Rockefeller Center Room 003

Gunther Kress is Professor of Semiotics and Education at the Institute for Education, London, UK. He is a world leader in the study, theorizing, and exploration of multimodality and its impact on composing, communication, meaning-making and design in an increasingly fragmented, individualized world.